play Oklahoma by Dan Bern and Chris Chandler

from Co-writes

Oklahoma by Dan Bern and Chris Chandler



On the 19th day of April

In 1995

There was the worst car bombing

Near 200 people died



In Oklahoma City

On Wednesday nine o'clock

They struck the federal building

Took out near half the block



They thought it was an earthquake

Made trees and lightpoles bend

And folks thought they were seeing

The world about to end



It blew the building open

It lay there like a wound

Twisted pipes and wires

Silent like a tomb



Yeah, they blew the building open

And blew folks lives apart

Firefighters mumbling

And wondering where to start



They rushed out some survivors

But soon could only cry

And place the dead in caskets

And ask the dear lord why



Prayer for the missing

For daughters and for sons

Prayers for the souls of those

Who'd never heard a one



Kevin Small was lucky

His clock needed repair

He overslept an hour

His three-year old son was spared



But for too many others

The news was not so bright

One baby got her picture in the paper

Then she died



The President, he promised

They'd pay dearly for the blast

and all across the country

Flags were flying at half mast



Shock soon turned to anger

"Who would do this?" people said

And everyone suspicious

Had a price upon their head



They thought it was some Arabs

And folks began ton scream

"First tighten up the borders

Then hang 'em from a tree



This proves what we've been saying

'Bout our fair and gentle land

Nobody who did this

Could be an American"



The FBI got busy

Some drawings and some names

And everyone was looking

For someone else to blame



Some 50 hours later

Early Friday day

They found the man they wanted

In jail ten miles away



A so-called right extremist

A patriot government foe

An expert on explosions

And white as drive snow



When people heard the news they found it

Hard to understand

How could such a murderer

Come from our own land



But when we build walls and borders

From fear and hate and guns

The hatred turns around and

Strikes at everyone



Maybe now we'll understand

Maybe now we'll see

Superpatriots are seldom

Friends of you and me



They're scared and weak and cowards

And they think that with their guns

The ones they're most afraid of

Will turn around and run



But when we stand strong together

And let love enjoy its will

Misfortune can't defeat us

It makes us stronger still



Like on the 19th day of April

In 1995

A day all Oklahomans will

Remember all their lives

Credits:

Written By Dan Bern and Chirs Chandler

released on Dan Bern's "Dog Boy Van"

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updated: 7 years ago