Snow's patois-laced single is based on a separate 1989 incident when he was charged with two counts of attempted murder stemming from his involvement in a knife fight. Only hardcore reggae listeners could understand what he was singing about without a lyric translation sheet.
"I had my father and brother in my cell," he recalled to Genius
. "When I was in custody, I wrote that little piece [sings]: 'Informer, detective man say Daddy Snow stabbed somebody down the lane.' I didn't even want to be a singer - it wasn't like I was handing out demos. I just did it because I got snitched on. Where I grew up, in my family, that was a terrible thing to do."
Snow's charges were reduced to aggravated assault, and he was eventually acquitted and freed. The finalized song, which he completed with M.C. Shan's help, details the artist's time in jail, right down to the cavity search.