"Family Affair" as written by and Sylvester Stewart....
It's a family affair, it's a family affair
It's a family affair, it's a family affair
One child grows up to be
Somebody that just loves to learn

And another child grows up to be
Somebody you'd just love to burn
Mom loves the both of them
You see it's in the blood

Both kids are good to Mom
"Blood's thicker than mud"
It's a family affair, it's a family affair
Newlywed a year ago

But you're still checking each other out
Nobody wants to blow
Nobody wants to be left out
You can't leave, 'cause your heart is there

But you can't stay, 'cause you been somewhere else!
You can't cry, 'cause you'll look broke down
But you're cryin' anyway 'cause you're all broke down!
It's a family affair

It's a family affair

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"Family Affair [Single Version] [Version]" as written by Sylvester Stewart

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  • +1
    General CommentYou can't cry cause you look so down
    but you're cryin' anyway cause you're all broke down.
    what a line, man, people just don't write like this
    Musixexon January 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove that newlyweds lyric, though I have no experience with that kind of thing.
    miesterseanon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to illustrate how difficult it is being in a pop band with family members. The Kinks, Oasis, The Bee Gees Beach Boys and Dire Straits take note.......
    BarnabyHugheson November 03, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThe last stanza of this song has personal meaning to me... heck, I bet it's one of the most identifiable lines in any song, ever. I bet everyone has felt this way at least once, if not a lot more, in their life. I hope my decision was the right one - no, I know it is! That's what I say!
    funkboyon June 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI remember seeing a black woman in Louisiana, on tv after hurricane Katrina had struck. Wearily, she explained to the reporter "You feel like cryin', like givin' up, but you can't cry, cause then the kids'll break down".
    She didn't seem to be alluding consciously to this song, but the connection seemed all too clear.
    tinderboxon October 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMost members of the Family Stone had at least one relationship with another member of the band. Some had more than one. Each of which would have been a Family Affair, so to speak. I would imagine that would take its toll after a while.
    SuperstarMouseon September 18, 2015   Link

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