"Family Tree" as written by and Kyp Malone David Sitek....
Under my love
Wake up to your window
The day calls in billows
It's echoing moonlight on to the blue nightmare of your heart
In cosy red rainbow
It's shaking off halos
And the memory of our sacred so and so's

Oh take my hand sweet
Complete your release and bury your feet
And married we'll be
Alone in receiving ours is a feeling not that they would see
They don't know that we could be
That way your cradle escaped the sea
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Were laying in the shadow of your family tree
Your haunted heart and me
Brought down by an old idea whose time has come
And in the shadow of the gallows of your family tree
There's a hundred hearts soar free
Pumping blood to the roots of evil to keep it young

I'll be your mind
Is it safe to say that we've waited patiently
Call me on time
And well go over to nanas place disgracefully
Fall into line
There's the garden grave and a place they've saved for you
I'll fall by your side
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Were laying in the shadow of your family tree
Your haunted heart and me
Brought down by an old idea whose time has come
And in the shadow of the gallows of your family tree
There's a hundred hearts soar free
Pumping blood to the roots of evil to keep it young

And now we'll gather in the shadow of your family tree
In haunted harmony
Brought down by an old idea whose time has come
And in the shadow of the valley of your family tree
There's a hundred hearts soar free
Pumping blood to the roots of evil to keep us young


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"Family Tree" as written by David Andrew Sitek Babatunde Omoroga Adebimpe

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    Song MeaningIt's about an interracial relationship during the period between the end of Reconstruction and WWI, often referred to as "the nadir of American race relations", probably in the South. It's an inversion of the standard lynching trope, which usually would involve a black man and a white woman. Here, it's a white man (the narrator) who falls genuinely in love with a young black woman, and marries her despite the warnings of the black woman's family (the "silver-haired mama"). The relationship is not approved of by the community, and ultimately the woman is hanged on a tree, possibly on a tree where several blacks have been previously hanged ("in the shadow of the gallows of your family tree, a hundred hearts soar free"). When he refers to the tree pumping blood to "keep us young", he is referring to his family and the white community by extension, whose position is empowered and strengthened by the practice of lynching and racial oppression in general.
    JoeEon September 15, 2011   Link

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