Prince at The Purple Rain Premiere
Prince wrote this song for his movie Purple Rain. In the movie, Prince has a difficult relationship with his father, who beats his mom. Scenes of his father come in on the lyrics where Prince calls him "demanding."The film is semi-autobiographical, but how much is based on real life remains a mystery, as Prince rarely gives interviews and doesn't talk about his personal life. In the movie, the song expresses his fear of becoming like his parents.

Besides writing and composing the track, Prince played all the instruments on the song.