Allegiance the musical - Do Not Fight The Storm Lyrics

Broadway production (2015)
Allegiance The Musical - Do Not Fight The Storm Lyrics

Music & Lyrics by Jay Kuo.

(spoken)
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy -
The United States of America was suddenly
And deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan
I ask that the Congress declare a state of war.

TZAUO (spoken):
This will not be good for us
During Great War, people in Salinas tried to kill a German shopkeeper
They burned his store to ground
We must keep our heads down
Pah!

KEI:
Nothing can be done
So for now we do nothing

TZAUO:
You can’t be serious

KEI:
Look, we’re at war now
We’ve been attacked
Don’t you see we have to take a stand

TZAUO:
We must wait and see

KEI:
I can’t be hearing this
We’ve got to act now, not wait for angry crowds to burn our farmhouse down
And so, everyone in town

TZAUO:
Do not fight the storm
Do not fight the storm
Better to bend and submit
The nail that is highest is hit

TZAUO & HANNAH:
Do not fight the storm
Do not fight the storm
There’s nothing that we can do

KEI:
That’s not true!

We’re here to enlist
Sorry, fellas, the Army has categorized all Japanese 4C - enemy aliens
But we were born in California
We’ve never even been to Japan!
A Jap is a Jap

KEI:
We’ve come to serve today, just like the others
We want to be the first to wave the red, white, and blue
Somehow we’ll find a way
This isn’t right!

KEI& TZAUO:
We are Americans!
There’s nothing to discuss
Then who will speak for us?
Do not fight the storm

MIKE MASAOKA (spoken):
This is Mike Masaoka, national secretary for the Japanese American Citizens League
We Americans of Japanese descent pledge to fight Japan until the enemies of freedom are destroyed
The JACL asks that everyone remain calm and trust in the fairness of the American way

KEI (spoken):
Kito Kimura?

HANNAH (spoken):
And Kei Kimura. Kito’s my grandfather. What can we do for you?

FBI (spoken):
FBI. We have some questions for him

MIKE MASAOKA (spoken):
In a time of war, it is necessary to forego some civil liberties to keep America safe
Kito Kimura, do you correspond with Japanese nationals currently living in Imperial Japan?

Does he understand?

HANNAH:
Do not fight the storm
Do not fight the storm

KEI (spoken):
By order of President Roosevelt,
All people of Japanese ancestry have until Friday to evacuate the West Coast

MIKE MASAOKA:
The government will transport you to a relocation center
Take only what you can carry

KEI & HANNAH:
How can we go?
And where will they take us?
We cannot say no, cannot fight the storm
Can’t fight the wind, and the wind won’t break us
How can we go?
Do not fight the storm!

MIKE MASAOKA (spoken):
We leave without bitterness, for it is patriotic to make this sacrifice

ALL:
Sacrifice!

I’ll take the house, the farm, the equipment, and the car for two thousand dollars

ALL:
Sacrifice!

KEI:
But it’s worth 20,000!

ALL:
Sacrifice!

MIKE MASAOKA:
That’s a lot more than your neighbors are gettin.’
Let this relocation be our contribution to the war effort

KEI & HANNAH:
Do not fight the storm
What can we do?
[?]
Do not fight the storm
Do not fight the storm
Nothing that we can do
The world is not as we knew
So keep your head down ‘til the storm
Passes through

TZAUO (spoken):
We’ve known each other for 20 years

KEI (spoken):
Two grand
Take it or leave it

MIKE MASAOKA (spoken):
We leave our homes with smiling faces,
Grateful to be wards of our government in this troubled time

ALL:
We ? each other and Trying ????
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Allegiance the musical Do Not Fight The Storm Lyrics


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