February 19

“Hello God” is Parton’s Prayer in Response to 9/11 Attack

There have been many songs written and recorded about the 9-11 attack that took place almost two decades ago. The deadliest terrorist attack in human history inspired many singers and songwriters to make a song related to it. Some of these songs honor the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives to save others. There were also songs that offer hope and prayer to the victims and their loved ones. But, there’s one song that serves as a response prayer to the deadliest incident. That tune is no other than Dolly Parton’s “Hello God.” This record appeared on the singer’s album Halos & Horns released in 2002.

Dolly Parton, Hello God, Response Prayer, 9-11 Attack
Photo credit: Dolly Parton/Official Facebook Page

“Hello God:” A Response Prayer

This song was considered a rare recording of Dolly Parton. It was released following the 9-11 incident. In fact, the tune was meant as a prayer in response to the bombing which took thousands of lives and ruined a billion worth of properties. In the song, Parton poured out her heartbreak, pain, doubts, and questions before God. The opening of the tune seeks God’s presence and the narrator even challenged Him to intervene if they’re “still on speaking terms.”

Hello God, are you out there? 
Can you hear me, are you listenin’ any more? 
Hello God, if we’re still on speakin’ terms 
Can you help me like before?

She went on to admit how her doubting of His existence had turned her into a cold person. Yet, when things became too complex to deal with, she turned back to God for help. This is just an indication of the singer’s faith in someone out there who can be everyone’s ultimate refuge.

In the second verse, Parton mentioned about the troubles going on in the world and asked God to help in fixing it. She was specifically referring to the terrorist attacks disturbing peace and order posing threats to others. Toward the end of the stanza, the singer expressed her doubt on God’s unconditional love for the entire humanity.

This old world has gone to pieces 
Can we fix it, is there time? 
Hate and violence just increases 
We’re so selfish, cruel and blind 
We fight and kill each other 
In your name, defending you 
Do you love some more than others? 
We’re so lost and confused

Learn more about the song’s message by listening to it below.



Dolly Parton

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