"Family Tree" as written by and Matthew Joseph/houser West....
You didn't ask for this
Nobody ever would
Caught in the middle of this dysfunction
It's your sad reality
It's your messed up family tree
And all your left with all these questions

Are you gonna be like your father was and his father was?
Do you have to carry what they've handed down?

No, this is not your legacy
This is not your destiny
Yesterday does not define you
No, this is not your legacy
This is not your meant to be
I can break the chains that bind you

I have a dream for you
It's better than where you've been
It's bigger than your imagination
You're gonna find real love
And you're gonna hold your kids
You'll change the course of generations

No, this is not your legacy
This is not your destiny
Yesterday does not define you
No, this is not your legacy
This is not your meant to be
I can break the chains that bind you

'Cause you're my child
You're my chosen
You are loved
You are loved

And I will restore
All that was broken
You are loved
You are loved

And just like the seasons change
Winter into spring
You're bringing new life to your family tree now
Yes you are
You are

Oh, this will be your legacy
This will be your destiny
Yesterday did not define you
Oh, this will be your legacy
This will be your meant to be
I can break the chains that bind you

And just like the seasons change
Winter into spring
You're bringing new life to your family tree now


Lyrics submitted by pxhymn

"Family Tree" as written by Jason C. Houser Jason Houser

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    My InterpretationI think that this song is about putting the past behind you, and not letting the bad things that have happened be part of who you are now.

    'Yesterday did not define you.'
    carltonblueon April 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is really beautiful! It's about breaking cycles. A lot of times in families, children follow their parents' bad examples. This song is about hope that that doesn't have to happen to you if you had a bad upbringing. You are not your parents. You have the chance to bring something good to your family tree, even if everything before you was negative.
    FanGirlingon January 01, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is truly and amazing song. Thanks to The Vampire Diaries for showing me this song aha.
    ShaniahStarkon June 19, 2014   Link

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