9/11 We Will Never Forget… – “Broken Lungs” by Thrice


Today, we celebrate the 12th anniversary of 9/11.  Dustin Kensrue and Thrice produced a song called “Broken Lungs” that still troubles many fans to this day.  It challenges the listener to rethink “the official story”.  While I do not agree at all with the extreme conspiracy theorists claiming this was “an inside job,” I definitely agree to the extent that the entire story is definitely not being revealed.  (Since when did the media, mainstream or otherwise, present the whole truth of any event?)

Nevertheless, let us agree as Christians that Almighty God is sovereign, despite the malevolent deeds of those who were behind the atrocities of this, the saddest day in America’s history.  Let us also remember those who lost loved ones and pray for continued comfort.

Here’s Dustin’s song commentary found on the vinyl liner notes:

This song has been a stumbling block to people, which is good I think. You shouldn’t be able to listen to it comfortably. Whatever you think about the events of 9/11, there is nothing to be lost by examining the official story and seeing if it adds up and makes the most sense of the facts. The trajectory of the modern world springs forward from those events and if we hold a false view of those events, it will be impossible to steer well into the future. Don’t be turned away by disinformation; there are many credible sources out there and a diverse crowd of people (physicists, theologians, FBI agents, me, etc.) who believe that the official story is omitted and distorting much of what happened that terrible day. So I hope this song might trouble you and encourage you to look deeper into the issue. Also, I set these words down with a heavy heart but an open mind, knowing that I may not clearly understand the whole picture, but knowing enough to firmly believe that the story we were given does not add up, and a more honest or unified explanation does not seem forthcoming.

(h/t miklocksfor the scan of the liner notes)


“Proper faith involves trust, based on good reason.” -Dustin Kensrue

Below quotes taken from “Interview with Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue” (by Mike Horvath of Pure Grain Audio – May 1, 2008)

When asked why he believes in God, Dustin answered:

  • “Faith, as it was talked of in the past, is something that you have enough evidence to believe firmly in, that you put your trust in.”
  • “So I think proper faith should involve you having to make that choice of trust, based on good reason.  So, I don’t understand everything about God…basically I had to come to grips with the fact that I wasn’t going to understand everything—I wasn’t going to know everything—and that was hard for me.  But I think that’s important distinction to make, because you can’t actually have blind faith.”