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The streets are filled with soot and dust

The sky has been stained a wispy rust

The good are filled with shock and disgust

The evil revel and rejoice in their bloodlust

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

The city is awash in grief and tears

The country is swept by waves of fear

The sense of security has disappeared

What was over there is now right here

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

The skyline has been brought asunder

Plunged into a hell of smoke and thunder

The pictures and images are beyond all wonder

The lost are way too many to number

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

The pillars that once held up the sky

The immortals that could never die

Laid low by terror let loose on high

We stand here in disbelief and cry

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

But we shall heal and we shall mend

We shall bring the blackhearted tyranny to its end

We shall double one hundred and ten

We shall rise to rebuild again

And the mighty shall not fall again

The mighty shall never fall—amen.

© 2023 The Hesh Inc./Reality Shock Music Inc.

"How the Mighty Have Fallen" - original AI art by The Hesh Inc.
The skyline has been brought asunder, plunged into a hell of smoke and thunder.

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Izzy Kieffer and I had recorded several songs about the tragedy. One of them, "The September Cloud," was released on our first album as REALITY SHOCK. Several more were left off, and we thought at the time that we might include one or more of them on a subsequent album project. Alas, REALITY SHOCK's second album never came to be; both Izzy and I went on to work on our own respective projects, each of us helping the other out during the recording process. Soon Izzy was hard at work on his own second album, and he did some more work on this one, which was originally titled "Lamentation, Sept. 11, 2001," adding vocals and guitar, and giving it an initial mix. Unfortunately it was left off that album too.

But there was no reason to keep it under wraps indefinitely, so this year we chose to make it public. Here it is, with a title change. We remember the tragic events of September 11, honor the memory of all those who were lost and who lost loved ones, and declare that the mighty shall never fall again.


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