Li Meiling left her home country of China, but that doesn’t mean she can leave home. Her family has a long reach.
 
Co-written by Li Meiling and Chloë Isis
Story source: Li Meiling
 
I was raised by my grandma
My parents are always busy
When I wake in the morning
They’re already at work
They sent me to boarding school
Since kindergarten
My dad used to hit me
And he drinks a lot
 
I want to play guitar
Do art, and dance
And to have the right to love
Who I want to love

Seventh grade,
One of my friends
Came to America
Told my mom
I want to go there
I want to go there, too
I want to stay far away
From my family
They try to control me
Even though I’m here
 
I want to play guitar
Do art, and dance
And to have the right to love
Who I want to love
They think that’s a waste of time
But I would sing for you
I would ask you to sing
With me
 
I met this guy this year
I fell in love with him
My parents are really mad
They threaten to take me home
 
I want to play guitar
(The right to love)
Do art, and dance
(I want to have)
And to have the right to love
(The right to love)
Who I want to love…

 

Chloë Isis teaching artist, vocals

Clio Berta vocals

Alex Wilder producer, arranger, guitars

Caleb Edwards descant

Hazel Delehey backing vocals
 

Molly Hamilton backing vocals, descant

Meredith Luce backing vocals
 
Produced by Alex Wilder