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Thread started 05/17/17 7:09pm

luvsexy4all

"Pop goes the music...when the big white rabbit begins to talk"

what does that all mean???? jefferson airplane reference?

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Reply #1 posted 05/17/17 7:23pm

jaawwnn

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I've always thought the "pop goes the music" line was a brilliant one.

The entire song is just about living life to its fullest right? I don't think it's something that can be interpreted literally, although someone on here might have a great theory.

The white rabbit idea comes from Alice in Wonderland and generally means following your curiosity until you start to see things different. He then follows the colours from the white rabbit to your friend going green with envy (and doing The Walk (kind of a reference to the Time song i'd say) ) and a yellow day (sunshine).


I suppose what he's saying is follow your curiosity, follow your talent, play your music and don't worry about people who try to put you down, just have fun and eventually they'll come round to your way of thinking.

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Reply #2 posted 05/18/17 1:15am

Number23

I always assumed it was an allegory for WB (big white rabbit, corporate Bugs Bunny) wanting more Purple Rain popular radio fodder and him telling them to fuck off by sacking the Revolution. Colour green making friends leave is not only envy, but money.
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Reply #3 posted 05/18/17 6:10am

mrfog

Doesn't it refer to Harvey, the big white talking rabbit from the James Stewart film of the same name?

https://en.m.wikipedia.or...vey_(film)
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Reply #4 posted 05/18/17 6:24am

PRNelson

Number23 said:

I always assumed it was an allegory for WB (big white rabbit, corporate Bugs Bunny) wanting more Purple Rain popular radio fodder and him telling them to fuck off by sacking the Revolution. Colour green making friends leave is not only envy, but money.


I think people have mentioned it is a slight at Morris Day. "The colour green will make your BEST FRIEND leave you. It'll make him do THE WALK.

'The walk' being a Time track. And i believe Morris had an album called 'the colour of success'.
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Reply #5 posted 05/18/17 12:33pm

monkeytennis

I always thought the 'Pop goes the music' part was a slight reference to

The English Nursery Rhyme

“Pop, Goes the Weasel”

Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Because as a child we'd sing the nursery rhyme and make a pop sound, with a finger in the side of our mouths (not sure if I'm explaining that well) after singing the "Pop" word.
And in the background after Prince sings "Pop" there seems to be that familiar pop sound.
Or maybe I'm imagining it smile
[Edited 5/18/17 12:38pm]
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Reply #6 posted 05/18/17 12:58pm

lynx

It's a reference to music sounding better when you're buzzed

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Reply #7 posted 05/18/17 4:03pm

jaawwnn

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PRNelson said:

Number23 said:
I always assumed it was an allegory for WB (big white rabbit, corporate Bugs Bunny) wanting more Purple Rain popular radio fodder and him telling them to fuck off by sacking the Revolution. Colour green making friends leave is not only envy, but money.
I think people have mentioned it is a slight at Morris Day. "The colour green will make your BEST FRIEND leave you. It'll make him do THE WALK. 'The walk' being a Time track. And i believe Morris had an album called 'the colour of success'.

oh yeah, that'd make sense. Don't know why it never occured to me lol


Number23 said:

I always assumed it was an allegory for WB (big white rabbit, corporate Bugs Bunny) wanting more Purple Rain popular radio fodder and him telling them to fuck off by sacking the Revolution. Colour green making friends leave is not only envy, but money.

This too, man i need to think about his lyrics some more.

[Edited 5/18/17 16:19pm]

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Reply #8 posted 05/18/17 4:21pm

SquirrelMeat

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I always thought it was straightforward, and a more positive version of the lyrics he started in the original 'Old Friends 4 Sale'.


Aah, pop goes the music (The music goes bad)
When the big white rabbit begin to talk (drugs take over)
And the color green will make your best friend leave ya (Vanity, Morris day, Chick)
It will make 'em do the walk (Vanity, Morris, Chick)
But that's cool
'Cause one day, everyday will be a yellow day (a happy day will come back)
And let's play

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Reply #9 posted 05/18/17 11:30pm

coldasice

It's Bugs Bunny the Warner Bros mascot...I always thought it was about WB stopping Crystal Ball. Then the next part is about everybody being gone at that time (maybe Morris) since he throws in "It'll make you do The Walk".
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Reply #10 posted 05/27/17 4:14am

Laydown

The color green.I thought he was referring to money.

Pop goes the music...when the big white rabbit begins to talk. Maybe hes referring to pop music culture and drug use/halucinating(white rabbit begins to talk)

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Reply #11 posted 05/27/17 11:51am

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lynx said:

It's a reference to music sounding better when you're buzzed

Image result for alice in wonderland chasing the white rabbit gif

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Reply #12 posted 05/27/17 12:12pm

rdhull

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A reference to coke and Morris/Chicks foray with it. Friends etc

and Wizard Of Oz Alice In Wonderland fable influence

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What would we do without all these jerks anyway? Besides, all our friends are here.
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Reply #13 posted 05/27/17 12:13pm

carlluv

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PRNelson said:

Number23 said:

I always assumed it was an allegory for WB (big white rabbit, corporate Bugs Bunny) wanting more Purple Rain popular radio fodder and him telling them to fuck off by sacking the Revolution. Colour green making friends leave is not only envy, but money.


I think people have mentioned it is a slight at Morris Day. "The colour green will make your BEST FRIEND leave you. It'll make him do THE WALK.

'The walk' being a Time track. And i believe Morris had an album called 'the colour of success'.

Exactly, it was more of a dig at Morris then anything else
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Reply #14 posted 05/27/17 12:16pm

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carlluv said:

PRNelson said:
I think people have mentioned it is a slight at Morris Day. "The colour green will make your BEST FRIEND leave you. It'll make him do THE WALK. 'The walk' being a Time track. And i believe Morris had an album called 'the colour of success'.
Exactly, it was more of a dig at Morris then anything else

bingo

What would we do without all these jerks anyway? Besides, all our friends are here.
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Reply #15 posted 05/27/17 5:06pm

AnnaStesia10

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SquirrelMeat said:

I always thought it was straightforward, and a more positive version of the lyrics he started in the original 'Old Friends 4 Sale'.


Aah, pop goes the music (The music goes bad)
When the big white rabbit begin to talk (drugs take over)
And the color green will make your best friend leave ya (Vanity, Morris day, Chick)
It will make 'em do the walk (Vanity, Morris, Chick)
But that's cool
'Cause one day, everyday will be a yellow day (a happy day will come back)
And let's play



I was just listening to this song today, love it love the drum beats in this one! I agree with what you are saying here.
"A strong spirit transcends rules." - Prince
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Reply #16 posted 06/01/17 6:27pm

SquirrelMeat

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AnnaStesia10 said:

SquirrelMeat said:

I always thought it was straightforward, and a more positive version of the lyrics he started in the original 'Old Friends 4 Sale'.


Aah, pop goes the music (The music goes bad)
When the big white rabbit begin to talk (drugs take over)
And the color green will make your best friend leave ya (Vanity, Morris day, Chick)
It will make 'em do the walk (Vanity, Morris, Chick)
But that's cool
'Cause one day, everyday will be a yellow day (a happy day will come back)
And let's play

I was just listening to this song today, love it love the drum beats in this one! I agree with what you are saying here.


I think what is particularly good is that P could build meaningful lyrics into the 'popiest' of tunes. Even now, I thing we can all discover new layers to many songs.

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Reply #17 posted 06/02/17 8:49am

BEAUGARDE

It was a dig @ Morris for leaving the Prince camp

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