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Thread started 03/02/17 8:42pm

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Never get married....Father's song appreciation thread

The piano piece titled "father's song"has always been beautiful to me and powerful in the film. It would have worked nice as a interlude to computer blue IMO. I've also wondered if a longer version exist. Prince always came up with the prettiest melodies:)
"love's the only drug we do in here"-Prince
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Reply #1 posted 03/03/17 5:25am

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like Mama (1984) I wonder if Father's Song had any lyrics

Father! Father? The son is gone

Father! Father? Where is the Dawn?

Where is the Dawn Father!?

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
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Reply #2 posted 03/03/17 5:46am

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Although its only a minute or so long, this is one of the best things Prince wrote IMO ... love to hear a longer version.

I've tried to learn a proper version of it on the piano myself but to this day I can't find the exact chords.

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Reply #3 posted 03/03/17 6:10am

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That statement Prince's father in the movie told him combined with the performance he had just gave on piano has always been very deep to me. and revealed alot about the real Prince's upbringing and a great scene before computer blue. It was powerful.
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Reply #4 posted 03/03/17 6:16am

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...and we suddenly recognize the MUSIC
as his Father's -- the song he played on the piano the night before.
But it's Prince's now, stamped with his own signature.
He's bent at the waist, his back to the audience, alone with his
father's, and his, pain.

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Father's Song is an unreleased song recorded on 29 October, 1983 at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA. It was included as the ninth track on a 7 November, 1983 configuration of Purple Rain. The song appears in the Purple Rain movie, where Prince's character "The Kid" plays the song on piano after discovering his father's sheet music for the song. The main melody was then included as a section in Computer Blue. The song itself, however, remains unreleased. - PrinceVault

Computer Blue:The song was composed by Prince & the Revolution, with credit to his father, John L. Nelson for the guitar solo based on an untitled piano piece by Nelson. Prince titled the piece "Father's Song" and recorded it on piano for the film, though on screen it was portrayed as being played by Prince's on-screen father, actor Clarence Williams III.

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What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
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Reply #5 posted 03/03/17 7:13am

0uterageous

at least he incorporated it into guitar during the bridge in Computer Blue

Even in 2008 he mentioned a similar story about what his father told him, I would like to think it was a wise advice for him as a teenager and not as an adult confused

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Reply #6 posted 03/03/17 7:32am

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So true.
"love's the only drug we do in here"-Prince
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Reply #7 posted 03/03/17 9:13am

dance4me3121

I hope a studio version is added to the Purple Rain deluxe album coming June 10th.
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Reply #8 posted 03/03/17 3:49pm

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I would hope/expect there is a longer version lurking in the vault??

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Reply #9 posted 03/05/17 8:39am

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Just like "An honest man"from the UTCM opening scene a clear studio version of both would be cool.
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Reply #10 posted 03/05/17 8:55am

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Poorlovelycomputer said:

The piano piece titled "father's song"has always been beautiful to me and powerful in the film. It would have worked nice as a interlude to computer blue IMO. I've also wondered if a longer version exist. Prince always came up with the prettiest melodies:)

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Why would this be necessary, when 'Computer Blue' already interprets most of this piece, which section of the song itself serves as an 'interlude' into other parts of the suite that follow in the unedited track, and in the released version/sequencing helps build up to 'Darling Nikki'.

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Its use in the film makes sense in advancing the [simplistic] story, but on an commercially released album, it does not 'compute'.

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It is a hauntingly beautiful piano-and-effects track, nevertheless.

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Reply #11 posted 03/05/17 3:14pm

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Thanks for OPINION
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Reply #12 posted 03/05/17 4:56pm

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DaveT said:

Although its only a minute or so long, this is one of the best things Prince wrote IMO ... love to hear a longer version.


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Reply #13 posted 03/07/17 8:29am

tmcjb

Not only one of my favorite Prince songs, also one of my favorite piano pieces. I always play a version of it when playing piano in public, but nothing compares to the original.
"Like the drummer said, you got to die."
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Reply #14 posted 03/08/17 1:24am

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tmcjb said:

Not only one of my favorite Prince songs, also one of my favorite piano pieces. I always play a version of it when playing piano in public, but nothing compares to the original.


Don't suppose you have the chords you use for playing this? ... would love to learn it myself

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Reply #15 posted 03/23/17 4:51pm

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DaveT said:

tmcjb said:

Not only one of my favorite Prince songs, also one of my favorite piano pieces. I always play a version of it when playing piano in public, but nothing compares to the original.


Don't suppose you have the chords you use for playing this? ... would love to learn it myself

Something along the lines of:

Bm Bm A Bm G Gb G Gb G Gb Bm

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Reply #16 posted 03/24/17 1:42am

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It's on YouTube for those unfamiliar with it like myself
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Reply #17 posted 03/25/17 10:55am

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Of course there's a studio version. It's not circulating, but it last 5 minutes and 15 seconds according to those who claim to have heard it. confused

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Reply #18 posted 03/25/17 6:06pm

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scififilmnerd said:

Of course there's a studio version. It's not circulating, but it last 5 minutes and 15 seconds according to those who claim to have heard it. confused


Damn, that just made me feel greedy... I want it NOW!!!
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Reply #19 posted 03/26/17 1:03am

rap

scififilmnerd said:

Of course there's a studio version. It's not circulating, but it last 5 minutes and 15 seconds according to those who claim to have heard it. confused

Really???

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Reply #20 posted 03/26/17 4:00am

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DaveT said:

Although its only a minute or so long, this is one of the best things Prince wrote IMO ... love to hear a longer version.

I've tried to learn a proper version of it on the piano myself but to this day I can't find the exact chords.



Maybe he just arranged it.
The main melodic phrase could be entirely borrowed from an original John L. composition.

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Reply #21 posted 03/26/17 4:10am

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bluefish said:

DaveT said:

Although its only a minute or so long, this is one of the best things Prince wrote IMO ... love to hear a longer version.


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Reply #22 posted 03/28/17 1:11am

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dance4me3121 said:

I hope a studio version is added to the Purple Rain deluxe album coming June 10th.



You mean, June 9th... the 10th is my birthday party cake

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Reply #23 posted 03/31/17 10:40am

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scififilmnerd said:

Of course there's a studio version. It's not circulating, but it last 5 minutes and 15 seconds according to those who claim to have heard it. confused

Even the "elite" collectors don't have it? Someone said a clean version of the movie version was circulating but I really hope there's some hope for the full studio version.

Supposedly there's a cassette with it somewhere with "God" registered in copyright:

http://cocatalog.loc.gov/...amp;SID=10

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