Family Tree

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Tom Chapin & John Forster (ASCAP)

Before the days of Jell-O
Lived a prehistoric fellow
Who loved a maid and courted her
beneath the Banyan tree,
now they had lots of children, and
their children all had children, and
they kept on having children
until one of them had me.

We’re a family and we’re a tree
Our roots go deep down in history
From my great, great Granddaddy
reaching up to me
We’re a green and growing Family Tree

My Grandpa came from Russia,
my Grandma came from Prussia
They met in Nova Scotia, had my Dad
in Tennessee. Then they moved to
Yokohama where Daddy met my Momma
Her Dad’s from Alabama and her Mom’s
part Cherokee.

One fine day I may go to Tierra Del
Fuego. Perhaps I’ll meet my wife there
and we’ll move to Timbuktu. And our
kid will be bilingual and though she may
stay single, she could of course go mingle
with the King of Katmandu.

The folks in Madagascar
aren’t the same as in Alaska.
They’ve got different foods, different
moods and different colored skin.
You may have a different name
but underneath we’re much the same
You’re probably my cousin
and the whole world is our kin.