She had a bad dream in the back seat
The same one as yesterday, the same one as last week
Surrounded by her favorite favorites
Elmo, Barbie, her purple baby blanket
And that little matchbox, looks just like Dad's car
Its fast on the leather, pretends its nascar
It jumps over Elmo cause it can fly that far
With Daddy in the front seat frontin like a rap star
And girl, oh girl, Daddy's the greatest
He knows the words to everything on the radio play list
He fakes the accent, even makes all the faces
And when he raises his voice it makes her feel like hes famous
Yeah Papa got his lean on, a mean one
Weavin down Lake Street tryin to get his scene on
Stoppin the whip to say something out the window
Bobbin his head to the beat on the radio
Good Daddy wont smoke no weed until the bass cradles her back to sleep
But he can steak his mack while she takes a nap
To the sweet pretty sounds of the gangster rap
The high hats are angles' voices
They keep her distracted from the strangers' voices
Escape is a paradox because the childhood is locked in that music box

(chorus) x2
Daddys drive around, Mommys work night shift
Sweet dreams, sleep little precious
Lay down in that music box, Escape in the sound of that music box

Yeah, Daddy knows people, hes important
The guy with the suit and tie they see at the court
And it seems like he ain't tryin to talk to police
But at the car wash they treat him like the star that she sees
They like Poppa's big wheels
And the lollipop she gets makes her feel like a big deal
Not allowed to have it yet, gotta sit still
Like the toy that she knows is gonna come with the kids meal
She loves drive-thru food
Health conscious Dad, he buys her the juice
A little sip of soda builds the pride
Go ahead baby-girl don't spill those fries
Nu-uh, Papa cant roll a messy office
Compulsive in the way she lay them napkins all across the seat
Never puts her feet up on the upholstery
Just kicks em side to side to the beat on the radio
She sings along like Dad does
She knows all the words but she leaves out the bad ones
Except "bitch" she always sings the word "bitch"
Cause it makes her daddy laugh, its her magic trick
And when Daddy picks Mommy up they fight
They fight about money, they fight about life
So she concentrates oh so hard on the music
And loses herself inside of the bass and the movement

(chorus)x2

Turn that Buick off


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    General Comment"In Her Music Box" - the tale of a young girl who sits in the back seat of her wannabe pimp of a father's car, absorbing the explicit raps she hears coming out of the speakers. The song is not so much about neglect as it is examining the dichotomy between a young, inexperienced father and his impressionable child. As Slug says of the track, "The main point of it was to look at and speculate on how children at that age learn the art of escapism that as adults sets up for self-medicating and self-abuse."


    thats what rhymesayers had to say about it.
    i loove this song
    sarahmorrisonon May 01, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe guy is not necessarily a drug dealer and especially no pimp. He is just your average idiot who drives around all day simply because he has nothing else to do, b/c he has no job b/c his woman is the one doing the working. And this idiot drives around with his girl/kids in the backseat blasting the crap swear infested gangsta rap. I see this idiot everyday of my life. And I always feel so sorry for those kids sitting in the back seat with the shi*ty distorted bass blasing away at their little eardrums. Daddys and Mommies is just a plural because this is not one guy this is thousands of guys doing this and their stories and their lazy lives are all the same.
    jahBon February 03, 2010   Link
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    General Commentother than the obvious points this song makes, it really hits home with me because music has always been my "escape" as slug puts it and it keeps me on the up and up every day
    burnout42017on April 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay I'm trying to figure out what the story is here. At one point the girl refers to her dad being "important", and "The guy with the suit and tie they see at the court". But there is also a lot of obvious references to the family living out of their car. Why do the cops want to talk to him?
    34thpolakon April 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdope. It basically shows how children percieve things, regardless of what's going on around them. This little girl's dad is obviously a drug dealer or something, but the only thing the little girl really focuses on is the music and the treats she gets. I love how Slug referenced how when she says bitch it makes the dad laugh. It's a personal moment right there, it reminds me of my kids
    convinceon October 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always looked at this as the father being a pimp, "Daddys drive around, Mommys work night shift" (notice the plural "Mommies")

    The previously stated references to the lawyer at the court, the cops at the car wash, the father talking to people out of his window. And the daughter saying "bitch" when she omits all other curse words. Why might this be? My thought, the father calls his prostitutes "bitches".

    Well, that's all I got. Slug + Ant = Atmosphere
    Atmosphere = The Shit
    The Shit = Slug + Ant
    There is a mathematical theorem somewhere that states the above, I just can't remember it.
    Treetherson March 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSong is about the relationship between a father and his daughter.
    The lyrics show a Drug dealing father, well liked within his neighborhood
    "But at the car wash they treat him like the star that she sees"
    however he has legal troubles as he is always seen with his Lawyer, combating the Police.
    " The guy with the suit and tie they see at the court
    And it seems like he ain't tryin to talk to police"

    The evidence towards him being a drug dealer, is the reference to "Daddy's office" meaning he does his income making within the refines of his car, typical of a drug dealer. Matching up with several references to smoking weed.

    What the Artists, Slug is trying to convey is that the innocence of a young child under the constant bombardment of a societies view of negativity such as Drug dealing, law suits, unhealthy diet etc, can escape these negative features of life within the music box "Car Radio" she feels safe within the music, lost in her own world and instead of rebelling against the cruel life her father makes her live, Her special treatment of her;
    " And the lollipop she gets makes her feel like a big deal
    Not allowed to have it yet, gotta sit still
    Like the toy that she knows is gonna come with the kids meal
    She loves drive-thru food
    Health conscious Dad, he buys her the juice
    A little sip of soda builds the pride"

    In essence, Music can be the sole solver of harships in life, through music she sees her dad as a star, and the main man in her life. Through music she is safe.
    Maniakon June 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDaddy is a drug dealer. "They keep her distracted from the strangers' voices" , "Nu-uh, Papa cant roll a messy office"

    "The guy with the suit and tie they see at the court" - obviously his lawyer
    Somephucon April 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a little girl whose dad is a criminal of some sort ("the man with the suit and tie we see at the court", "the police treat him like the star that she sees", meaning they pay attention to him). To escape from the present, she listens to rap. The music teaches her that "daddies drive around, mommies work night shifts".

    "Escape is a paradox because her childhood is a music box" means that she will grow up to be like her mom, working the night shift, fighting with her husband over a daughter neither of them know how to take care of. She's stuck in the lyrics, stuck in her dad's car, learning what she sees and hears.
    restartauguston March 07, 2011   Link

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