With tomorrow being the 11 year anniversary of the September 11th terrorism attacks on our nation, we here at Legends Of Springsteen wish to take a moment to reflect.
Originally written in November of 2000 as a song for the struggling city of Asbury Park, NJ, "My City Of Ruins" took on an entire new meaning when Bruce played it in the video above. On September 21st, 2001 FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS all aired America: A Tribute To Heroes, a telethon to raise money for the victims of 9/11, in particular the families of the police and firemen who perished.
When Bruce came on with just a guitar and harmonica (and some familiar background singers), and sang this virtually unknown song, it didn't matter if he was singing about NYC or Asbury Park or any other city for that matter. It didnt matter if he was singing about a city that had been crippled by terrorism or a poor economy. All that mattered was that he was singing about people in need. And most importantly "with these hands" we will pray and rebuild that city, so that it may "rise up".