April 19 — SHADES OF GRAY, Robert Earl Keen (1997)

imageToday marks 21 years since the Oklahoma City bombing, a moment that stands still for many Americans. I visited the site about two weeks after. The blown-apart building still stood, surrounded by security. What I remember most vividly is the scrunching of broken glass under my feet for several blocks around the site. At Rotary today, the speaker was the Highway Patrolman who stopped Timothy McVeigh for a missing license plate. He recounted the day in sharp detail, his place in history only by happenstance. Two years after the bombing, Robert Earl released this song about some n’er-do-wells who stole some cattle, were stopped by law enforcement under suspicion of bombing the Murrah Building, and then released. “These are just some sorry kids. They ain’t the ones.”


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