Father

Album: Phenomenon (1997)
Charted: 10 18
  • I swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth,
    So help me GOD
    I just felt like telling the story of my life
    Felt like, maybe somebody could be inspired, you know?
    We all feel pain, we all go through things
    But it's time to overcome all that

    If your plane crashed in the water and everybody died
    Would you drown on purpose or try to survive?
    I was born handicapped my arm wouldn't move
    They called me a cripple pops caught an attitude
    Beat my moms smoked lye drove trucks
    My moms had a miscarriage, he didn't give a fuck
    He sniffed some coke, come home
    Beat up on my moms cause she's talkin' on the phone
    Come on

    [Chorus]
    (All I ever wanted)
    All I ever wanted
    (All I ever needed)
    All I ever needed
    (Was a father)
    Was a father
    (That's all)
    That's all!
    (All I ever wanted)
    All I ever wanted
    (All I ever needed)
    All I ever needed, was a father
    (Was a father)

    Moms got tired of the beatings said, "Yo, we got to go"
    Packed up her bags we bounced out the do'
    She said, "I ain't taking these whippin's no mo'
    I want to live to see my little Todd grow"
    I remember tear drops on my pops face
    Looking down at me standing on the staircase
    Handsome brother with a smooth goatee
    Makes me wonder why he act so ugly, you feeling me?
    (I'm feeling you)

    [Chorus]

    My pops got drunk when me and my moms bounced
    Swigged some Jack Dan', sniffed up a ounce
    Grabbed the shotty left Long Isle for Queens
    Possessed by a demon, a devil it seemed
    I was too young to understand the risk
    When your moms come home off the midnight shift
    She turned around heard the shotgun click
    My pops said, "You think that you could leave me?"
    He blasted my moms in the back
    She fell down screaming I can't forget that
    My grandfather tried to close the do'
    He got shot ten times in the stomach yo, for real

    [Chorus]

    My head was spinning, I had never seen blood
    Four years old, this don't feel like love
    Anyway, pops disappeared
    Grandpops and moms healed up over the years
    This therapist got up in her head
    Led her to believe without him she'd be dead
    You know, they fell in love with one another
    Everything seemed right that's word to mother
    Until I started getting beatings everyday
    Sometimes for going outside to play
    Late at night on my knees I'd pray
    A young child, wishing the pain would go away
    Dad where was you when he made me strip
    Beat with belts like a slave with a whip
    Kicked me down steps outside in the snow
    Punched me in the chest stomped me out on the flo'
    That's just the tip of the iceberg look
    It's too long for a song but perfect for a book
    Word is bond, that's real baby

    [Chorus] Writer/s: JAMES TODD SMITH, GEORGE MICHAEL, SAMUEL BARNES, JEAN OLIVIER
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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