And tragedies happened in two states
Em is referring to the school shootings at Columbine High School (in Colorado) and Westside Middle School (in Arkansas). People analyzed Em’s lyrics to see if he inspired violence in kids.
This corresponds to a greater overall scepticism some have of Em’s intent. Whereas the morality brigade, with their tinfoil hats on point, rushed to villify Em for his lyrics, these lyrics should give them pause to wonder if he really means any of it. After all, what kind of monster (who would express concern for the well-being of his young fans on Who Knew?) would encourage shooting sprees?
Cause I never knew I, knew I would get this big
I never knew I, knew I’d affect this kid
I never knew I’d, get him to slit his wrist
I never knew I’d, get him to hit this bitch
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