AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

by The Bushwick Book Club

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released June 1, 2017

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The Bushwick Book Club Brooklyn, New York

We started in January 2009 playing songs written in response to Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. We haven't stopped since. We've written & performed songs inspired by everything from "On The Origin of Species" to Dr. Seuss to Raymond Carver. There are BBCs popping up nationwide now. Bushwick Book Club Seattle started in 2010 & is run by Geoff Larson. Our nerdy dare-devilry knows no bounds. ... more

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Track Name: Krystal Hawes - The Gap
Where is the gap, between us
Is it the way I wear my hair
Or say a phase
Exciting in so many ways
Where is the gap between us
Where is the gap
Where is the gap

Where is the trap
That saps my energy
It's pulling you from me
They call it R-A-C-E or ethnicity
I dunno, I dunno, I dunno

Where is the gap, between us
Is it the way I wear my hair
Or say a phase
Exciting In so many ways
Where is the gap between us
Where is the gap
Where is the gap

Now I'm calling out
And I'm turning in
I cannot deny the skin I'm in
And I'm crying out
It's inevitable
If you cannot see the walls in front of you

So I seek the gap between us
Is it the way I wear my hair
Or say a phase
Exciting In so many ways
Where is the gap between us
Where is the gap
Where is the gap
Track Name: Jessie Kilguss - Oh How Mysterious We Are
She bristles at the small talk
With the woman who braids her hair
While far off in some basement somewhere
Dike is gasping for air

Race never existed
Before she moved to America
Now it dogs her every move
The elephant in the room

She’d like not to think about it
But she doesn’t have that luxury
The weight in Dike’s words
When he says the President is black like me

Oh how mysterious we are
Propelled by a dream to wander far
And pulled back ever ceaselessly to what we know is ours
Oh how mysterious we are

Every step she takes in this foreign place (Bm, A, D,Bm)
She holds up against the past
Thinks of Obinze’s face
Obinze’s face

She waited with impatience
With a charged delight
Until they could watch the
Rain together
When he could stay the whole night

(possibly adding another verse here but possibly not::
sometimes things fall apart
just to come back together
and the people we grow up with
are the ones we love forever)

Oh how mysterious we are
Propelled by a dream to wander far
And pulled back ever ceaselessly to what we know is ours
Oh how mysterious we are
Track Name: Susan Hwang - Eating in AMERICANAH
Being allowed to make omelettes
only on the weekends
Just so they can pretend
his onugbu soup isn’t better than hers.
She made reconciliatory pancakes that didn’t work.

Those kids think the seedless oranges are right.
They don’t know the ones split by lovers in the middle of the night

A white man at key food might criticize your tostitos.
The waiter is annoyed that you want real potatoes.
The days of over-spiced coconut rice
when she imagined ginger on lips and yellow curry licked,
but he would not do things improbably.
He had a firm reed of goodness where his spine should be.

Since when did you become a
they have things we can eat kind of person.
An act of rebellion was eating non organic chocolate.

Since when did you become
they have things we can eat kind of person.
He eats whole wheat croissants
and grains with names she’ll always get wrong
like bulgar and quinoa because they have protein.
He knows which vegetables have the most carotene,

A plate of chin-chin will made him homesick.
She imagined ginger on lips and yellow curry licked.
That guy didn’t have a spine but a firm reed of goodness
There was that time he ate a semen sandwich.

Since when did you prefer
to pay 13 pounds for a burger
arranged so perfectly
where a decent martini should be.

Not having her near
affects the taste of his favorite beer.

Love is being eager for tomorrow .
Track Name: Annie McCain Engman - AMERICANAH: 'Where Do You'
AMERICANAH: 'Where Do You'
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Ebee ka i si bia
Ebee ka amuru gi
Onye maara obi gi
Onye i na-atu uche

WHERE DO YOU COME FROM
WHERE WERE YOU BORN
WHO KNOWS YOUR HEART'S DRUM
FROM WHERE WERE YOU BORN

Conditioned to fill silences
Naked false in the choir's hold
Pretension is a violence
Cement settles in her soul

What she held to tightly
Were other lives she could be livin'
To dream of someone nightly
Turned her tough shell into givin'

WHERE DO YOU COME FROM
WHERE WERE YOU BORN
WHO KNOWS YOUR HEART'S DRUM
FROM WHERE WERE YOU BORN

He felt a hollow space,
'Tween he 'n the man he was s'posed to be
Cower to the rich do the nearly rich
Impress 'til you no longer see

He sensed always an unvoiced yearning
A search for what they'd never find
A woman content to dance that dance
And another who'd left that all behind

WHERE DO YOU COME FROM
WHERE WERE YOU BORN
WHO KNOWS YOUR HEART'S DRUM
FROM WHERE WERE YOU BORN

A love is a home more than a plåce
More than time
Though if all three are shared
You need nothing more to find