And I'm not sure what understanding there could be. The dad here is an abusive criminal, beating on his wife, putting a gun in his son's hand, and abandoning his family.
Most Cutting Lyric:
f**k you very much, you showed me the worst kind of pain
But I'm stronger, and trust me, I will never hurt again
Will never ask mommy, "Why daddy don't love me?
Why is we so poor? Why is life so ugly?"
To get the maximum amount of contempt and hatred out of this song, I think you, like Jay Z, need to rise above your circumstances. No, no, you don't have to hang around with Chris Martin of Coldplay and start some self-important streaming-music venture. That would be horrible.
Who's having a worse time?
You just need to do better than you were doing with your dad around. Invite him over to bury the hatchet. Have him notice the non-beaten family you have, the absence of crushed beer cans and illegal narcotics strewn about the house, and the semblance of a life. Then give him an iPod as a gift. (He's old. He'll think people still use iPods instead of phones.) Then hit play on "Where Have You Been" and wait for him to cry. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
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