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How Could You Leave Us Lyrics

How could you leave us so unexpected?
We were waiting, we were waiting
For you but you just left us
We needed you, I needed you

[Verse 1]
Yo, I don't know what it's like to be addicted to pills
But I do know what it's like to be...


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    Mar 10th, 2018 3:14pm report

    His song is so much more than about his mothers overdose. His song tells you how he feels guilty for not calling her, not stopping her from her addiction that caused her to leave her children behind. He also goes into how she wasn't ever there for him, cause she was always to busy doing drubs but about how much he misses her anyways because you cant not love you mother and how now he will have kids and she wont be there to take care of them cause he couldnt stay away from drugs. It shows his self hatred because he blames himself, i would know, something similar happened to me.


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    May 29th, 2019 5:37pm report

    This is about nf losing his mom to drugs in highschool i know its high school becuase in the behind the lyrics of let you down it specifically states that his moms new boyfriend was abusive and then his mom died of drug overdose after being addicted to pills he regrets not stopping her but he still doesnt forgive her and he most likely doesnt forgive himself


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    Jan 16th, 2018 1:20pm report

    This song is based off of NF's mom who died of a pill overdose. He is thinking it's her fault for leaving him, and that he is sad that she didn't fight to stay.


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    Sep 25th, 10:21 report

    the whole entire song is about his mother's death, he's upset because she never spent much time with her kids, all she did was pills, pills, and pills. They never expected her death though.. CPS had to watch over him and his siblings everytime their mother was around..


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    Jun 10th, 6:24pm report

    this song is not only about the fact that his mom died from an overdose of pills, but he also feels guilty for not stopping or calling her more. I think with something like this It brings back memories and bad times but I think that I feel kinda happy I'm not alone in this and I have no fear of being alone anymore

    ps-the only thing I don't get is the person in the corner taking notes part someone explain that, please


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    May 19th, 5:38pm report

    How Could You Leave Us is a song of pain, resentfulness, and reflection about his mother and her drug addiction.

    "Yo, I don't know what it's like to be addicted to pills"
    His mother is taking pills, and is stuck, addicted.

    "I'm in a room with a parent that I don't barely know"
    He's losing touch with her and feels so far away, even next to her.

    "I guess pills are more important, all you have to say is no"
    He doesn't understand how she can't stop.

    "Why do I feel like I lost something that I never had?"
    Apparently, during his life she didn't have as much touch with him as her wished. One of NF's other songs, Nate, says that...

    "Remember back when Mom picked us up from Grandma's house? And she hid her boyfriend in the trunk and drove a couple miles? Down the street, and then she pulled over to let him out. 'Cause she ain't want Dad to know she had these type of dudes around"

    ...his mother wasn't the most faithful person in the world.

    "I know you're gone but I can still feel you"
    He's grasping the memories he has, trying not to think about the fact that she isn't who and where she used to be.

    "They found you on the floor, I could tell you felt hollow
    Gave everything you had plus your life to them pill bottles
    You gave everything you had plus your life to them pill bottles
    Don't know if you hear me or not, but if you're still watching, why..?"
    Eventually his mother let go -died-, leaving him here, alone.


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    Mar 17th, 2020 3:20pm report

    I know what this song is about because the same thing happened to me. Anyway it is about this kid losing his mom to an overdose and how he hates the way he remembers her. Also, about how he is saying where you at ma I'm to young to understand this he doesn't know what was happening but he was older and knew that he could've stopped her from dying and he blames himself for her death.


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    Feb 29th, 2020 2:31am report

    It's him reflecting on his mother's death in the only place he can talk to her, in his music studio. He can't forgive his mum for what she did.


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    Mar 8th, 2019 3:12am report

    He lost his mother to drug over dose and she chose the drugs over him and he regrets it because he could've stopped her and now he lost her forever and he can't get her back now he's alone without his mother


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    Mar 6th, 2019 3:37pm report

    this song is NF dealing with his mom leaving/being a drug addict (she killed her self with some short of pills)
    when he was young....its very sad be thankful for you family..they could be gone in a blink of an eye. life is short


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    Feb 20th, 2019 2:11pm report

    what is the theme of this song?


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    Oct 25th, 2018 10:38am report

    He watched as his mum was taking pills and one day she died but he didn't know it was the pills until not long after she died. When he found out he realised he could've stoped her death if he knew what those pills where doing to her.


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    Jun 3rd, 2018 6:24pm report

    I dunno. Is it not obvious. I mean just watch the music video. I am the least helpful person ever LOL.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Mar 28th, 2018 3:58am report

    On “How Could You Leave Us,” NF questions his mother’s sudden departure in death, uncovering the heartbreaking moments he was able to share with her. Unfortunately, his mother’s addiction to pills caused her to overdose, and take her own life. Through this song, it is the closest NF is able to reach his mother, and therefore receive “therapy.”


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    Jan 12th, 2018 1:02pm report

    His mom overdosed?


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    Jun 27th, 2017 6:27pm report

    This song is talking about how he lost his mom due to drug overdose

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