Then I watch my daddy hit my mama, listen to my mama
Tryna calm us, y'all don’t understand the problem that we have
In most domestic abuse cases the victim, usually the wife, will make excuses for her significant other putting the blame on herself for not being good enough or for doing something to aggravate their spouse. Royce is getting at that point here, almost putting it into the sense that his mother understood that Royce’s father was addicted to a substance so she did whatever she had to to keep the children from looking at their father in a negative manner.
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