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George Strait Covers Iconic Song, 'Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)'

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George Strait and Alan Jackson are not strangers to a hit song. They also know exactly how to pull at our heartstrings with one performance.

What is better than a country music legend singing their #1 song? Another country music legend covering the hit!  

When Strait took the stage to sing the emotional, "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turing)" the crowd was still. 

Jackson wrote the ballad in 2001 after the September 11th attacks on the U.S. He didn't have any clue what the song would eventually amount to in terms of success or reliability. He wrote what he was feeling at a vulnerable time in our country's history, and of course it resonated with fans. 

The song peaked at #1 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and remained at the top spot for nearly 5 weeks. 

At the end of Strait's performance, the crowd rose to their feet, including the man behind the song. We are just grateful this special moment was caught on camera!

The footage is from the 2008 CMT Giants: Alan Jackson tribute concert. Fellow singers and fans gathered to honor his illustrious career, with kind words and tribute performances. 

Watch the touching perfomance below. 


Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell
You the difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

And the greatest is love.
And the greatest is love.

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?

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