Barefoot in the Family Tree EP

by Jonathan Mann

The Manniac club exclusive


Towards the end of my first year of writing a song a day, I picked these 5 songs to take into a studio, where we tried to bring them to the next level. I hope you enjoy the results!

The number following each song title is the number of the day throughout year one on which that song was written.

If you like these songs, please support and follow my song a day project!


released December 1, 2009

Jonathan Mann: vocals, guitar, other random instruments
Sam Douglass: electric and slide guitar (1, 3)
David Douglas: keys (1, 2, 3, 4), back up vocals (3, 2)
Nic Kaelin: trumpet (4, 1), glockenspiel (3), back up vocals (2, 3)
Eric Yeargan: bass (2, 3, 5)
Reed Mathis: bass (1)
Chris Cuomo: bass and guitar (3)
Jeremy Black: drums, percussion
Cochrane McMillan: percussion (1, 3)
Ivory King: bass clarinet, vocals (3)
Katie Bailey: back up vocals (3)
Erin E. Lyman: back up vocals (1, 3)

produced, mixed and engineered by Jeremy Black
also engineered and mixed by Cochrane McMillan
at Coyote Hearing

All words and music by Jonathan Mann




Jonathan Mann Brooklyn, New York

I'm a songwriter best known for writing a song a day. I've been at it for 10 years.

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Track Name: Dance and Dance Again Alone (#294)
There’s no bluebird laughing (oh no!)
There’s no robin crying (oh no!)
There’s only crow’s a-singin’ (oh yes!)
It’s this rain they’re bringing (Rain they’re bringing!)

Turn to the left: See the rain
Turn to the right: Feel the rain
Look out behind you! Look out behind you!
Look out behind you! It’s coming down

Crows are singing
This rain they’re bringing, I want you
To come in from the rain
Into my arms again
Just like you never left
Make everything the same
The color of your hair
Black and soft and wet
I must be insane
Those birds up in the trees
Are making fun of me
They fly away so free
I’m stuck here on the ground
Drowning in the rain
Hit my head against the wall
Push the rock back up the hill
Dance and dance again, alone
You always made me wait
You always kept me straight
You can’t keep me anymore

Rain, rain, come on in
Can I fix you a drink? Make yourself at home.
Rain, rain, everybody’s gone
Look at me: You’re the only friend I have
There’s no bluebird laughing (oh no!)
There’s no robin crying (oh no!)
There’s only crow’s a-singin’ (oh yes!)
It’s this rain they’re bringing (Rain they’re bringing!)
Track Name: We Are Pattern Machines (#123)
When will the world end?
Will it be 2012?
What about Y2K?
Would it have happened if we didn't fix our computers?
I want to know!

Patterns in text, in time, in rhyme
Do we see what's really there
Or what we see: Is it just the way we were made
We are pattern machines
We are pattern machines

I'm sick of seeing patterns everywhere
Patterns make assumptions, make me stop and stare
I don't want to be a slave to a brain that's too aware
Give me back my humanity

DNA, chemistry, the Dow Jones, and math
Physics, astrology, religion and the scientific method
Let's leave it all behind!

When I see the color green, is it the same as what you see?
Do you see the color green because it's green?
Or is it just the way you were made?
We are pattern machines
We are pattern machines
Track Name: Penguins Having A Party (#72)
When we all lay down our eggs
And have made our many journeys
Do we all lay down our heads
And rest on penguin gurney's? No!
We set up the PA system
Plug in our penguin iPods
For when our penguin work is done
We break the shackles of penguin-dom

We're penguins having a party

Hop on in, the water's great
Don't be shy and don't be late
We may be birds, but we can't fly
So down the slopes we slip and slide
I'm gonna dance with Sally and Jane!
I'm gonna dance till I go insane!
I'm gonna dance to the rhythm of the storm
We'll all dance to the global warming

We're penguins having a party
Track Name: Bury Me Beneath The Ocean (#207)
Maybe we weren’t ever supposed to leave.
But some enterprising fish believed:
Happiness could be found on land,
but oh, that’s when all my troubles began.

So bury me beneath the ocean.

Beneath the waves where predators roam
it’s natrual we would find our home.
I’m lost, I’m lost in the world of men.
I long, I long to be home again.

Bury me beneath the ocean
Track Name: Baby, It All Led To You (#197)
Sometime in the ocean of goop and fire and heat
Little one celled organisms learned a new way to eat
They started reproducing
They started doing their thing
And baby, it all led to you

Sometime in the jungle of dinosaurs and mammals
Was a little mouse like creature who lived only for the future
She stayed alive long enough to give birth, even that was tough
But baby, it all led to you

And sometime in the desert was a tribe of proto-humans
Life was very short for them, and nasty and brutish
But they had a sky above them, they had family and love
And so baby, it all led to you

Sometime in a cave in what is now south western France
They started building fires and when the moon was full they'd dance
And the moon would work it's charms
Into each others arms
And baby, that led to you

On the banks of the nile, beneath a cloudless sky above
A horny teenage couple fell into a wistful love
Their parents didn't approve, by they would not be moved
And baby, that led to you

And not one died
Not one died,
Not one died before it led to you

Hear the drumming drum, drum, drum
Of the history continuum
From the ocean full of scum
To the person you've become
Call it accident or fate
But the facts are simply plain
Baby, it all led to you
Baby, it all led to you

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