Seeing opportunity to seek their fortune
In the far away land of Gum San
The "Golden Mountain" in America
Beckoning them to a brand new land.
Racial discrimination, repressive legislation
Drove the Chinese to their own sanctuary
Dai Fao they called the "Big City"
San Francisco, the end of their journey.
Twelve blocks crowded with houses
Businesses, gambling halls, an opium den
Narrow alleys snaking through
A blur of humanity from end to end.
Hidden from the gaze of mankind
Behind a tawdry red and white curtain
A room where you and I choose not to go
The mystery remains, of that I'm certain.
By daylight a deserted appearance
Slipping into decline and decay
By gaslight or moonlight, men visit
Seeing this place in a different way.
What the country had wanted for the past fifty years
Was completed in forty-five seconds
Like warring with a mad Genghis Kahn
A giant earthquake, the town was gone.
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes
Today this Chinatown is viewed
As the densest part of the densest city
Its original dream securely renewed.
Enter the gloriously glided gates
Wander aimlessly through
Pocket-size side streets so dark and moody
Expect to be stunned and enchanted too!
© Joanne Kenzy, 2019. All rights reserved.