Despite the title, Brooks knew better than to call his old man out. The youngest of six kids, Brooks witnessed physical altercations between his brothers and his dad, a Marine Corps veteran and Golden Gloves boxer. Apparently, it was the way he commanded respect as the leader of his household, which instilled both fear and reverence in young Garth. "But I want to make sure you understand that I'm not defending my father or taking a position, I'm just telling you how it was," the singer explained in his 2017 book, The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years. "There was democracy in our house. My dad was really open. In fact, I was amazed how open he was to people's opinions that he didn't share. The problem wasn't a difference of opinion, it was disrespect. That's when the red flag kind of came up. Then he just couldn't go backward anymore."