Take What You Can Carry (Scientist Dub One)

by Mia Doi Todd

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This song is about the Japanese American internment camp experience and its relevance in today's world of racial profiling, xenophobia, immigration crisis and environmental change. Mia Doi Todd's mother and grandmother, who were both US citizens born in LA, were among the 120,000 Japanese Americans interned in the US during World War II. Mia's grandparents are pictured in the historical photo used as the cover image, waiting to have their fingerprints taken at Tule Lake Internment Camp. On February 20, 2020, California lawmakers passed a resolution to formally apologize to Japanese-Americans for the Legislature's role in their incarceration. It is important to shed light on the Japanese American experience so that it will not happen again.

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Take what you can carry, take what you can carry
Take what you can carry, take what you can carry

By order of the president president, February ’42
To all permanent residents residents and citizens too

If you’ve got a trace of the Japanese race,
We don’t like your face, you got to get out of this place

And take what you can carry, take what you can carry
Take what you can carry, take what you can carry

Look at Sister Mary with a baby in each arm
Another in her belly. How will she keep them from harm?

You’ve got to be strong on the road to Zion
You’ve got to be strong on the road to Zion

Take what you can carry, take what you can carry
Take what you can carry, take what you can carry

By order of the President, so called president of the United States
To hell with the environment environment. We’ll no longer regulate.

The fires burn on in Zion.
The fires burn on in Zion

Child, take my hand.
This is the promise land.
You see those barricades.
Well we won’t let them stand.
Because the future’s mine
and the future’s yours
belongs to everybody
all equally of course
You’ve got to know your mind
You’ve got to know your heart
Cuz you’ve got everything
You’ve had it from the start

Take what you can carry, take what you can carry
Take what you can carry, take what you can carry
Take what you can carry, take what you can carry
Take what you can carry, take what you can carry
Take what you can carry, take what you can carry
Take what you can carry, take what you can carry

credits

released February 20, 2020
Mia Doi Todd - vocal & piano
Money Mark Nishita - bandleader, arrangement
Maia, Dwight Trible & Jimetta Rose - choir
Michael Hyde - keyboard
Jesse Peterson - guitar
Merlo Podlewski - bass
Sean Okaguchi - trumpet
Jon Hatamiya - trombone
Sam Gendel - alto saxophone
Tracy Wannomae - tenor saxophone
Andres Renteria, Allakoi Peete & Alberto Lopez - percussion

Recorded at Barefoot Studio, Los Angeles
Engineered by Tim O’Sullivan
Mixed by Scientist at Studio City Sound
Mastered by Miles Senzaki at Grandma’s Dojo

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