"I Know Where I'm From" was one of the first songs to be adapted into English. Here is a video of the song being performed by Leila Florentino and Alyssa Landry...
The Dragon and the Fairy
Once upon a time, long ago and far away Lived a Dragon King, so the legends say, A sea dragon king named Lac Long Quan Who was wise and noble, brave and strong
They say he did battle with a monstrous whale, That he saved his people from a fox with nine tails That he slew an evil demon in the heart of a tree And that he always returned to his palace in the sea.
One day a fairy king invaded from the north Once more to battle did the dragon lord ride forth He saw Au Co, the daughter of the fairy king It only took one look for love to spread its wings
A story for all time, a legend from of old A tale of opposites who love with joy untold For night is to the day, as the sea is to land So the dragon beckoned and the fairy gave her hand
Au Co said, “Lac Long, please let us live out our days Far from my father and from all his war-like ways” And so the northern princess and the southern lord Departed from their people – peace was their reward
They dwelt in marble halls high on the mountain side And there before too long, Au Co grew big with child She bore one hundred eggs within a sac of gold One hundred sons were born to grow up strong and bold
A legend from of old that i have learned by heart It says that sometimes you must make a brand new start To live a life of peace, there is a price to pay Exile and sacrifice may seem the only way
But as the years went by, the dragon missed the sea His underwater home was where he longed to be From his belovèd Au Co, Lac Long did depart He flew back to the ocean with a heavy heart
Au Co called from on high, Lac Long, oh please come home! I beg for your return – don’t leave us here alone!” He answered her with grief and sadness in his voice “My place is here below, i have no other choice”
This ancient story tells how often we are torn We long to see again the place where we were born And though we may move on, our past won’t be denied We know our origins cannot be set aside
Then sorrow bent their shoulders with its heavy weight As Lac Long told Au Co what was to be their fate “Keep fifty of our sons forever by your side And fifty more will sail with me upon the tide
For you shall rule the hills, the forests and the land And i, the lakes and ponds, the waves upon the sand And thus the north and south will ever be entwined United by our love until the end of time”
An ancient legend that recounts our country’s birth One family split in two and scattered o’er the earth This story is the heart and the soul of Vietnam My daughter, don’t forget the place where i am from My daughter, don’t forget the place where you are from
Yoko Ono Yvonne is fed up with the long string of fruitless auditions with casting directors who think she's too Asian, or not Asian enough, or the wrong sort of Asian. But there is actually one thing worse then casting directors and that's... men! especially when they all think you look like Yoko Ono...
The Dragon and the Fairy This song arrives at a pivotal moment in the show. Yvonne finds herself back in her childhood bedroom, at a low point in her personal and professional life. She comes across a story that her mother used to read to her when she was small. It will be the catalyst to send Yvonne on a trip to Vietnam in search of her identity...
I Know Where I'm From Yvonne returns home after her trip to Vietnam, finally at peace with herself...