And when them expectations raise in me
Because daddy was a poet, right?
Being the son of a fairly famous poet, as well as a fellow writer, Earl faces some unfairly high expectations regarding the depth of his lyrics.
The Right? placed at the end of the line is to signify that Earl is irritated with people meriting his lyrical ability with his poetic heritage
There is potential significance to the use of past tense here: daddy ‘was,’ not ‘is,’ a poet. The use of ‘daddy’ is in itself childish, mirroring the sentiment of ridicule.
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