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The Blog of Gene Luen Yang - ABC the Song
ABC the Song 
Recently, Matthew, a middle-schooler from Portland, Oregon, got in touch with me over e-mail. He shared with me this amazing song that he wrote and performed, inspired by American Born Chinese.

Check it out here.

Thanks so much for sharing your talent, Matthew!


Lyrics

Iím the new kid in school
I just want to be cool
But the cool kids are cruel
Play me for a fool

Jin Wangís my name
Jin Jangís not the same
My surnameís not a game
I feel so much shame

Iím human like you
True my eyes arenít blue
But I have just two
You know that I do

Black or blonde hair
Dark skin or fair
Why should you care
What clothes I wear

REFRAIN
Sell your soul
If thatís your goal
To fit in
To fit in
Take my soul
My only goal
To fit in
To fit in

A childhood toy
Brought me such joy
I want to transform
To my true form

Asian self I fled
Turned dumplings to bread
Afro style on my head
Not fitting in I dread

Amelia I admire
Sets my heart on fire
I start to perspire
More soap I require

You must set her free
I disagree
Anger burns in me
So I kiss Suzy

REFRAIN
Sell your soul
If thatís your goal
To fit in
To fit in
Take my soul
My only goal
To fit in
To fit in

I wonít shed a tear
Would be insincere
Being you I fear
You need to disappear

I crossed the line
Took what wasnít mine
My dream was a sign
As Danny Iíll be fine

Living life as a lie
I have to try
Jin-Wang good-bye
Now I must die

The Monkey Kingís real
Said Dannyís ideal
My true form can reveal
Now I must heal

REFRAIN
Sell your soul
If thatís your goal
To fit in
To fit in
Take my soul
My only goal
To fit in
To fit in

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