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Thread started 09/30/17 2:05pm

lion88

The breakdown Inspiration

When I heard Prince sing The Breakdown on the Montreux video I thought this song could be inspired by some old school music. At first it reminded me of the song Memory Lane by Minni Ripperton. Like The Breakdown this is a song about reminiscing. I got triggered when I heard Prince sing I don't want to go during his performance as Minnie does in her song.

Then I also heard the song Breakdown on Memory Lane by Harriet Schock, a singer who wrote a song for the soundtrack of the The Last Dragon with Vanity. Maybe I'm just connecting these 3 songs but these songs could have inspired Prince to write The Breakdown. By the way this cd Minnie by Minnie Ripperton is really good and contains also some funky songs. She has such a remarkable voice. Stevie Wonder also produced one of her albums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrtDSfK8Ekg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDP0GJ2rlME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bj36ObVQoY\

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Reply #1 posted 09/30/17 2:48pm

lion88

By the way Maya Rudolph is the daughter of Minnie Riperton and she has the Prince cover band Princess which Prince knew about and also approved.

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Reply #2 posted 10/09/17 7:20am

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Nah this is about SOMEONE in his life for sure

He called it his favourite on a talk show.. Got to be more to it.
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Reply #3 posted 10/09/17 1:06pm

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I know this is unrelated and silly, but anytime i hear the opening chords, it just reminds me of the intro to Janet Jackson's When I Think of You lol smile
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Reply #4 posted 10/09/17 2:04pm

FlyOnTheWall

Cough, cough, Andy Allo... nod

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Reply #5 posted 10/09/17 8:51pm

ISaidLifeIsJus
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I love this song.

I love this Album.

My twocents

This song is not about someone but some "thing."

The Breakdown is the "illness" P was suffering from at the end of his life.

This illness is Breaking him down.

P is reminiscing about things he thought was important in life...having the biggest house with the biggest pool, and instead he wants the time back and we can keep the memories.

"Every book I read said I would met someone like you" (the illness).

There is a door where there use to be a wall.

As long as you (his Creator) catches P when he falls "it's cool"

pimp

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Reply #6 posted 10/10/17 5:49am

coldcoffeeandc
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ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

I love this song.

I love this Album.

My twocents

This song is not about someone but some "thing."

The Breakdown is the "illness" P was suffering from at the end of his life.

This illness is Breaking him down.

P is reminiscing about things he thought was important in life...having the biggest house with the biggest pool, and instead he wants the time back and we can keep the memories.

"Every book I read said I would met someone like you" (the illness).

There is a door where there use to be a wall.

As long as you (his Creator) catches P when he falls "it's cool"

pimp



I dont know there was an illness - its all conjecture I know. Really interesting theory.
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Reply #7 posted 10/10/17 5:58am

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Sounds to me like another one of his god songs.

RIP sad
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Reply #8 posted 10/10/17 7:36am

pinkcashmere23

During one of his performances of it last year he whispered,"she does."so it seems to be directed toward someone.In Time Andy sings a bit of the chorus toward the end.I always took it as him saying this person was breaking down his defenses or walls causing him to want to change his ways for them.I'd like to ask Andy about it and see what she knows about the writing and recording process.

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Reply #9 posted 10/10/17 4:31pm

FlyOnTheWall

pinkcashmere23 said:

During one of his performances of it last year he whispered,"she does."so it seems to be directed toward someone.In Time Andy sings a bit of the chorus toward the end.I always took it as him saying this person was breaking down his defenses or walls causing him to want to change his ways for them.I'd like to ask Andy about it and see what she knows about the writing and recording process.

yes nod

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Reply #10 posted 10/10/17 4:49pm

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TheEnglishGent said:

Sounds to me like another one of his god songs.

Yup.

You can walk a mile in my shoes. But you can't dance a step in my feet.
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Reply #11 posted 10/10/17 7:22pm

purplegirl00

lion88 said:

When I heard Prince sing The Breakdown on the Montreux video I thought this song could be inspired by some old school music. At first it reminded me of the song Memory Lane by Minni Ripperton. Like The Breakdown this is a song about reminiscing. I got triggered when I heard Prince sing I don't want to go during his performance as Minnie does in her song.

Then I also heard the song Breakdown on Memory Lane by Harriet Schock, a singer who wrote a song for the soundtrack of the The Last Dragon with Vanity. Maybe I'm just connecting these 3 songs but these songs could have inspired Prince to write The Breakdown. By the way this cd Minnie by Minnie Ripperton is really good and contains also some funky songs. She has such a remarkable voice. Stevie Wonder also produced one of her albums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrtDSfK8Ekg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDP0GJ2rlME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bj36ObVQoY\

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[Edited 9/30/17 14:30pm]

I can see how you've connected these songs. You may be onto something here. I think Harriet's song seems very similar in terms of lyrics/ story to my interpretation of Prince's The Breakdown. nod I believe they are singing about the same experiences.

Minnie's voice is impressive and when she hits those high notes, dang... right out of the ball park and completely unexpected.

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Reply #12 posted 10/10/17 11:49pm

Mumio

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Here's something different, see post #48 from this thread http://prince.org/msg/7/4...&pg=1


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Welcome to "the org", Mumio…they can have you, but I'll have your love in the end nod
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Reply #13 posted 10/11/17 1:44am

Intermezzo

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Reply #14 posted 10/11/17 1:52am

TheEnglishGent

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Mumio said:

Here's something different, see post #48 from this thread http://prince.org/msg/7/4...&pg=1


Org links are broken. The link in your post goes to the completely wrong place, but a copy and paste takes you to the right place. Hopefully this one works. http://prince.org/msg/7/411851&pg=1

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RIP sad
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Reply #15 posted 10/11/17 1:57am

darkroman

A truly awesome track!!!


lol

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Reply #16 posted 10/11/17 3:19am

fishwillbite

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Hands down the best he wrote in the last 10-15 years. What a beautiful song, it never fails to touch me. Production is ever so slightly hokey but I'll allow that - better than being overproduced!

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Probably the song that makes me miss him most, as it came from the end of his career but showed how much more he had to give.

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PIPS! Eurgh...
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Reply #17 posted 10/11/17 3:35am

purplegirl00

Mumio said:

Here's something different, see post #48 from this thread http://prince.org/msg/7/4...&pg=1


[Edited 10/10/17 23:50pm]



I don't know, but there was a video made for The Breakdown. I saw it before it was taken down and from what I remember, the two songs the OP discussed, match the theme of the video.
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Reply #18 posted 10/11/17 11:34am

Mumio

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TheEnglishGent said:

Mumio said:

Here's something different, see post #48 from this thread http://prince.org/msg/7/4...&pg=1


Org links are broken. The link in your post goes to the completely wrong place, but a copy and paste takes you to the right place. Hopefully this one works. http://prince.org/msg/7/411851&pg=1

[Edited 10/11/17 1:53am]


Thank you, I didn't realize there was any problem with the link. Your's works fine though.

Welcome to "the org", Mumio…they can have you, but I'll have your love in the end nod
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Reply #19 posted 10/12/17 10:52pm

Asenath0607

TheEnglishGent said:

Sounds to me like another one of his god songs.

that's what i thought too

if i were to ever write down my life story,
i could truly say with all the fame and glory,
i was just a piece of clay in need of the potter’s hand,
’cause when you whispered in my ear
the words i so now understand
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Reply #20 posted 10/12/17 11:34pm

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Asenath0607 said:

TheEnglishGent said:

Sounds to me like another one of his god songs.

that's what i thought too

I don't think he was thinking about some girl when he did this one...

You can walk a mile in my shoes. But you can't dance a step in my feet.
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Reply #21 posted 10/13/17 9:11am

pinkcashmere23

Him singing "baby baby"toward the end makes me think it was written with a girl/woman in mind.It would be nice to know when it was written to give some insight into his mindset at the time.Someone could ask Andy during her next livestream and see what she knows about it.She's given some insight into some of the other songs they recorded so I'd like to hear her thoughts on it since she sings background vocals on it.

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Reply #22 posted 10/13/17 3:43pm

Mumio

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purplethunder3121 said:

I don't think he was thinking about some girl when he did this one...


Always a possibility that you are right about this.

Welcome to "the org", Mumio…they can have you, but I'll have your love in the end nod
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Reply #23 posted 10/14/17 12:24am

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I had a breakdown once,

and I felt Prince wrote the song, about me.. eek biggrin


Yeah eye no, it's crazy... wink

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Reply #24 posted 10/14/17 12:43am

CatB



P bargaining with God once more and doing penance.





"Time is space spent with U"
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Reply #25 posted 10/14/17 5:03am

sharpieheartz

It could be about God or a woman... fits for both. But seeing as it was written before 'Time' and lines from 'Breakdown' are repeated in that song, doesn't debunk the theory of it being about someone. I've wondered about this song for the longest as well.
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Reply #26 posted 10/14/17 6:55am

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thedance said:

I had a breakdown once,

and I felt Prince wrote the song, about me.. eek biggrin


Yeah eye no, it's crazy... wink



lol

Welcome to "the org", Mumio…they can have you, but I'll have your love in the end nod
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Reply #27 posted 10/14/17 8:27am

pinkcashmere23

sharpieheartz said:

It could be about God or a woman... fits for both. But seeing as it was written before 'Time' and lines from 'Breakdown' are repeated in that song, doesn't debunk the theory of it being about someone. I've wondered about this song for the longest as well. [Edited 10/14/17 5:04am]

In his last interview with Rolling Stone in 2014 the writer said Prince left the room when he played the song for him,coming back and explaining that it came from "a sensitive...nude" place."You could touch it and it would just hurt instantly."It obviously was deeply personal to him whomever it was intended.

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Reply #28 posted 10/14/17 10:07am

sharpieheartz

pinkcashmere23 said:



sharpieheartz said:


It could be about God or a woman... fits for both. But seeing as it was written before 'Time' and lines from 'Breakdown' are repeated in that song, doesn't debunk the theory of it being about someone. I've wondered about this song for the longest as well. [Edited 10/14/17 5:04am]

In his last interview with Rolling Stone in 2014 the writer said Prince left the room when he played the song for him,coming back and explaining that it came from "a sensitive...nude" place."You could touch it and it would just hurt instantly."It obviously was deeply personal to him whomever it was intended.



Yeah and we also can't 4get what Chris Allo said as well a while back.
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Reply #29 posted 10/14/17 10:25am

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ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

I love this song.

I love this Album.

My twocents

This song is not about someone but some "thing."

The Breakdown is the "illness" P was suffering from at the end of his life.

This illness is Breaking him down.

P is reminiscing about things he thought was important in life...having the biggest house with the biggest pool, and instead he wants the time back and we can keep the memories.

"Every book I read said I would met someone like you" (the illness).

There is a door where there use to be a wall.

As long as you (his Creator) catches P when he falls "it's cool"

pimp

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stop..lol

And everytime I scratch my nails down someone else's back I hope you feel it.. WELL CAN YA FEEL IT?!
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