On "Mister Holland," Porter borrows the names of his friend and fellow musician Jools Holland and his daughter Rosie Mae to imagine being warmly welcomed rather than turned away by prejudice. He thanks the white father of his girlfriend for not making any trouble over his black skin.
By the way, Mister Holland
I liked the way you treated me like a regular Joe
I wanted a soda
And you said Rosie could go
Porter told The Sun: "I can see Jools opening the door to me, saying, 'Hey, hey mate!' as opposed to the experience I had when I was a young man of 16. I was just trying to do a typical teenage thing, take this girl out for a Coke, right? I came to the door and her daddy was like, 'Get away from my door' and then he called me the N-word. It was so shocking."