Restraining order, can’t see my daughter
from Kanye West (Ft. Alicia Keys, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Elton John, Fergie, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, Ryan Leslie, The-Dream & The World Famous Tony Williams) – All of the Lights Lyrics on Rap Genius
Kanye continues the story from the first verse, where the protagonist was sent away to prison for abusing the mother of his child. He’s out now, but his troubles haven’t ended. He can’t legally visit his daughter
The “Kanye’s fame” allegory becomes more cloudy in this verse, but still applies. Here, his “daughter” is his music and creativity. His public image held him back creatively for a time, forcing him to deal with damage control instead of music
If you jump back to “Power”, Kanye spends a lot of time talking about his inner child (Reality is catching up with me / Taking my inner child, I’m fighting for custody). His daughter, while representing the fame and glory like in the first verse, also represents that inner child, or as he has said, inner genius, in him.
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