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



Lyrics submitted by kattrina, edited by BIRDDUDE830

"Family Tree" as written by Jared Followill Matthew Followill

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    My Interpretation:This 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 Interpretation:For 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 Comment:I 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 Comment:This 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 Comment:At 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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