The Ballad of William Rodriguez

It was a beautiful September morning!
Now everyone remembers that date!
World Trade Center worker, William Rodriguez
Was lucky to be coming in late …
He’d been clockin’ in to his janitor job
For twenty long years, don’t you know…
He’d even survived the ’93 basement bombing…
That injured a thousand or so…

As he walked into the Maintenance Office
Right down there on sub-level one
His buddy Felipe stormed in the room screamin’
In panic and pain he did run
When a fiery blast from the elevator shaft
Burned the skin off his face and his arms
Felipe was screamin’ “Explosion! Explosion!”
Then came the sound of alarms!
The building was shaking and groaning
From below them they heard a great roar
Then above came the crash of a jet plane exploding
While below was still “rattling the floor”
So Willie led Felipe out before the tower fell…
Went back down and rescued some more…
Then he went in again and he ran up the stairwell…
Heard a series of blasts in the core…

Saving lives made him a “Ground Zero” hero
He was praised for his bravery
NBC sent a film crew to his home for an interview
But they didn’t put his story on TV
He testified to the 9-11 Commission
On the truth he would not compromise…
Then his story, like others, went the way of omission
Cause it contradicted the lies

It was a terrible nine-eleven morning!
Now everyone remembers that date!
World Trade Center worker, William Rodriguez
Was lucky to be coming in late …
If he’d come in on time, he’d ‘a been on the top floors
He’d not have known of explosions below!
He was lucky to survive those demolition bombings…
That murdered three thousand or so…

© 2005 Victor Rene Sadot/Orbian Love Music/BMI

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