Credit: by John Forster & Tom Chapin, © 1988 Limousine Music Co. & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)
Before the days of Jello, lived a pre-historic fellow
who loved a maid and courted her beneath the banyan tree
And 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-grandparents, reaching up to me,
we're a green and growing family tree.
My grandpa came from Russia, and my grandma came from Prussia
They met in Nova Scotia, had my dad in Tennessee
Then they moved to Yokohama, where my daddy met my mama
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 mate there and we'll move to Timbuktu
And our kid will be bilingual, and though she may stay single,
she could of course co-mingle with the king of Katmandu!
The folks in Madagascar aren't the same as in "Alaskar":
they have 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!
We're a green and growing family!