"Family Tradition" as written by Brian Mcternan, James Buddy Nielsen, Daniel Gerard Trapp, Garrett Michael Zablocki, Heath Matthew Saraceno and Jason Black....
I tried to be the one that everybody loved
Where has that gotten me?
I tear myself to shreds to prove that I'm someone
That I could never be

Now these unsightly marks define me

So help me, please someone come quick
I think I am losing it
Forgive me, I inherited this
From a stranger I'll never miss
I'm sick.

My father taught me first hand how to be set free
Give up and runaway
I wish I could drain out his half of blood in me
But I'd still have his face

I curse reflections everyday

So help me, please someone come quick
I think I am losing it
Forgive me, I inherited this
From a stranger I'll never miss
I'm sick.

Here is my own family tradition
Following footsteps into addiction
So is there a way that I can find peace
While still numbing my pain
Is this my fate?
Cause your only son still cant seem to find his way

So help me, please someone come quick
I think I am losing it
Forgive me, I inherited this
From a stranger I'll never miss
I'm sick.

So father where the hell are you now?
I think that you would be proud
Your son who so unluckily
Fell right next to the tree

I hope you're proud of me,
I hope you're proud.


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"Family Tradition" as written by Daniel Gerard Trapp Brian Mcternan

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  • +2
    Song MeaningSounds a lot to me like Alcoholism is affecting him. Or it could be some other drug addiction that was passed down genetically. This songs makes it sound like his father ran off when he was too young to know him and then left him with nothing but some disease (alcoholism). This is why he says:
    "Forgive me I inherited this
    From a stranger I'll never miss(his dad left him with genes that are less than beneficial)
    I'm sick(alcoholism)."
    so basically i guess he is scared that he is turning out like his father and really doesn't want to. He hopes that his father is proud of how he ruined his son's life.
    Idk that is just my take on it.
    drowninglessons12on December 16, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is such an amazing song.
    tysheehanon November 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh man, I saw you post this on the family tradition blog, and i was hoping i could beat you here to make sure you didn't post the same thing again : (


    I tried to be the one that everybody loved
    Where has that gotten me

    I tear myself to shreds to prove that I'm someone
    That I could never be
    Now these unsightly marks define me

    So help me
    Please someone come quick
    I think I am losing it
    Forget me
    I inherited this
    From a stranger I'll never miss

    I'm sick

    My Father taught me
    Firsthand how to be set free
    Give up and run away

    I wish I could drain out his half of blood in me
    But I still have his face
    I curse reflections every day

    So help me
    Please someone come quick
    I think I am losing it
    Forget me
    I inherited this
    From a stranger I'll never miss

    Here is my own family tradition
    Following footsteps into addiction
    So is there a way, that I can find peace while still marrying my pain
    Is this my fate,
    cuz your only son still can't seem to find his way

    So help me
    Please someone come quick
    I think I am losing it
    Forgive me
    I inherited this
    From a stranger I'll never miss

    So father where the hell are you now?
    I think that you would be proud
    Your son who's so unlike a leaf fell right next to the tree

    I hope you’re proud of me
    I hope you’re proud
    vandalrockeron August 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree Buddy's voice does sound slightly different, but then again, it also did in Still Searching. But what I love about it, is that his voice changes as their music matures and becomes more than just music. I like how even though the lyrics are a lot deeper, their sound has stayed the same. Not saying that if it hadn't, I wouldn't listen to them. I just feel that they are one hell of a gem in the music business.
    Brandanwithanaon August 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalmost right. here are the lyrics from the book.

    i try to be the one that everybody loves
    where has that gotten me
    i tear myself to shreds to prove that I'm someone
    that I coud never be
    now these unsightly marks define me

    so help me please someone come quick
    I think i am losing it
    forgive me I inherited this
    from a stranger I'll never miss
    I'm sick

    my father taught me firsthand how to be set free
    give up and run away
    if I coud I'd drain out his half of blood in me
    but I'd still have his face
    I curse reflections every day

    this is my own family tradition
    following footsteps into addiction so
    is there a way
    that I can find peace while still numbing my pain
    is this my fate
    cause your only son still can't seem to find his way

    so father where the hell are you now
    I think that you would be proud
    of your son who so unluckily fell right next to the tree
    I hope you're proud of me

    last few lnes I liked because Lungs Like Gallows was all about his relationship with bad luck
    x_no_poison_xon October 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. It's my 2nd favorite on this album next to Four Years.

    At a recent concert Buddy said pretty much the exact same thing illegalpunkrkr said. He said how it's about finding out who you are, and stopping trying to being what you think someone in your family wants you to be, and being who you want to be.

    I love this song so much. It has a really personal reflection on me, because I can relate to it a lot, especially to what Buddy said, also this line


    "My Father taught me
    Firsthand how to be set free
    Give up and run away

    I wish I could drain
    Out his half of blood in me
    But I still have his face

    I curse reflections every day"

    My birth father was a skin-head bastard, and left my mom after she found out she was pregnant. He wanted her to abort me. But the thing is, he had another girlfriend, when he got her pregnant. He's a racist asshole, and has he's hidden his identity from being found, like we can't locate him or anything. I used to want to at least know him.
    I guess according to my mom and grandma, I look physically a lot like him. But I hate having his blood.

    But yeah, this song just rocks.

    and guys, try to go to any Senses Fail concert near you, theses guys are so kickass. I've been following them since 03. They're so amazing in concert. Buddy is all crowd surfing, and he sings such a variety, I mean as a treat they played one eight seven to close the show.

    I love these guys.
    haunion December 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow.this song is amazing!!! i get audiorgasms from this.cant wait for the album!!!!!!!!!!buddys voice sounds a bit different though.anyone else think so?
    laxwarrior638on August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo is Buddy blaming his heroin addiction on his father?
    illegalpunkrkron August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment“I find myself at times doing things to live up to other peoples’ expectations, or cutting myself down because I assume that will make me look more humble to the world,” says Nielsen. “So this song is one part a reaction to that, and also about following the footsteps of a family member you don't really know, but who has had a huge influence on you.”
    ----From their myspace
    illegalpunkrkron August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, it seems that his dad left him now he fears he is turning into him.

    but yeah i agree with laxwarrior, something weird happened to his voice :S
    Maddie,fabregason August 25, 2008   Link

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