Tom Russell, Laurie Lewis Manzanar cover

Manzanar
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August 21, 2007
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Manzanar Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
He said my name is Nakashima
And I'm a proud American
I came here in '27
From my homeland of Japan
Verse 2
And we picked your grapes and oranges
Made some money, bought a store
Until 1942
Pearl Harbor and the war
Verse 3
Came those relocation orders
They took our house, the store, the car
Then they drove us to the desert
To a place called Manzanar
Verse 4
The Spanish word for "apple orchard"
Though we saw no apple trees
Just the rows of prison barracks
And barbed wired boundaries
Verse 5
And we dream of apple blossoms
waving free beneath the stars
Till we wake up in the desert
the prisoners of Manzanar
Manzanar...
Verse 6
Fifty years, they've all but vanished
And now I am an old man
But I don't regret the day
That I came here from Japan
Verse 7
But on moonlit winter nights
I often wish upon a star
That I'd forget the shame and sorrow
That I felt at Manzanar
Verse 8
And we dream of apple blossoms
waving free beneath the stars
Till we wake up in the desert
the prisoners of Manzanar
Manzanar...

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