"Family Tree" as written by and Jared Followill Matthew Followill....
I tell you now that I don't understand
Why everybody gives a big hi-damn
Oh where I'm going to
Don't mean a thing to you

I see you sitting in your masquerade
I'd love to pour you some of my lemonade
And get it off alright
We're caught in an early night

I know you hate me so, but I ain't gonna go
I'm staying here all right

I am your family tree
I know your A to Z
This is a secret proposition lay your hands on me
Not gonna talk about darlin', its so neighborly

I see your hands are shaking but
My heart is breaking me down

Its a pretty day and I'm gonna get alright
I lost my head and you ain't nowhere in sight
I see you got it all wrong
I got no calls on my phone

I just keep holding out, until I find a doubt
That you ain't coming home

I am your family tree
I know your A to Z
This is a secret proposition lay your hands on me
Not gonna talk about darlin', its so neighborly

I see your hands are shaking but
My heart is breaking me down

I am your family tree
I know your A to Z
This is a secret proposition lay your hands on me

I am your family tree
I know your A to Z
I got a secret proposition lay your hands on me

I am your family tree
I know your A to Z
This is a secret proposition lay your hands on me
Not gonna talk about darlin', its so neighborly

I see your hands are shaking but
My heart is breaking me down

I see your hands are shaking but
My heart is breaking me down


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"Family Tree" as written by Jared Followill Matthew Followill

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    My InterpretationThis to me sounds like a song about sexual abuse by a family member (an uncle or something) of a child.
    "I am your family tree" - Obviously, he's saying he's related to the victim
    "I know your A to Z" - He knows everything about his victim
    "This is a secret proposition" - The threat not to tell anyone about it
    "Lay your hands on me" - Forcing them to follow his demands

    Other stuff shows the trauma his victim is subjected to and that he believes he doesn't have a choice "I see your hands are shaking but / my heart is breaking me down"

    "I'd love to pour you some of my lemonade / And get it off alright" - should be fairly self-explanatory
    Pouakaion September 28, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationFor me, the song is about somebody who is as close to him as a family member
    abcdefghijklmnon September 28, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI was sure he was singing "it's all make believe" rather than "it's so neighbourly." The movement of his mouth seems to support this if you see them perform it live.
    FuzzyRushon October 21, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the things we inherit from our family. Traits and weakness, like addiction, alcoholism or even adultry?? "I know your family tree" The substance knows that he is an addict. "Lay your hands on me." Entising him to take a drink/ in part of the substance. "I see you sitting in your masquerade
    I'd love to pour you some of my lemonade." The substance knows that he is trying to not be an addict but yet still insisting that he take part. Leomonade is a comon drink. "Its a pretty day and I'm gonna get alright I lost my head and you ain't nowhere in sight" He is saying that he needs some of his device but he is trying to stay clean.
    kb8887on December 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAt first impression, the song does sort of seem to be about incest, maybe between cousins. But, although the band may be aware that it'll give that impression, I think that it's actually a straight-up love song: he wants to marry her. By saying "you are my family tree", I think it's a very forward statement of confidence in their being so perfect for each other that, to him, it's like they're already family.

    One of the possible interpretations of the lyric "my heart is breakin' me down" is that his heart is breaking down any resistance he has to that kind of commitment.
    kevinroyon January 06, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song to my best insight is about a verbal fight between a man and his wife over something in the tabloids or news and shes gets pissed then leaves and he wont cave in until he knows for sure she wont come back home. READ NEXT TO THE LYRICS FOR SPECIFICS: it makes perfect sense.

    I tell you now that I don't understand
    Why everybody gives a big hi-damn
    Oh where I'm going to
    Don't mean a thing to you
    (This refers to something a tabloid or something someone said concerning his personal life, and that whoever hes talking to should just ignore it.)

    I see you sitting in your masquerade
    I'd love to pour you some of my lemonade
    And get it off alright
    We're caught in an early night
    (He wants to have a good night with no arguments just have some fun)

    I know you hate me so, but I ain't gonna go
    I'm staying here all right
    (the other person cannot deal with him at the moment but hes not gonna leave the house.)

    I am your family tree
    I know your A to Z
    (I'm married to you and I know everything about you)
    This is a secret proposition (what those tabloids said is BS.)
    lay your hands on me (come on hit me cause your so mad)
    Not gonna talk about darlin', (we arent gonna stop fighting because we have a child)
    its so neighborly (its the way everyone else fights.)

    I see your hands are shaking (you're so mad your hands are shaking and he can see that)
    but My heart is breaking me down (but he wont stop being mad)

    Its a pretty day and I'm gonna get alright (hes gonna forget about it)
    I lost my head and you ain't nowhere in sight (he got too angry last night and shes gone.)
    I see you got it all wrong (he feels she overreacted)
    I got no calls on my phone (shes not calling him to talk it out)

    I just keep holding out, until I find a doubt
    That you ain't coming home (hes not gonna give in until she calls first unless shes doesnt even come home)
    KOLFANTXon May 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "make believe" instead of neighbourly, and "we'll call it" an early night
    kolgirlon June 12, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningFrontman Caleb Followill explained the song's meaning to The Sun: "While you'd expect the track 'Family Tree' to be about family, it's a song I wrote about a lot of stereotypes about the South," he said. "It's got humor in there, I hope. Even with my personal stuff I try to have fun – the hook of the chorus to that song is a joke."
    jcarey030on July 13, 2014   Link

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