Song, "Blacksburg Virginia", Nicolle Freni, 2007 (Ms2008-020)

Title

Song, "Blacksburg Virginia", Nicolle Freni, 2007 (Ms2008-020)

Description

Song written and performed by Nicolle Freni in response to the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech.

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Date

Rights

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Format

audio/wav

Language

English

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Identifier

Ms2008-020_B282_F17_2007

Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 Archives of the University Libraries, Ms2008-020, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Rights Holder

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Transcription

There’s a lone wailing in Virginia
Where a nation’s hearts beat as one
For the day in Blacksburg, Virginia
Where one man took so many with a gun

It’s a quiet, friendly place, Blacksburg, Virginia
Where the mountains and the rivers all run free
But it only takes one man with access to gun
And a hatred for all humanity

How does a hollow heart get wounded
How can we recognize the signs
When the worlds all connected now
So many wires tying up the lines
Can’t we bring ourselves to go and stop a crime

Why do so many have to die before we do
What we should have done before
Why do so many have to cry before we see the writing on the wall

Our nation learns a lesson about dying
When it happens on its own, Cherry told me
Now on some fallen shore
We’re in someone else’s war
But crying for its own young's destiny

Why do so many have to die before we do
What we should have done before
Why do so many have to cry before we see the writing on the wall

They say the right to bear arms is important
To protect yourself from others bearing arms
But the ones who say this aren’t yet broken
By seeing their loved ones made into pawns

Don’t they know about that love
That the loss of them diminishes us all
Don’t they see or are their hearts empty
There's enough death around without their war

America, America please listen
Your children embrace you in the sun
The hopes of generations lie hanging by a thread
At the mercy of anyone with a gun
Don’t let them kill your children one by one
No mercy, no mercy for the gun

There’s a lone wailing in Virginia
Where a nation's hearts beat as one
For the day in Blacksburg, Virginia
Where one man took so many with a gun
Don’t let them kill your children one by one
No mercy, no mercy for the gun

Duration

00:05:02

Bit Rate/Frequency

1411.2 kbps

Citation

Freni, Nicolle, “Song, "Blacksburg Virginia", Nicolle Freni, 2007 (Ms2008-020),” VT Special Collections and University Archives Online, accessed December 2, 2023, http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/Ms2008-020/Ms2008-020_B282_F17_2007.