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Family Tree


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Mama, I see your face now in the mirror 
It's getting clearer 
Daddy, all those things I said I wouldn't do 
I've been drawn to 'cause I looked up to you 
And I've loved you through this tangled legacy 
Tracing the twisted roots of our family tree

I stayed strong like you did 
I moved on like you did 
And I wound up tough as stone like you did 
If I don't learn to bend I know I'm going to break 
Like you did

Lover, I must forgive you 
I confused you with what I couldn't see inside of me 
Dark things pulling, not evolving 
It made a puppet out of me 
And you came with your own history 
Both caught in the branches of our family tree

I stayed strong like you did 
I moved on like you did 
And I wound up all alone like you did 
If I don't learn to bend, I know I'm gonna break just like you did

I love you but I need to look at who we've been 
Take the fruit but choose the seeds I scatter in the wind 
That's the job of the kid: to do better than our parents did

So I'll stay strong like you did 
And I'll move on like you did 
But I won't hide from the truth like you did 
I'm learning to bend so I won't break 
And you can bet I'll teach my child that love will always find a way just like you did

Family Tree
Written byJewel, Lisa Carver
AlbumsPicking Up the Pieces, 2015
Length3:36

Flower of Life
“In addition to the autobiographical lyrics, this is really about the obligation we have as children to examine where we come from and where we want to be. It's directly conveyed in the bridge line that says, ‘Take the fruit but choose the seeds I scatter in the wind / That’s the job of the kid to do better than our parents did.’ No matter whose childhood it is – even the best of childhoods – there are traits we might want to weed out and traits that we really want to continue. And to try and do that thoughtfully I think leads to a more fulfilled life.” Picking Up the Pieces Press Release

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