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Jerky

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Prince's performance of 'The Ladder' - New Zealand 2016

I'm wondering if Prince knew he was coming to the end of his life and left a few clues in his performances.

During his performance of 'The Ladder' in Auckland earlier this year he said it meant a lot to him that night.

He then sang the line "How this story started and how it will end..." Then he really emphasised and repeated the "how will it end?" lyric.

The whole show is tinged with nostalgia and sadness, but maybe that's just because it's so sad to hear him now.

Maybe I'm wrong but my instinct is all was not well and he knew it.
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Reply #1 posted 05/13/16 11:35am

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Jerky said:

I'm wondering if Prince knew he was coming to the end of his life and left a few clues in his performances. During his performance of 'The Ladder' in Auckland earlier this year he said it meant a lot to him that night. He then sang the line "How this story started and how it will end..." Then he really emphasised and repeated the "how will it end?" lyric. The whole show is tinged with nostalgia and sadness, but maybe that's just because it's so sad to hear him now. Maybe I'm wrong but my instinct is all was not well and he knew it.

I would like to hear this version. The Ladder is a soulful and beautiful song.

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Reply #2 posted 05/13/16 12:41pm

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He also assured us that night that despite it being his first time here, it won't be his last. Now while that's consistent with the kind of flippant thing musicians throw about to a crowd, it seems unlikely someone would say that if they knew they'd be gone soon.

Imporant to remember the misses as well as the hits when building a potential picture of what you think he did or did not know.
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Reply #3 posted 05/13/16 1:47pm

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True. He even spoke of shows this Summer in Paisley Park.

I've been listening to a lot of recent stuff and there's a theme there.
It could just be a part of his general vibe.

I think 'Way Back Home' and the Affermations were intended to be a final statement.
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Jerky said:

I'm wondering if Prince knew he was coming to the end of his life and left a few clues in his performances. During his performance of 'The Ladder' in Auckland earlier this year he said it meant a lot to him that night. He then sang the line "How this story started and how it will end..." Then he really emphasised and repeated the "how will it end?" lyric. The whole show is tinged with nostalgia and sadness, but maybe that's just because it's so sad to hear him now. Maybe I'm wrong but my instinct is all was not well and he knew it.


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Reply #5 posted 05/13/16 3:02pm

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I was listening to one of the Piano shows and during Lets Go Crazy, he kept saying "We're never going to die" instead of "We're all gonna die". I could have the direct quote wrong but something like that and was notable.

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Reply #6 posted 05/13/16 6:18pm

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Jerky said:

I'm wondering if Prince knew he was coming to the end of his life and left a few clues in his performances. During his performance of 'The Ladder' in Auckland earlier this year he said it meant a lot to him that night. He then sang the line "How this story started and how it will end..." Then he really emphasised and repeated the "how will it end?" lyric. The whole show is tinged with nostalgia and sadness, but maybe that's just because it's so sad to hear him now. Maybe I'm wrong but my instinct is all was not well and he knew it.


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No, I understand you are looking or answers, I know it is sucks that Prince is gone, you are reading too much into this. Pure spectualation.

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Reply #7 posted 05/13/16 6:30pm

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Jerky said:

True. He even spoke of shows this Summer in Paisley Park. I've been listening to a lot of recent stuff and there's a theme there. It could just be a part of his general vibe. I think 'Way Back Home' and the Affermations were intended to be a final statement.

No and no. Prince used themes like this throughout his career. With your logic "Sometimes it Snows in April" would have been his final statement. I hate to say this, but you are not going find any anwsers in the music no matter how much you insist there are no hidden messages, nor is there anything referring to Prince's death.

[Edited 5/13/16 18:32pm]

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Reply #8 posted 05/14/16 2:28am

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luv4u said:



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Of course none of us know for sure, except you it seems. It'll be interesting to find out what really happened. I think we all would make more sense of this sadness if we get some answers.

I'd like if he'd done some work on his memoir before he died. It would be incredible even more so now to get his perspective on his work.
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