Yes I Am (American) - Malini D. Sur
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Uploaded on Jul 27, 2010
"Yes I Am (American)." Words and music by Malini D. Sur. Vocals and guitar by Malini D. Sur. Additional guitar by Jacques Aboaf. Sound engineered and produced by Dorian Wolff. Video footage by Sagar Parikh. All photos found through www.images.google.com and may be subjected to copyright.
Lyrics: They came by the way of the Bering Strait not knowing their way or what would be their fate. Some rode across the Atlantic waves aboard the Mayflower or a ship of slaves. Mine came by way of an aeroplane. You see, the common ground is that they stayed. What is our origin, I ask? Does it lie in the present or the past? I remember when I was a girl a missionary asked me: Do you know the English tongue? Do you know Jesus? And I said...
Yes I am an American, and my skin is brown. I am an American with a name you can pronounce. Yes I am an American, born in this here town. I am an American, I've nothing to renounce.
Now first there were dreams of Utopia. Then came the footsteps to make it stronger. Thank God for the blood that was shed for us. Some marched and some took seats on a bus. Much of the work was already done. You see, the towers fell and fables spun. And then a senator spoke of hope. I wept in joy for a broken rope. But in Arizona 2010 the law of the land changed: Who are you and do you belong? You're lookin' like you are strange. And they said...
Yes I am an American, the books don't make it true. I am an American, my heart's red, white, and blue. Yes I am an American, as God-fearing as you. I am an American, I sing for freedom too.
This land isn't our land anymore than one can own a man...
I believe in a better world where we face each other. We'll remember what it was like for our forefathers, and we'll say...
Yes I am an American, I'll shout it all around. I am an American, I'll stand and I'll annouce. Yes I am an American, I work in this here town. I am an American, I've nothing to renounce. Yes I am an American, the books don't make it true. I am an American, my heart's red, white, and blue. Yes I am an American, as God-fearing as you. I am an American, I sing for freedom too, I sing for freedom too, I sing for freedom too.
0:28 Sitting Bull. 0:35 Navajo family. 0:44 Norwegian immigrants. 0:52 Virginian slave family, 1862. 0:58 European, Mexican, South Asian, and East Asian immigrants to America. 2:02 LB Johnson signs Immigration Act of 1965. 2:08 Statue of Liberty. 2:23 Constitutional convention. 2:31 A Lincoln. 2:43 Civil rights march. 2:46 R Parks and ML King. 2:50 R Kennedy. 2:53 T Marshall with Doll experiment. 3:04 B Obama with woman, grandfather, boy. 3:17 J Brewer. 3:26 Arizona SB1070 protesters. 3:44 Japanese Americans. 3:58 Grant Park, November 4 2008. 4:00 Y Ma at Inauguration 2008. 4:04 American signs. 4:39 Masuda family sign in Oakland, CA after Pearl Harbor, photo by D Lange. 4:46 American children pledge allegiance, photo by D Lange. 4:53 Early Latino and South Asian immigrants. 4:55 F Thompson and family, photo by D Lange. 5:00 J Meredith approaches Univesity of Mississippi, 1962, photo by Trikosko. 5:03 Elesheba Khan rests on son's grave, photo by Platon. 5:07 Protesters. 5:17 Empire State Building, NY. 5:20 Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple, CA. Malibu Hindu Temple, CA. Central Synagogue, NY. St Patrick's Cathedral, NY. 5:30 Marian Anderson. Woody Guthrie. 5:33 Abel Meeropol. Billie Holiday. 5:37 Joni Mitchell. Bob Dylan. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Pete Seeger. Bruce Springsteen. 5:42 Katie Leap, Crawford School of Irish Dance, UT. Anica Law, Harvard Traditional Chinese Dance Troupe. Saritha Komatireddy, Harvard South Asian Association. Polish American Dancers. American Ballet Theatre. Parul Shah Dance Company. Harvard Fuerza Latina. Brothers and Sisters of Kuumba. Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe. American Ballet Theatre. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, photo by Snow.
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