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.
Trivia:

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