Ll Cool J
Phenomenon

Father

I swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God
If your plane crashed in the water and everybody died
Would you drown on purpose or try to survive?
I was born handicapped, my arm wouldn't move
They called me a cripple, Pops caught a attitude.
Beat my moms, smoke some "la," drove trucks
My moms had a miscarriage, he didn't give a ****
He sniffed some coke, come home
beat up on my moms 'cause she's talking on the phone
Come on.

All I ever wanted
all I ever needed
was a father
that's all
(repeat)

Moms got tired of the beatings, said, "Yo, we got to go."
Packed up the bags and we bounced out the do'
She ain't taking these whippings no more
I want to live to see my little Todd grow
I remember teardrops on my pops face,
Lookin' down at me standing on the staircase
Handsome brother with a smooth goatee,
Makes me wonder why he acts so ugly
You feelin' me?

All I ever wanted
all I ever needed
was s father
that's all

My head was spinning, I had never seen blood
Four years old, this don't feel like love
Anyway, pops disappeared
Grandpops and Moms healed up over the years
This therapist got up in her head
Led her to believe without him she'd be dead
You know, they fell in love with one another
Everything seemed right, that's work to Mother
Until I started getting beatings every day
Sometimes for going outside to play
Late at night, on my knees I pray
A young child, wishing the pain would go away
Dad where was you when he made me strip
Beat me with belts like a slave, with a whip
Kicked me down steps, outside in the snow
Punched me in the chest, stomped me out on the floor
That's just the tip of the iceberg
Look, it's too long for a song, but perfect for a book

Word is bond. It's real baby!
(as above)