Grandma's Kitchen (ft. Olivia Thai)

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lyrics

VERSE 1
This is grandma’s kitchen
Pictures of the grandkids when we was infants
An herbal medicine for evry symptom
From indigestion to bad intestines
No need to test it, Grandma suggests it!
My family’s dressed fashionably
Forget Paris, our style comes from PhD’s
I mean: cell phone holsters, Polos, jeans,
combovers, maybe khaki pants with the pleats, ah!
Uncle used to tease, I was a fat kid
Now when we at the table he be like, “rap, kid!”
Uncle’s business is doin under average
But Chinese families know how to manage that:
After dinner, you know he and pops gonna talk
And a check change hands between some grown up folk
.That’s family law: when family calls
It’s family’s job to pick family up, uh.

CHORUS
We’re here
We’re here for you

No matter where you go or who you become
It’s all good
Yeah

VERSE 2
Grandma’s cookin Chinese soul food
From local Asian groceries, not from Whole Foods
Relatives you’ve never seen but they know you
Wearin socks and sandals, but no shoes!
Youngest uncle brought his white girlfriend
She uses chopsticks and even speaks Mandarin
Grandma’s impressed, and yes before they left, she took a photo so that she could show them off to her friends
Kid table, sittin with your rich cousins
Your got the Benzo, AMG 6 cousins
Your mom’s face? Her look really says somethin
Yale just accepted your really smart cousin (awwwww man!)
There’s beef, duck, and fishes
Various conditions, melamine dishes
When fam come together it’s always delicious
We learned that inside a grandma’s kitchen

VERSE 3
No, grandma, I still don’t got a girlfriend
I know you’re waitin on a baby, I don’t know, man
Evry time she asks the same question then
Drop a red envelope - I’m stuntin!
Ah, grandma really loves to show us off
But if you’re white you might think that she’s ignoring us
We don’t hug and kiss to demonstrate love
But braggin about us, she’ll talk your ear right off!
Grandma showed me love’s not just the words we say
I never spoke Chinese, still we communicate
Every time we ate, she gon refill my plate
My favorite dumplings and the buns with Sesame
Shelves stocked, with Asian DVD dramas
Vacay to Beijing, she bought fake Prada
MSG products, Jasmine tea, hard candy, callin me endlessly, that’s my grandmama!

credits

from Arrivals, released September 2, 2016
Produced by Joe Kye
Engineered by Sean Stack
Written and performed by jason chu and Olivia Thai

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