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Eminem: Mockingbird Meaning

Song Released: 2005

Mockingbird Lyrics

I know sometimes things may not always make sense to you right now
But hey, what daddy always tell you?
Straighten up little soldier
Stiffen up that upper lip
What you crying about?
You got me

Hailie I know you miss your mom and I...


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    May 8th, 2011 5:02am report

    I think mockingbird in this song is a reference to the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" where a mockingbird refers to someone who is innocent but is a victim of circumstance and prejudice.

    In this song, his daughter Hailie is the mockingbird who is innocent but is punished as a victim of circumstance(family problems). It also shows his yearning to make his daughter happy to make up for all the bad circumstances that he thinks he has created for her.


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    Mar 14th, 2010 3:56am report

    This song is for his daughter, Hailie.
    It mostly talks about all the struggles in his life and what he and his family have gone through. It tells Hailie that he's always going to be there, through the good and the bad times.


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    Jan 4th, 2006 1:30pm report

    This is a song about his wife and daughter. It's really a song for his daughter telling her everything will be alright one day their family will get back together and your mom and dad will always love you.


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    Feb 15th, 2015 2:26am report

    It's about his relationship with his daughter Hailie.


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    Apr 23rd, 2014 4:44pm report

    I think eminem made this song to apologize to his daughter Halle and his niece Laniee for letting them see his wife Kim do drugs and her addictions. I think he is apologizing for letting them see everything he didn't want them to see. I think that he wants them to know that he will always be there to give them the world and if that's not good enough he will do better for them he would do anything for them.


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    Dec 22nd, 2013 12:17am report

    He is apologizing to his daughters that eminem and his wife divorsed, because the kids must have had a really tough time dealing with that.


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    Jan 19th, 2013 1:47am report

    It's a cover version of the song with the same name by Carly Simon. (It's an old song).
    In the sing the singer sayes that they will give whatever they want to the person thier singing to. She says she'll buy them a mockingbird. Eminem takes this one step further and says that he'll buy his daughter a mocking bird (so basically what ever she wants) however if the mocking bird don't sing (so if what eminem gets his daughter Hailie isn't good enough) 'He'll brake that birdies neck (He'll get rid of it and give her something better.
    It's also about how Eminem could give his family what they want before he was famous but now that he has money he will give his daughter the world.


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    Jan 8th, 2013 1:26am report

    This song always makes me cry. No matter how bad his relationship is with Kim this guy is saying he's always gonna be there for his kids.

    I may also just be emotional cause my own mom died and I think of her when I listen to it. We were really close and she always said she'd be there for me no matter what.


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    Nov 1st, 2012 11:06pm report

    It's his appology to his daughter Hallie and his niece he has custody of. It's his way of saying sorry that he's always gone and never home... and not being with Hallie's mom any more. He's trying to comfort them saying he's always there for them... even when mommy's not there. He will try everything to give them the best life as possible, and he's reassuring them their life used to be way worse, they used to live in the ghetto where they got shot up and robbed until his career fell into place for rapping... & his job has made him leave a lot and not be there to watch them grow up. & he's so sorry for that and he wants to do everything in his power to make it up to them.


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    Dec 8th, 2011 12:30am report

    I love this song. It kinda reminds me of me and my dad. I think this song is basically saying that Em is saying to Hailie that even if everyone else is leaving her, he won't. I think he is saying that he will always be there for her no matter what she is going through.


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    Aug 23rd, 2011 8:11am report

    He is trying to stand firm in his career regardless of haters.


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    Jun 15th, 2011 6:14pm report

    He's talking about his family. It's a song for his daughter, Hailie, saying that one day, the family will get back together. They will have all the fun, happy times that they had before all the drama happened. Also, he's saying that he'll be there for Hailie, through the good and bad times. Plus, he's saying that both parents- mom AND dad, will love her forever.


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    Apr 28th, 2011 4:30am report

    He's telling this girls that he loves them and no matter what he's there for them even though things may not be going well family wise.(with his wife) the family is broken apart, he just wants to assure his girls:) that everythings gon' be all right(: <3 eminem.


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    Apr 21st, 2011 4:59pm report

    This song is about Marshall saying that no matter what happens in life, he will always love his Hallie and Alaina. And him saying that he wants the family back together; but either way his ex-wife, Kim, and him both love the girls very much and always will.


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    Feb 16th, 2011 2:02pm report

    Its about his daughter Hailie, his niece Laney which he has custody of and his ex wife Kim. its saying that no matter what one day their family will be together again, and that Eminem and Kim will always love Hailie and Laney no matter what happens in life.


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    Jan 25th, 2011 1:17am report

    I feel that he is trying to tell his family that he is sorry that he can't be there most of the time, but that he'll always love them no matter what happens.


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    Aug 1st, 2010 8:54am report

    I think Eminem made this song so he could tell Hailie and Alaina about what was going on with their mom (Alaina's aunt) and him at the time.

    I also think this is him saying that no matter what is going to happen with either him or Kim he will be there for them and that he loves them both very much.


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    Jun 18th, 2010 6:14pm report

    It's sayin that no matter what he is there for his two daughters. It is when he first started his career and he wasn't there for them but he wants all that back.

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