IMMIGRANT feat. Gord Richards

by Chansa

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A story of immigration, told from the perspective of an immigrant.

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Left the life I knew before/ went in search of something more/ don’t know what kinda struggles lie ahead for me…’cause I’m an immigrant…

VERSE 1

I put one foot in front of the other yes I’m a traveler/ had to cross an ocean to get here, see I’m from Africa/ I’m from South America, Asia, man I’m from everywhere/ Lord knows the struggles I’ve had to endure to get me here/ and where is “here”, “here”s a place that I’m just still adjusting to/ feelin’ culture shock, seein’ things that I’m not accustomed to/ to make it worse, I left my family behind/ so my sanity’s in decline, can I just have some peace of mind/ mind on the legal tender/ call my Momma, tell her “Go to Western Union, I got some money I need to send ya”/ but please remember, it’s so hard for me when people look at us and judge us like we’re repeat offenders/ I could do with some home cookin’ and decent weather/ my source of smiles is when I read your letters/ uh! What we seek is better/ through all your struggles and troubles you’ve gotta keep your head up, keep your head up..(what!)


CHORUS

Left the life I knew before/ went in search of something more/ don’t know what kinda struggles lie ahead for me…’cause I’m an immigrant…

All alone in my new home, meet my family on the phone/ don’t know what kinda struggles lie ahead of me, ‘cause I’m an immigrant…

Cause I’m an immigrant x 5


VERSE 2

I put one hand right next to the other at night and pray/ no idea how I’ll do it, but hopin’ I find a way/ for every single one of me, there’s thousands that never made it/ being here is sweet but bitter, so how could I celebrate it/ feels like I’m invisible, you don’t see me, I’m right in front of you/ cleaning your shopping malls, I come in a truck when you wanna move/ I’m your janitor, super, lookin’ after your building/ I’m also the babysitter that’s lookin’ after your children/ and I spend more time with them than I do with mine/ nowadays it feels just like a beautiful prison where I’m just doin’ time/ to those I left behind, I may be overseas, yeah/ but don’t get it twisted, money doesn’t grow on trees here/ but we sacrifice and send it, it’s hard to comprehend it/ those of us they call illegal are really undocumented/ historically, there’s always been movements of people/ this is who I am, an immigrant, does that make me so evil...?


CHORUS

Left the life I knew before/ went in search of something more/ don’t know what kinda struggles lie ahead for me…’cause I’m an immigrant…

All alone in my new home, meet my family on the phone/ don’t know what kinda struggles lie ahead of me, ‘cause I’m an immigrant…


Left the life I knew before (Left the life I knew befooooore )/ went in search of something more/ don’t know what kinda struggles lie ahead for me…’cause I’m an immigrant…

All alone in my new home, (all alone in my new home ), meet my family on the phone (meet my family on the phooone )/ don’t know what kinda struggles lie ahead of me, ‘cause I’m an immigrant…

Cause I’m an immigrant x 4

credits

released 25 June 2013
Recorded at Oak Recording Studio, Toronto, Canada
Produced by Gord Richards, Co-produced by Chansa
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Gord Richards

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Chansa Toronto, Ontario

Originally from Zambia, Africa, Chansa's life has led him to various parts of the world. It is this exposure to other cultures, that has led him to acquire a unique perspective and thus, a unique sound. Hip-hop meets electronica, sprinkled with dub-step, mixed with afropop, in addition to jungle, tinged with funky house, rock and roll and soul, his influences are many. So are his stories... ... more

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