Ruth Sanga - Lovin' Understandin'

from Voices Of Our Vote: #MYAAPIVote Album by Various Artists



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: #MyAAPIVote Album, 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 (; with Kollaboration ( 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 (; and the South Asian diaspora music and online mixtape site Mishthi Music ( All proceeds earned from the album will be donated to 18MillionRising (, an organization promoting AAPI civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.


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


from Voices Of Our Vote: #MYAAPIVote Album, released September 6, 2016
Abraham Kim: drums
Charles "Chucky" Kim: drum programming, synths
David "Dag" Lee: guitars
Ruth Cho: keys, synths, vocals

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Charles "Chucky" Kim
Written by Ruth Cho


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