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How Could You Leave Us Lyrics


[Hook]
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...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Mar 10th 2018 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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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    MasterInterpreter
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    May 19th 2020 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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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 10th 2020 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

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 10th report

    Top Rated 1 the taking note parts I think refers to A Government Organisation taking notes on the kid seeing how they are going mentally etc. They do it on people that have suffered very traumatic experiences. Like NF saying he experienced neglect etc

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 20th 2022 report

    This song is too much. It's about NF losing his mom to drugs,its abt pain, remorse,wanting but failing to forgive and the past. TBH when I first heard this song I didn't get it but listening to it for the second time I finally got it. I'm a person who is not really familiar with drugs but I'm a person who clings to the past, thinks I forgive but definitely don't and don't forget. Basically this song is everything pain and remorse!



  6. anonymous
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    Jul 20th 2021 report

    This song is super emotional song. its about his mum having a drug addiction. When people first hear the song you might not understand it. When I heard the song for the first time, I cried because it hit so close to home. My mom and dad are both drug addicts, and unfrotnukey my daied died bc of drugs and my mum overdosed when I was 9 this song hits way to close to home and everytime i listen to it the memories strat to flow back

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2021 report

    I know how NF feels a little bit. I lost my best friend to suicide and I also know people who have tried to overdose multiple times even at school. I am a freshman in High School. I have been at the point where I wanted to attempt but then I though about my friends and family. Life is a very scary place and the choices people make are really hard for all of us. I have learned to just forgive and let go even though it is a hard thing to do. NF is in a very hard situation right now and he feels super guilty for what his mother did. I feel guilty for my best friends death as well and I always will. You just need to find you real friends and have them help you get out of that state of mind before you end up hurting yourself. Nate if you ever read things like this: You are NOT alone. Keep holding on for your mother, friends, other family, and future children. This is gonna be a very hard thing to do but you will pull through. Try talking to people about it or keep expressing how you feel through music because that is what you do best. I can relate to half of your songs. I relte to Paralyzed, Let You Down, Lie, Mansion, Time, If You Want Love, Got You On My Mind, Lost In The Moment and Let Me Go. You are not alone. I know the struggle and hurt things like this causes. Keep expressing yoursef through music. You got this Nate. <3

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 4th 2021 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 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

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 9th 2021 report

    This song is super emotional song. It is about Nates moms drug addiction. When people first hear the song you might not understand it. When I heard the song for the first time, I cried because it hit so close to home. My mom and dad are both drug addicts, thankfully they have not passed, but I feel the pain each day. I feel very sorry for what pain NF is going through. For some people this song might not mean anything, but for people like me, it is a song that you can connect to.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 9th 2021 report

    This song is about the loss of his mother. They had to be watched by CPS when his mother was around and the person sitting in the corner taking notes was a CPS worker watching and supervising them. He is upset with himself for not calling more. He also doesn’t fully forgive his mom for choosing pills over her children. He says music is his way to talk to his mom hence “Therapy” he hates he remembers her in this way like when he smells cigarette smoke. He didn’t understand what was happening because he was so young.

  11. GachaWolf
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    Sep 25th 2020 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..

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 17th 2020 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.

  13. anonymous
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    Feb 29th 2020 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.

  14. anonymous
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    May 29th 2019 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

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2019 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

  16. anonymous
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    Mar 6th 2019 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

  17. anonymous
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    Feb 20th 2019 report

    what is the theme of this song?

  18. anonymous
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    Oct 25th 2018 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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