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MARVELS (ft. Sarah Jake)

by jason chu

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A song about heroes and hope.

Because a hero isn't about being "super" -
we become heroes because of what makes us human.


In first grade, I read my first one
Peter Parker vs. Doc Octopus in New York
I remember opening the pages
Leafing through the ads, staring in amazement
When I was eight, mom made me a cape
It was a blanket with a safety pin I’d wear around my neck
She left for work, and I'd take out the marker box
Color my forearms green and pretend I was the Hulk
The comic store hid a portal into other worlds
Where awkward nerds became brave and even talked to girls
Just a boy, barely even into puberty, these books gave me a vision of the super man I could be
How would I grow into my destiny? No iron suit or super science recipe
I prayed for a spider bite or mutation - stood near the microwave to get irradiated
Then one day, my little friend got bullied at the park - I wanted to fight for justice, this could be my turn!
I squared up, looked the villains in their faces, told em off - but they just laughed at this awkward

How do I do that?
How do I fly when I’m so far down?
How would I do that?
Make those sounds - boom, bam, pow
How do I do that?
How do I fly when I’m so far down?
How would I do that?
Make a sound loud as a crowd

Truth and justice were supposed to be a life line, a spiderweb to break the fall out of my right mind
But my villains don't look like Lex Luthor
My uncle's heart attack - my science teacher's tumor (Ms. Gupta!)
Bruce Wayne fought Joker to bring his city hope
But I grew up in a city that laughed at racist jokes
Clark Kent never lost Lois Lane, but when I told Sara I loved her she broke my heart in the tenth grade
And my brother T, the one we used to tease because he looked like Captain America -
he lost his battle with the bottle, couldn’t buck it so we saw the alcohol take his life at a super speed
In a crisis, my defenders left me all alone
No power ring, ringing the bat phone
No SHIELD Agents, my whole world invaded
And heroes were nothing but pictures on paper.


I started reading comics because they looked tight
Stopped believing in them, because of real life
Picked them up again because I chose to believe the world is more than what I see around me
Maybe my cape doesn’t fly
And bad men win - even good men die
But one small spark can light the whole night
So one small life can fight the good fight

Heroes aren’t just childhood dreams
Grown men and women still need to believe
I can't read your mind or fire a laser beam
But if we can conquer our fears, how much more could we could achieve?
I'm not a Captain who carries a shield around him
If bullets hit me, I won’t heal around them
But I’ve learned: a hero isn’t about being super
We become heroes because of what makes us human



released March 13, 2015
Rap Vocals // jason chu
Sung Vocals // Sarah Jake
Beat production // Jung "Elyonbeats" Kim
Production, engineering // Chris "Claudeo" Changchien
Mastering // Kevin Bartley




jason chu Los Angeles, California

Speaking hope, healing, and justice in a broken world.


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