We were childish but had to grow up
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This actually goes back to the fear that Donald has of growing up (and subsequently, the future); he wants to be young forever and that’s a sentiment he frequently references in his songs.
This ties in with both the screenplay and the ending of “That Power” from Camp. In “That Power,” he mentions how to “never got off the bus,” signifying that he never grew up. He lived his life as The Boy because of this, reacting immaturely and childish to things throughout the whole screenplay until near the end where he finally falls in love and tries to get his life together. It wasn’t his choice, but everything he went through in the play pretty much forced him to grow up and face reality.
Possible reference to the Because The Internet screenplay. It starts off with The main character (The Boy), eating on a pop tart whilst commenting “fuck you niggers” on hotnewhiphop just to get funny replies.
His job in the script is trolling, entertainers, politicians, musicians, athletes etc
(which can be seen here https://twitter.com/thegoldmolar)
But by the end all his family has passed away, and he is left to provide for himself and his girl through drug dealing, hence having to “grow up”
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