Chinatown

from the lost tapes by kokoku

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about

We rode the Staten Island Ferry that day and just got inspired by the view and the idea of the immigrants who built this city. -Gio

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Chinatown
by Giovanna Sgarlata

Sailing on the sea
There’s the Statue of Liberty
What a day, what a day, what a day, what a day…

Seascapes make for dreams
Manhattan’s not what it seems
From afar, from afar, from afar, from afar…

Chinatown
Is a secret paradise
Sitting in my eyes
Ancient gods
Cradled in the arms
Of ancient
Future lives…

Sitting in a cafe
The setting, quite blase’
In a room
Sweet perfume
Why am I
Always early?

Looking for a job
Who’s happy with what they’ve got?
Makes no sense, to pay the rent
Money’s spent, and it makes no sense!

Moving electric sea
Something occurs to me
There’s a place
Where this stays
Just a secret memory

credits

from the lost tapes, released December 21, 2020
Chinatown -- c 1984 Gio Sgarlata
Gio-lead vox, guitar 1; Em-backing vox, guitar 2; Ash-backing vox, congas

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kokokutheband New York, New York

At the height of NYC's mid-80s "fast-folk" club scene alongside artists like Suzanne Vega, acoustic trio kokoku arrived with sparkling harmonies and tight rhythms .

Along with Tracy Chapman and Indigo Girls, kokoku emerged just as "women's music" became more mainstream. Some called kokoku the female Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Discover the origins of queer acoustic in these lost tapes from 1984.
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