Another touching ode for Hailie: Mockinbird

The most touching words Eminem put into his brand new album are the words dedicated to his little daughter Hailie. When I first listened to the song, I loved the softness of the song and I couldn’t hide my tears, because I was moved deeply inside. When Marshall talks about Hailie, nobody could doubt his true feelings expressed into music.

Some people were chocked because Eminem made his personal issues and his dialogue with Hailie public. To all of you who were shocked by the personal character of Mockinbird, arguing about it and doubting Marshall’s sincerity, let me tell you this:

-Marshall is a public person, his life is exposed by the media every day, people knew about Kim’s whereabouts anyway

- Because Marshall has this particular kind of relationship with his public, he intends to share those precious words addressed to Hailie.

The song is like a beautiful necklace whose pearls the listener will collect one by one.

Marshall first adresses to Hailie to let her know that he is very conscious of her pain. Sometimes, Hailie feels lost between her mom’s absence she is unable to explain and her daddy’s absence for obvious professional reasons:

« I know sometimes things may not always
make since to you right now
but hey what did daddy always tell
straighten up lil soldier
stiffin up that upper lip
what you cryin about?
you got me… »

Marshall can read his daughter’s pain in her eyes. I know by experience how much little kid’s faces can say more than thousand words.

At the beginning of the song, Marshall goes straight to the subject. He talks about Kim’s absence and about how much his daughter misses her mom. He also talks about his own absences that must sometimes be a huge pain into Hailie’s heart. It is a matter of fact Hailie doesn’t see her daddy very often. But Marshall ensures his daughter of his omnipresent love, which is the most important:

« Hailie i know you miss your mom
and i know you miss your dad when I’m gone
but I’m tryin to give you the life that i never had
i can see your sad, even when you smile
even when you laugh i can see it in your eyes
deep inside you wanna cry cause your scared
i aint there, daddy’s with you in your prayers
no more cryin, wipe them tears
daddy’s here, no more nightmares… »

In the first verse, Eminem mentions another little girl, whose nickname is Laney. I’ve been asked by many people who this little girl was. Laney is Alaina, Dawn’s (Kim’s twin sister) daughter. Alaina has been adopted by Marshall, she currently lives with him and goes by the name Alaina Mathers:

« Daddy’s here, no more nightmares
we gonna pull together through it
we gon do it, Laney uncle’s crazy
but he loves you baby and you better know it
we’re all we got in this world when it spins
when it swirls, when it whirls, when it twirls
two little beautiful girls lookin puzzled
in a daze, i know its confusin you
daddys always on the move
momma’s always on the news
i try to keep you sheltered from it
but somehow it seems the harder that i try
to do that the more it backfires on me
all the things growin up as daddy
that he had to see, daddy dont want you to see… »

Eminem has always done his best to keep Hailie sheltered from the scandals surrounding Kim, but sometimes he doesn’t manage to protect her completely from this kind of exposure.

In the second verse, Marshall recalls the time when he was struggling for recognition., the dog years he went through across 8 Mile.

At this time, Marshall and Kim had no money, their appartement was often broken into and robbed. He recalls a dramatic event. Kim wanted to spare some money for Hailie’s college:

« and your mom was savin money for you in a jar
tryin to start a piggy bank for you so you could go to college
almost had a thousand dollars til someone broke in and stole it
and i know it hurt so bad it broke your momma’s heart
and it seemed like everything was just startin to fall apart
mom and dad was arguin a lot… »

There are references to places in Detroit where Eminem and Kim used to live:

« So momma moved back on charmas in a flat one bedroom apartment
and dad moved back to the other side of 8 mile on Novara… »

In fact « Chalmas » refers to Chalmer Street in Detroit that is located in Wayne county:

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&address=Chalmer+Street+&city=Detroit&state=MI

MC Hush, who was Eminem’s formerly friend and neighbor at this time, has mentioned Novara street several times in an interview.

Marshall looks at some ancient pictures and he remembers his memories with Kim.

Then he addresses again to Hailie and Alaina, giving both girls strength and hope, telling them that Kim’s situation is temporary. He wants them to understand that despite all, he can handle the situation and that he is here for them:

« Laney, im talkin to you too, daddy’s still here
I like the sound of that, yeah
its gotta ring to it dont it, shhh, momma’s only gone for the moment… »

The third verse is touching and funny. Marshall is ready to « give the world » to his daughter. He will make her smile by any means:

« i know mommy’s not here right now
and we don’t know why we feel how we feel inside
it may seem a little crazy pretty baby
but i promise, momma’s gon be alright
and if you ask me to daddys gonna buy you a mockingbird
I’m gon give you the world
im’a buy a diamond ring for you im’a sing for you
i’ll do anything for you to see you smile
and if that mockinbird dont sing and that ring dont shine
im’a break that birdie’s neck
i’ll go back to the jeweler who sold it to ya
and make him eat every karot, dont fuck with dad »

The message of the song is reassuring : Marshall tells his daughter that sometimes we have no control of our destiny, but that Kim is gonna be all right.

Mockinbird, you’d better sing for Hailie or Marshall might break your neck!

Hailie keep your head up: your daddy loves you and remember he will always be there for you.

81 Responses to “Another touching ode for Hailie: Mockinbird”

  1. Mimi says:

    I hate Eminem! he sucks like hell and this song really sucks! why does he care so much about his daughter and Laney? It’s really weird and sappy! I just hate him! why does everyone like him anyways?! doesnt anyone listen to Hillary Duff these days?!

  2. ^ MAN U REALLY NEED 2 CLEAN UR EARS OUT, WHO THE HELL WOULD LIKE HILLARY DUFF,, NO OFFENCE BUT U GOT DIFFERENT TASTE…

  3. mini says:

    sorry but hilary duff’s song are SOOOOOOOOO slow that it make’s me want to screem!!!!!!! eminem’s song are fast even the slow ones are FAST conpaired to HD’s song!!!!!!!

  4. mits says:

    OMG!!!! the songs way too amazing….
    and PLZZZ…… WHO THE F**K LISTENS TO HILARY DUFF?????….NO OFFENSE…woman.. but u hav a different taste…….and…. comparing HD wid eminem.. is soo kiddish… he’s my hero…. way to go eminem.. LOVE YA!!!!!!nd i luv mockingbird….. ..amazing… song,,,,,, luve ya

  5. mits says:

    I LOVE EMINEM……. rebbeca ur rite… hes the hottest…!!!!!! ….

  6. Courtney* says:

    Dude Mimi Hilary Duff is turning into a sl*t I cant believe you would consider listening to her..this is a site for people who like eminem (like me) so maybe you should go join a fan club for Hilary..!!

    EMINEM IS THE BEST and he really cares for them gurls because he wants to give them something he never had!!! =)

  7. mini says:

    yo f*ck I went to a party for a 5 year old who thinks HD rocks but she’s just a little kid i was FORCED to listen to her sh*ty song ALL night F*ck i fell asleep after the first 30 mins.!!!!!!!

  8. mini says:

    and dude I HATEEEEEEEEE HD she sucks D*ck!!!!!!!!!!! Eminem ROCKSSSS he is the man!!!!!! I’m apart of 32 eminem fan clubs and guess how many of HD i’m a part of!!!!??????? 0000000000000000000000000- NONE= 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

  9. mini says:

    if you LOVEEEEE eminem say em rocks 5 times!!!! and mimi i agree with courtney you shouldn’t be on this website!!!

  10. pauly says:

    em rocks em rocks em rocks em rocks oh shit i only said it 4 times eminem is a fucking pussy

  11. pauly says:

    yea fuck dat even i gots to agree comparing that slut to eminem shadies gonna win then again so would the fucking poppa smurf

  12. lady says:

    eminem is da best in da whole world if yall doubt him u can piss off and find sum1 2 kiss ass EMINEM IS DA BOMB DIGGITY XXX

  13. lady says:

    HAILIE JADE IS SOOO CUTE I SAW HERE ON A RECENT PHOTO SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE HER DADDY KIM IS A SLUT WHO SUCKS DICK 4EVA XXXXXXXX

  14. BITCH says:

    MOCKING BIRD IS DA SHIT MAN IF U DONT LIKE IT U R WELL SAD

  15. LADY says:

    I WELL WISH DAT MA DAD WAS LIKE HIM BUT MY DAD IS A FAT PRICK XX
    NO1S DAD COULD EVER COMPETE 2 EMINEM MAN HE IS DA BEST DAD IN DA WORLD XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
    I LOVE EMINEM 4EVA
    IF EMINEM DIDNT EXSIST PEOPLE WOULD LISEN 2 BRITTY SPEARS OR SUM COCKSUCKER LIKE DAT
    JA RULE AND BENZINO ARE PROPER CUNTS 4 SAYING DAT ABOUT HAILIE SHE AINT EVEN SAID ANYTINK 2 DEM ITS JUST COZ DEY R WELL JEALUS COZ THEY CANT ever B LIKE EM
    AND DER JEALOUS 4 EMS LOVE 4 HAILIE AND LANIE
    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

  16. jamie says:

    u are my biggest fan and ur hot

  17. McKenzie says:

    Eminem is in REHAB **CRY** MAN I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EMINEM

  18. Amanda says:

    hey my name is amanda olsen i am 15 years old i just wanted to say i love you hailie and eminem and lainie you too. hailie your mom will be ok i promise you that sweetie well i gotta go eminem you helped me through my ruff times thanx and i love you eminem and i love you lainie sweetie and i love you hailie baby.

    love always amanda

  19. The-one-who-doesn't-wanna-be-known says:

    Amanda, Kim was out of rehab and jail in February so it’s a little late telling Hailie mom’s gonna be alright since she is taking care of Hailie and Lannie at the moment. Or actually Lannie lives full time with Eminem but Hailie doesn’t. Kim visits Lannie and takes her and Hailie out to do all kinds of mother / daughter stuff. Shop and stuff like that. Eminem also does that kind of shit with Lannie and Hailie. You know those jumpy thingys who people jump in? (not trampolin) well you know what I mean? Eminem rented that for his daughters. The women who was brought it to house is appearantly a fan, so she didn’t wanna act all, you know. When she had got the thing up, Eminem came out running along with Lannie and Hailie and they started jumping in it, and a mystery another little girl was with them. Well not a mystery for me but the women didn’t know. That girl is Kim’s 3-year-old daughter, named Whitney Harrter. She (the women who delivered it) said it was really cute cause Lannie and Hailie are very beautiful, both of them and they didn’t seem like normal sisters who fight all the time. And Eminem lifted Whitney up on it and went himself then. Cute vision, wish I would’ve seen it :(

  20. josh says:

    amanda are you related to the olsen twins their hott

  21. mel says:

    hi guys, you know a very lot of things about Em and his life!!
    I’m one of his best fan too….
    do you know if, at the moment, Marshall and kim are still together?!

  22. ferne says:

    i totally love eminem he is so gr8 he sings welll raps his songs from the heart i would love to meet him i have 27 posters of him all over my room and hav got all his albums including his new one curtain call he is thge best and i am his number 1 fan he is the best !!!!!! p.s does anyone no is kim and eminem are together now ?? thx guys lv ya s xx

  23. Hailie says:

    Hi everyone… Thank you for saying all that nice stuff about my daddy and I. Daddy says he is going to be home more for me, Lainie, Nate, and Whitney… Lainie is right here… she says that daddy really loves us and wants to be there for us…. Whitney is my sister by mommy and this bad guy Eric…..she is getting big….. daddy did order a moon jump for us and he jumped with us… he made sure whitney didnt fall or get hurt… we are so lucky

  24. BeeKat says:

    Why people keeps impersonating Hailie? Do they really think that people believe them? C’mon guys!

  25. alaina but go by aj says:

    Hey yall!! wats up? I love eminem’s stuff, i hated it at first but i got more into it, the song mockingbird is my all time favorite song of his and one of my favorite songs ever written!! i just think its so sweet and cute how he cares about his daughters hailey and alaina(yes its my name too and spelled the same). Even though alot of people say alot of shit about him, I think he is a great guy.

  26. LEEANNE says:

    THANKS EM FOR YOUR SONG ALL YOUR SONGS ARE NICE AND SWEET BUT THIS IS THE BEST SONG!WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    EMINEM
    THANK YA FOR EVERYTHING

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  27. doesnt matter says:

    Hi everyone… Thank you for saying all that nice stuff about my daddy and I. Daddy says he is going to be home more for me, Lainie, Nate, and Whitney… Lainie is right here… she says that daddy really loves us and wants to be there for us…. Whitney is my sister by mommy and this bad guy Eric…..she is getting big….. daddy did order a moon jump for us and he jumped with us… he made sure whitney didnt fall or get hurt… we are so lucky

    whahaha Hailie???? my ass. and i dont understand that people are saying that they love Hailie, they most of them dont know her. poor little girl

  28. tIFFANY says:

    Alaina and Marshall’s relationship is not what everyone thinks. she is selfish and pushes hailie around i dont like her i fort she was my friend but shes a bitch and im going to tell everyone about her and yousee yourself how much shes a coward i will give her email shes souch a bitch and she ruened my life i hate her and shes bauch a spoiled brat hailies the same but shes nicer then lainnie my addy is tiff_go_go@hotmail.com and alaina’s is partygirl_lainie@hotmail.com
    she will reuin your liufes too

    ps IM NOT POSTING THIS AFTER THE ARTICLE FROM THE MARSHALL/ALAINA INCIDENT IM JUST SPREADING IT ALL OVER THE INTERNET

  29. anna says:

    Is Laney THAT bad??? It seems like she’s a nice sister in most articles written about her… now I hear that she pushes hailie around. And what bout that woman who wrote about how nice lanie and hailie were to each other?

  30. Drew gurl says:

    Hailie needs her mom but she is to busy being a slut b_tch how could she do that to eminem and your baby she is adorable and eminem is hot shit luv u eminem and hailie

  31. ntysrt says:

    his aunt edna didn’t die.