Dawen Wang

Dawen Wang

BandR&BSinger/Songwriter

A socio-conscious singer-songwriter in the vein of neo-soul.

Biography

Raised in Boston and Hong Kong, Dawen now resides in Chicago where he has played open mics at Kafein and Liquid Cafe, as well as shows at Bill's Blues Bar and The Note. Drawing inspiration from the neo-soul movement, Dawen fuses R&B/soul with the social awareness of American issues.

Lyrics

Wake Up

Written By: Dawen Wang

(Hook) 4X
flip through the paper,
turn on the tele,
go to a movie,

(Verse 1)
Just because you saw the movie Crouching Tiger,
Doesn’t mean that I know kung-fu.
And just because Mr. Yan has an accent,
Doesn’t mean that I've got one too.
People tell me I “speak good English,”
Or that I’m “too thin to be Bruce Lee.”
Where do they get their preconceptions
Of what I’m supposed to be?

(Hook) 4X
flip through the paper,
turn on the tele,
go to a movie,

(it’s in the tv/movie/paper…)

(Chorus)
Wake up, wake up! THIS JUST IN!
I’m being judged by the color of my skin.
Wake up, wake up! That’s not news,
I’m not surprised, I just can’t get used to it.

(Verse 2)
Yes, I know that my face might be yellow,
But that doesn’t mean I’ll give you SARS.
And I know that my eyes might be slanted,
And that they seem closed from far away-
People say “Go back to where you came from!”
I dunno what that’s supposed to mean.
Someone told me “all men are equal,”
But I guess that’s just a dream.

(Chorus) 2X

[instrumental]

Wake up, wake up, this just in!
I'm being judged
(flip through the paper)

Wake up, wake up, that's not news!
I'm not surprised
(turn on the tele)

Wake up, wake up, this just in!
I'm being judged,
go to a movie...

I can’t get used to it
I won’t get used to it
I can’t get used to it
I won’t get used to it

(Outro)
I just can’t get used to being generalized,
Can’t get used to being stereotyped,
Can’t get used to being generalized,
Can’t get used to being stereotyped.
I just can’t get used to it!