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The Last To Say

This song is by Atmosphere and appears on the album The Family Sign (2011).

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As far back as he cares to remember
He used to see his old man lose the temper
And Mama's pretty face would catch it all
On a regular basis the nest would fall

But he was always safe from dad's rage
'Cause mama sacrifice in his place
Two dozen years of the blood sweet and tears
Avoid the mirror, losin' her hair from the fear

She never left him, stayed inside
He beat her ass up until the day that he died
In fact the biggest beating was the day that he died
'Cause now it's too late for her to make a new life

She gets to mourn for the touch of a punch
Won't ever admit that she ain't clutching at much
Some day she'll die and still won't be done
The anger lives on through their son

'Cause he saw, he caught it all
A childhood of watchin' ma and pa get raw
It's too bad for him, naw- that's half the truth
'Cause you back with him now and he's smackin' you

What happened to you? You don't have a clue
Did your mamma use to suffer accidents too?
I never knew that you would stand for abuse
I guess I just assumed you would pack up and move

Think about when you left him last time
Said out loud you'd never forgive his past crime
Sunglasses so dark
Scarf around the neck to cover the choke marks

And since you got it just a fire returnin'
You convinced yourself that he's just a hurt person
You wanna blame that cross he bares
But his pop's not there when he tosses you down stairs

Let me be the last to say, please don't stay
Let me be the last to say, you won't be okay

Please put your shoes on and step into that warm leather
Go get yourself a more better forever
Gotta put it down, you gotta leave it
And don't ever come back again, you gotta mean it

Just tear it all apart and build new
'Cause if you don't kill him he's gonna kill you
You can't hold hands when they make fists
And I ain't the first to say this

But let me be the last to say, please don't stay
Let me be the last to say, you won't be okay
Let me be the last to say, please don't stay


Written by:

Erick Anderson / Nate Collis / Sean Daley / Anthony Davis Wikipedia16

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