I always thought Dolly summed up the family best.
When it's family, you forgive them for they know not what they do When it's family, you accept them, 'cause you have no choice but to When it's family, they're a mirror of the worst and best in you And they always put you to the test And you always try to do your best And just pray for God to do the rest, when it's family
Some are preachers, some are gay Some are addicts, drunks and strays But not a one is turned away, when it's family Some are lucky, others ain't Some are fighters, others faint Winners, losers, sinners, saints, it's all family
And when it's family you trust them and your heart's an open door When it's family, you tolerate what you'd kill others for When it's family, you love and hate and take, then give some more Somehow you justify mistakes, try to find some better way To solve the problems day to day, in the family
You take the trouble as it comes and love them more than anyone Good or bad or indifferent, it's still family You choose your lovers, you pick your friends Not the family that you're in, nah They'll be with you 'til the end, 'cause it's family
And when it's family, you forgive them for they know not what they do When it's family, they're a mirror of the worst and best in you When it's family, when it's family Let me be all that I should be to the family