One winter weekend in 1941,
I went on my boat to fish for fun.
Just to go away for a couple of days,
But something terrible happened
And I was done.
The Japanese had bombed the harbor,
I didn't know what that was.
I realized then what I had to do,
I had to burn all of my stuff.
I burned my flag like a cigarette,
I burned all my documents too.
I realized that I
Was a Japanese spy,
Going to be caught
By the FBI;
It was only a matter of time.
Two weeks later,
I got arrested
For delivering oil to Japan.
I couldn't believe I'm Japanese;
I was in a struggle for loyalty,
But I still had my dignity
Because I'm Japanese.
My time at Fort Lincoln destroyed me
And made me feel less of a man.
No power and no rights.
Just because I'm Japanese,
I had to pay the price.
When I arrived at the internment camp,
That's where I met my family.
I had a horrible time at the prison
And needed to regain my sanity.
Treated like animals,
And interned here like slaves,
I have limited freedom
And want to get away.
But I can't,
Just because I'm Japanese.