Southbound 280

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Mike Park

Mike Park is a Korean American musician and progressive activist. His musical ventures include Skankin' Pickle for whom he both played the saxophone and sang, The Chinkees, The Bruce Lee Band, and most recently an acoustic solo project under his own name. After his time with Skankin' Pickle he went on to found Asian Man Records, a label which he has run out of his garage in California since 1996 with only help from his parents and friends. Asian Man Records supports mostly ska and punk bands. Park will support any band as long as it is "anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-prejudice".[citation needed] Park has used Asian Man Records to release his own music, in addition to providing a start for smaller bands to allow them to grow, including Less Than Jake, Alka… more »


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2003
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Southbound 280 I travel towards Race St.
Traffic keeps me from the church
Where I plan to play games with others
Whose names I can't follow,
But faces stick to me
Stronger then rice does that mom made when I was in school.

Back to the church that is sitting on Race St.
I wait to play games with 9 others 
A game that we learned as young children
But products have taught us that winning is better then fun as young children 
And scuffling wins in the end

Play nice
The teacher in school gave us instructions 
But children in school grow up to be cowboys 
Who like to watch cattle be tortured for fun entertainment 
On this day a game turns to fighting a black man 
Landing on my upper lip formed from some tissue 
I still feel a lump from where fist turns to a weapon 
On this day I wonder how fighting wins over a peace train 
A song with a vision much stronger than my will could ask for 
Lying here useless on this day where skies are much bluer than oceans 
And mountains are closer than most things 
But I choose a blanket of warmth and a screen 
That could never fight back my thoughts are 
Including the church that is sitting on Race St. today

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Written by: MICHAEL PARK

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