Voices Of Our Vote: #MYAAPIVote Album

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Electrons pushing photographs into outer space, Yeah I see blood spatter, and teargas smithereens. I got these pictures inside my head, and I can’t get them outta my mind. And you and I constructed terms and anagrams, Things like the war on drugs, and the TPP, And I pushed them out of my mind these days, Cause I can’t feel anything else, And I can’t escape, I can’t escape these Twenty-first century post-liberal blues. It’s photons and injures and phantograms, I’ve got that video tape reel, it’s looping on repeat, And I can’t get it out of my head these days, I just see what woman lying right there. And lately I’ve been learning things I didn’t understand Things like black lives matter, and that wall street is a lie, And I can’t get it out of my head these days, It’s just that video tape reel, I can’t explain, I can’t explain these Twenty-first century post-liberal blues. It’s neutrons and scar tissue and pictograms, Tracking bruise patterns and the public memory, You put these pictures inside my head, And I can’t get them out of my mind. And you and I constructed shapes and diagrams, Following crime scenes, and the minimum wage, You put these pictures inside my head, And I can’t see anything else. I can’t escape, I can’t escape these Twenty-first century post-liberal blues.
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AHHHH OOOOOO OOOOOO If you see something You better say something Or Nothing at all So don’t make any accidents You need more evidence
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I never felt so alive, I wonder when this feeling dies I wonder what happens when two doves cry, yes and the world survives It’s no surprise, it’s no surprise this shit has opened up our eyes But I’ve been advised to just stay quiet while they feed us lies and will divide I recognize but what can I do,, I sometimes lay back and just take it When the issues that affecting us now yo they clearly do not make it Do you feel that too, yeah just like me, but we’re silent too yeah I agree We’re too critical too yeah to a degree , will we see that change , yeah, but it’s not likely But I tell you now that this shit matters, its was written in the signs of all the patterns Of every single moment that came before us where we didn’t act and it all shattered That’s why I get worked up every time I speak, with every new step still feel defeat And tho I feel the heat, I will not retreat, keep doing this strong til we are complete! Sometimes I just need you to lie and tell me it's fine, it'll be alright Have you been there too, well I’m here to tell you that together we’ll fight And the world is crumbling down, got demons all around yea provokin us It's times like this in our lives when we need not me, not you, but all of us i'm broken up and every day i'm feeling a pain that i'd soon regret, lifes debt. and i bet you’ve felt it too crawling in your skini\from toes to neck So i look to you, us two can get through it all,, yea by and by maybe it’s then we can change the world, but for now let's start with you and I one day when my back is strong, and my tounge is twice as sharp I will lift us up, find a way to right our wrongs, and then find a way to mend our hearts, let's start But for now if you’re feeling like me, this is just the start and the feeling mighty Will it disappear well it’s not likely cuz we on the rise and we feeling so free, let’s be like I am the whitest whitest asian that you ever did see So when I tell you I’m out there working man I’m not doing it just for me I’m doing it for you and you and your mom Representing out there so strong Trying to prove you and i belong I feel it so deep so I wrote this song To prove that you and I can do this, it’s Ludacris how they view this We worked twice as hard to pursue this so let’s snatch the crown while they remain clueless But we are no victims, we can get lifted, demographics on our side that never been listed We are on a mission, barely even started, to change ourselves as well as the system
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Quick fix, disposable Everyone’s identical Maybe I’m too critical But why are we invisible Movie screens and politics Treated like a monolith Waiting for a catalyst Or you could be that activist You say you want it But are you gonna work for it Staying complacent When it’s not to your benefit Identity all hyphenated #WhitewashedOUT but motivated Problem with that one percent It’s time for us to re-orient You've gotta stand up to break the ceiling ‘cause you could do better We could be better You could be the GameChanger Sidekick, minority Changing every industry Strength in this diversity Power in community Part of that diaspora Killer with a camera Musician & world travella it's gunnarolla You say you want it But are you gonna work for it Staying complacent When it’s not to your benefit Identity all hyphenated #WhitewashedOUT but motivated Problem with that one percent It’s time for us to re-orient You've gotta stand up to break the ceiling ‘cause you could do better We could be better You could be the GameChanger You know that I'll be #PraisinTheAsian Because we need some better representation You've gotta stand up to break the ceiling ‘cause you could do better We could be better You could be the GameChanger
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Speak up now And tell them your tales The shadows Can't silence the sound Stand up dear Let us see your face Speak up now You've something to say Tell 'em the truth bout what you've seen On the way from Galilee Tell 'em the truth bout what you've seen Don't go, don't go quietly Into the night, into the night And don't go, don't go quietly Into the night, into the night Move faster And quicken the pace They're after The words you don't say Tread loudly Be sure they can hear Speak up now So they don't go astray
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Give you our tired Give you our poor And you will work them til they die And blame them for the hell you fashioned Give you our best Give you our brightest You just treat them like outsiders And profit from their desperation America, America Tell us your tales Sell us your fables Your exceptionalism Is every empire’s rationalization Bless the favored In the patriot church If they will kneel to the elite They’ll be rewarded as tools of oppression America, America America, America Give us your values Give us your promises We’ll act as if you mean them And save you from your self-destruction America, America America, America
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should I run, should I run away should I run away and never look back? (oh no, oh no) how I could I ever go back the way I left? I’ll be rapping my tail off -- truly on my lizard flow brother, I ain’t scared though running through this jungle and I’m feeling like a nomad no, man. no more letting these opinions drive a boat to no man’s land in the sand and maybe you will live the kodak moment after moment; every time you need to go back and recuperate to the lab again, drawing board or labyrinth hunger’s like a labrador retriever and it’s back again hello. tryna not be othello I believed the hype, mistaking grapes for morellos didn’t realize that it would taste sour every second, every hour, certainly was not godiva I was certain I was ready for this journey unknown it’s better not to know how the journey unfolds if I knew, man, I’d run away, I’d run away like a coward I would cower, never taking steps of faith man, I’m looking for some peace, some peace of mind cause I got it so conflicted I put the focus all about chasing dreams and neglected living out my convictions (wait a minute) I gotta pause and recall why I did it in the first place never entered in this race to be first place ‘cause the last shall be put ahead I truly hope this adventure is budapest beautiful is the campaign, can’t blame everybody for my bad aim and back pain all because of low standards I’m shooting at -- going for the max damage feeling insecure cause the money short handed. drinking my pride by the pints and the gallons. maybe it’s true that I made a mistake for not being a coward and taking these steps of faith how you feeling? I’m feeling good today x3 shalom, cause everything will be okay give me a second to recollect, they tell me my record is irregular they talking I walk a line between sacred and secular, save it for the reckoners, it's red in my eyes, I'm tip toeing through these terminals & floating in skies I see my clout up in the clouds, clouded by the thousands of people tellin’ me that with my words they get aroused this route dun' kept me from around the way? I'm hardly home my momma wonder if I'm sound and safe the safest sound is in my hotel, sending off my hope mail, I need some peace & quiet speaking to God is hard to do now if I'm honest all this talk about what ima do now as an artist isn't it all it's cracked up to be, crack a smile for company, accompanied with questions ‘bout the quest I'm on for greatness I question if these people look at me & think I'm famous it's crazy cuz, I started making music for some peace, a way to get away from all the drama in the streets, should I run?
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0:10 I don’t tell THE Asian-American story, I Tell OUR American storiES In hopes that one day our people will see glory Do you feel me? (Yeah~) But if you don’t? That’s cool And if any one of these words breaks through and resonates with you The struggles you been through Pain you thought only you knew? This whole life been worth it. Mama birthed me with a purpose, from Chinese restaurants, and nail salons, and into churches Been called worthless Been felt hurt inside So if you’re numb, just know that feeling exists for a defensive service I ain’t mad at you! But beyond the bitterness that’s been in us, we’re buildin up these stories and the world will bear the benefits We been a mess, but nothing’s been amiss You gotta break some eggs evry time you make an omelet ahh I break it apart to put it back together like chemo on cancer I have, no, answers Just questions that’ll open up topics of discussion You’ll have to shoot me to shut me up, I ain’t budgin And maybe YOU won’t march or stand, but You can, listen and Speak Listen, to me, speak And I’ll listen to you, Preach
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We are not invisible No no no Not yo stereo typical Yo yo Yo Wake up Timing is critical Homey They are not invincible We are not invisible And when the sun goes down that's when you fooling around Cruising the town until the men in blue all come out I'm taking back streets to the factory I think they after me I swear I didn't do it come on man stop harassing me But that's the times dude that's just what I'm used to Who's who in a world filled with cookoos It's crucial so I choose to take the high road Might go psycho ice cold on the mic tho Don't complain make a change Do it now Tomorrows too late no someday do it now one cry fall on def ears but together our voices loud The past died for you to have a choice Use it now Don't Consume what the Media feed u Eatin that'll give u a heart attack Sponsored message to mislead u But we smarter than that Recognize the power we hold Won't barter that The world is ours How hard is that? We are not invisible No no no Not yo stereo typical Yo yo Yo Wake up Timing is critical Homey They are not invincible We are not invisible
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VOTE VOTE (QU TOU PIAO) haters don’t want u to vote, stick it to em go vote vote (qu tou piao*) vote fucking do it make them listen to your needs vote yr fucking heart out you are powerful you are important check those fucking boxes you can do anything local elections all vote everything all vote everything do it do it do it! vote fucking do it make them listen to your needs vote yr fucking heart out vote fucking do it make them listen to your needs vote yr fucking heart out asian president that can be you friend you are powerful you are important check those fucking boxes you can do anything local elections protect your community make the world a better place you are a goddess haters don’t want u to vote, stick it to em go vote vote (qu tou piao*) *"go vote" in mandarin
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you never know who's going to be there you never know who’s worth fighting for until its too late not up to fate and those memories never fade away will that make you change today? you never know who's around the corner you never know if it's your neighbor could they be the one to see the sun when your eyes are blinded from the things you've done will that make you change your ways? don't be afraid to try don’t ever wonder why This could be the start of something beautiful This could be the start of something wonderful like being hit, with a lightning bolt electrify you to your soul don’t wait until tomorrow you never know who will surprise you you never know who will love you more when there's words to say but your too afraid then you panic and you wanna run away If I hold you will you stay? Follow your inner voice It's time to make a choice This could be the start of something beautiful This could be the start of something wonderful like being hit, with a lightning bolt electrify you to your soul don’t wait until tomorrow This could be the start of something beautiful This could be the start of something wonderful like being hit, with a lightning bolt electrify you to your soul don’t wait until tomorrow Don’t wait until tomorrow (x3)
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Young girl did you think everything was alright Cuz I’ve seen too many people trying to pick a fight We’re losing everything we’d proudly built before So we can’t just sit back anymore while we let them write the score to a dangerous encore Cuz the truth is that we’ve got to say Something before they get their way Just use the voice inside let your words take flight You know you’ve got that right Go ahead roll down your windows Sing along & give it all you got If you feel me put your hands up Don’t take your time, we’ve only got one shot Let me hear you sing it loud Ohhhh I’ve found the more I say the more I make a change I use my song in hopes that you might feel the same Because as crazy as this seems, your made up of more than dreams. You’ve got that light You can be that change, maybe rearrange we’ve gotta stick together change it for the better Go ahead roll down your windows Sing along & give it all you got If you feel me put your hands up Don’t take your time, we’ve only got one shot Let me hear you sing it loud Ohhhh The truth is we’ve got to say Something before they get their way Just use the voice inside let your words take flight You know you’ve got that right Go ahead roll down your windows Sing along & give it all you got If you feel me put your hands up Don’t take your time, we’ve only got one shot Let me hear you sing it loud Ohhhh Go ahead roll down your windows Sing along & give it all you got If you feel me put your hands up Don’t take your time, we’ve only got one shot Let me hear you sing it loud Ohhhh
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Take an eraser to my face Feed me history thats laced with opium Take your anger to the streets Take your violence out on these feet on which I stand I'm not here to steal your gold I'm just here to realize a dream that I was sold No brother could have foretold That I wouldn't make it to old age In this land of the courageous and the fearful Cut a finger from my left hand just to point it back at me Love me leave me hanging breathless swaying from a palm tree Lay me down but not to rest Cut me open, but call me blessed Kill every one of us on sight Crash through the yellow like a traffic light Take a paintbrush to right and wrong Paint a picture of an alien who doesnt belong Take cover beneath these streets Those above couldn't care less when you stop breathing
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In a minute from now things won’t be the same Even seconds from now you can make that change Looking into the world you may never see All the hatred from now or past history We were brought to life With to two ears, two eyes To listen and hear those who hurt inside Our purpose is to love Be the change you wanna see in this life Can we be the reason there’s some faith left in this world? Can we be…the future that holds meaning to it’s worth Can we be…Can we be… Can we be….the reason there’s some faith left in this world? Tell me why does the news fade things black and white Believe that it’s wrong when they say its right And it shifts all our thoughts to entitled minds We judge and become more closed off, bruised and blind
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There is a pain in my soul You know it deep in yours too We knew it from the start We’ll know it to the end What are we to do when the horrors that we do exceed all possibilities? When the boundaries of evil break and we look away at the altar of luxury? Men, women, and children all over the world, we are all common humanity When will we learn to live together in love and in humility? Like black and white and day and night Weakness and might, even fundamentally No, we do not see eye to eye But we bleed the same inside Look to your left, and the person there might need a prayer Look to your right, and the person there has battles to fight Look all around, and the people there are your sister, brother And everyone needs lovin’ understandin’ today We all bleed the same inside If only we had eyes We all bleed the same inside Black and yellow, white and red, brown All the colors we could love instead We need giving, not demanding, sacrificial love
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Please Come with me To the tops of the peaks Said you love Now we are home She’s On our skin Is the air caving in Knee deep In all of our sleep There on our screen Are the speakers of we Come all Gather as one Brother We bleed So let’s rise to our feet Choose for change to come All I know is Stand Our color’s wide Speak freely Running sweet to the center With our noise Seek whom to lead us Paint glory In the nation that saved us With sisters that held us through it all Some days I know It’s a fast-sinking goal To see A beautiful home Love It can bleed Be the shadow of eve Become A face we don’t know But what It all means Be the change at the seams Look here babe Let’s better our sight Life Let it in Let it humble our skin Fill up All of my lungs So I will breathe and Bridge It’s time we bring our souls together All the numbers we have All the rights in our hands Our movement will catch Onto young hearts And all they’ll know is to
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Guess I'm caught up in the middle ground Cause everyone cutting off the middle now Wanna make a change? Gotta pick it now Pick it how? Pick a side Better do it quick before they all go lay you down No, no, no, no; all I see is lies, yet they want it televised I should speak out on what's inside, still I sit in here and hide This could be our funeral song Wanna hold you longer I could hear our funeral song Wish I held you longer Please tell me what the hell is going on Why should I even care at all? Toupees, toupees, toupees Heads fiasco, not like Lupe Said amazing watching UK No fucks given bout what you say Ok, what you gon do, boy? Think we gon lose, boy? Better make a run, never giving up my gun Gonna give it to my son, makin sure he git-r-done, boy, hm With that hole in your chest I got no prob putting blood on my neck It's now redder than ever, I'll empty this chamber on 36 strangers I'm better than ever, right hand on my heart Burning this cross, checking the box with some barbecue sauce I wanna hold on, wanna hold on Praying the rest of you won't be here long No, oh Lord, no Please tell me what the hell is going on Why should I even care at all? E-mails, e-mails, e-mails 30,000 for one female Private servers in that retail FBI still found no details Alright, hidden in plain sight Cause our pockets never looking light I got 18 million in the bank account You just 18 million, that's a small amount Oh, why can't you see it's all fine I insist that you should turn a blind eye Tighten this tie, fall back in line Kiss all your dreams, sayonara, goodbye Already you lost one, I'm with the top ones Private jet on the runway, watching Top Gun Better hold on, better hold on Be with the wealthy or you won't last here long, no Please tell me what the hell is going on Why should I even care at all? America, America, God done shed his grace on me I'm gon get mine, *beep* you long time From sea to shining sea
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I’m the girl who puts her bass in your face shaking it left to right system bumping through the night this is the life we lead eat sleep breathe and repeat it loving it like I need it I feel so good I feel so free I wish the whole world could dance with me this love is worldwide and I feel your vibe don’t you ever stop its keeping me alive I just wanna rock it with a global style all around the world the movement’s globalized I wanna feel your soul I wanna hear your voice no need to back down you know you have a choice I wanna hear all the music inside you I wanna see what moves you and inspires you don’t ever compare just do your thing there’s a place in the sun for all the styles we bring For all the people across the globe what you create is worth more than gold don’t ever hold back give it to me real keep the fire blazing with the love we feel (x2) want you to give it everything tonight give it your all take your time and do it right want you to open up because I wanna know inside there is a mystery you gotta let it show the sound gets louder and louder from all the drumbeats and power the musics harder and harder this is not mine this is ours who I am is a flower the kind you wanna devour gotta show me love keep it on lock feels so good better not stop lets break the rules tonight right to the other side a place where we can fly something for you and I I’ll be there for you if you’ll be there for me and we can fight together in this struggle until we’re free they wanna hold us back but we don’t wanna wait I’ll never give up I’ll never hesitate til this mission’s through I’ll do it all for you and when the beat drops well that would be your cue For all the people across the globe what you create is worth more than gold don’t ever hold back give it to me real keep the fire blazing with the love we feel (x2)
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Meihua meihua man tian xia Yue len ta yue kai hua Meihua meihua chang zhe wo man Mei mei di da zhong hua Meihua meihua man tian xia Yue len ta yue kai hua Meihua meihua chang zhe wo man Mei mei di da zhong hua Oh, kitty in the tree Oh, kitty in the tree Oh, kitty in the tree Oh, kitty in the tree
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Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih From darkness to light From death, mortality, to living eternal life From isolation, to liberation From ignorance, a darkness, to finally seeing the light

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18MillionRising presents Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album - a compilation album featuring 32 politically empowering tracks by an eclectic mix of Asian American musicians. Given the current political climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and increased racial tension, turning out to vote as an AAPI community this November 8th is more important than ever. At 18MillionRising, we believe that music can shift hearts and minds, and with the release of the Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVoteAlbum, we believe music can activate Asian America to the polls.

This album was created in partnership with the Asian North Americans music curation platform TRAKTIVIST (traktivist.com); with Kollaboration (www.kollaboration.org) who supports APIs in arts and entertainment by showcasing and connecting creative talents; with the oldest currently running Asian American open mic space Tuesday Night Project (tuesdaynightproject.org); and the South Asian diaspora music and online mixtape site Mishthi Music (mishthimusic.com). All proceeds earned from the album will be donated to 18MillionRising (18MillionRising.org), an organization promoting AAPI civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.

The album will officially drop on VoicesOfOurVote.org on on Sept. 6th will be available on Pandora, YouTube and Bandcamp. It includes Asian American musicians like rapper Rocky Rivera, singer/songwriter St. Lenox, electronic beat maker Gingee, hip-hop artist SETI X, YouTube pop sensation Gunrolla, and ISATV’s DANakaDAN. 18MillionRising will also work with the musicians with a Voices of Our Vote Tour, registering young people to vote at concerts between now and Election Day.

You can download Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album at www.VoicesOfOurVote.org on September 6th, 2016.

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