Bliss

INTRO

All members dragged the Chinese... / the Chinese were rounded up... / ...saw the bodies of the dead laid out in double rows... / 18 people dead

VERSE 1

1871, Los Angeles / a mob walked in, attacked, robbed, assaulted all residents / on all blocks, not one shop not visited / the biggest mass lynching / in American history / and the victims, they were not black, they were not white, they were like me, with my skin, and they were all tied / by their necks 'til they either snapped or suffocated / all they had worked for ransacked and taken / and meanwhile, all they ever knew growing up was miles and miles and miles and miles away from them / and what about Rock Springs, the Exclusion Act, and the internment camps / and Watsonville and Murphy Ranch? / and all the hurt the white man made us endure? but nah, nah, nah,

HOOK

We ain't gonna tell them / nah, nah, we don't wanna take their bliss away / we ain’t gonna do that / nah, nah, we don’t wanna take their bliss away / they don’t really know about it, but nah, we don’t wanna take their bliss away / we ain’t gonna do that / nah, nah we ain’t gonna do that

We don't wanna take their B-L-I-S-S / We don't wanna take their B-L-I-S-S / We don't wanna take their B-L-I-S-S / we ain't gonna do that / nah, nah we ain't gonna do that

INTERLUDE

Over 100,000 people—men, women, children—all of Japanese ancestry removed from their homes in the state of California... / they had us load onto train cars with other Japanese American families, and stationed on both ends of each train car were guards / it's like we were criminals

VERSE 2

2016, Atlanta / when you talk about race, it’s black or white / ain’t nobody care what we think, we don’t have a place in the masses’ mind / still seen as foreigner, where you from? No, where you really from? In Asia, tell me where it is? / when the fact is there is a generation born as Americans / but they would never know that, ‘cause we ain’t really ever had a voice, right? / only choice I / was ever given was to be represented by a guy doing Muay Thai / but see, right here is home to me, and I don’t really know no other place / no other way to live / no other language I think in but English / but no I won’t say it to them, no way, nah, nah

HOOK

ENDING

But we gotta tell them / yeah, yeah, even if it takes their bliss away / yeah, we gotta do that / yeah, yeah, even if it takes their bliss away / they don’t really know about it so, even if it takes their bliss away / yeah, we gotta do that / yeah, yeah, we really gotta do that