Ascolta: TV On The Radio – Family Tree
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
Da un’intervista al cantante dei Tv on the Radio:
AVC: “Family Tree” seems particularly poignant. What inspired that song?
TA: I’ve been in situations, and known people in situations, where someone’s pure affection was unfortunately affected by outside sources. The terrain of a person’s heart really isn’t under the jurisdiction of anybody but that person, and in that song, it’s an older generation condemning a relationship between two people for reasons that they probably had to deal with when they were younger. Like, “Well, when I was your age, I fell in love with so-and-so, and that was nothing but hell for me…” The “old idea” in the lyrics is bigotry, which could relate to race, to gender, to sexuality… People have their reasons for doing that, but it makes for such a waste of what could be a really short life.
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