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Thread started 10/04/17 5:21pm

gandorb

When I Lay My Hands On You: appreciation thread

For me, one of the most under-rated Prince songs is When I Lay My Hands on You. It is not trashed, but it seems to me that it usually is considered a middle of the pack good Prince song. When I first heard the song a year or so ago, I felt like I was hearing some of his 80s songs for the first time. It sounded so different and unexpected. The trippy ecstasy of the music corresponds well with the sexual trip he wants to take the woman on in the song. It is also has that raw sound that is reminiscent of his 80s music, yet still sounds unique! I thought perhaps I might just be infatuated with the song, and it would become dull with repeated listenings. To the contrary, there is much joy in repetition!

Has anyone else had strong reactions to this song?

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Reply #1 posted 10/04/17 6:17pm

2004Fan

Oh boy, do I!! I don't particularily like the original version but the Montreux 2009 version is just awesome!!! faint love sexy thumbs up!

gandorb said:

For me, one of the most under-rated Prince songs is When I Lay My Hands on You. It is not trashed, but it seems to me that it usually is considered a middle of the pack good Prince song. When I first heard the song a year or so ago, I felt like I was hearing some of his 80s songs for the first time. It sounded so different and unexpected. The trippy ecstasy of the music corresponds well with the sexual trip he wants to take the woman on in the song. It is also has that raw sound that is reminiscent of his 80s music, yet still sounds unique! I thought perhaps I might just be infatuated with the song, and it would become dull with repeated listenings. To the contrary, there is much joy in repetition!

Has anyone else had strong reactions to this song?

I am here! Where R U?! Gotta broken heart again...
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Reply #2 posted 10/04/17 7:08pm

purplerabbitho
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Great great song. Especially the live version. Great lyrics as well.

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Reply #3 posted 10/05/17 3:23pm

nosajd

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Absolutely love this song! I was blown away when I first heard it. I love the Santana part. This song live is even better, but this recording is top notch for him imo.

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Reply #4 posted 10/05/17 3:25pm

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2004Fan said:

Oh boy, do I!! I don't particularily like the original version but the Montreux 2009 version is just awesome!!! faint love sexy thumbs up!

gandorb said:

For me, one of the most under-rated Prince songs is When I Lay My Hands on You. It is not trashed, but it seems to me that it usually is considered a middle of the pack good Prince song. When I first heard the song a year or so ago, I felt like I was hearing some of his 80s songs for the first time. It sounded so different and unexpected. The trippy ecstasy of the music corresponds well with the sexual trip he wants to take the woman on in the song. It is also has that raw sound that is reminiscent of his 80s music, yet still sounds unique! I thought perhaps I might just be infatuated with the song, and it would become dull with repeated listenings. To the contrary, there is much joy in repetition!

Has anyone else had strong reactions to this song?

I was gonna say I get chills down my spine every time I hear the Montreux 2009 version... cool

You can walk a mile in my shoes. But you can't dance a step in my feet.
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Reply #5 posted 10/05/17 3:31pm

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2004Fan said:

Oh boy, do I!! I don't particularily like the original version but the Montreux 2009 version is just awesome!!! faint love sexy thumbs up!

I was gonna say I get chills down my spine every time I hear the Montreux 2009 version... cool

Absolutely. There is something about this song that has that particular effect, even to some extent with the recorded version. Some of his other songs are great in there own way, but don't have this spellbinding and almost eerie impact. If he had a whole album like this who would need acid!

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Reply #6 posted 10/06/17 9:16am

getwild180

Great song. I remember hearing it when it first came out. It was different and almost daring. I especially loved the guitar effect, it made the song stronger. Was there ever a whole video made for it or is it really just a clip?
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Reply #7 posted 10/10/17 6:17am

Wlcm2thdwn3

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cool

How long do you wanna be loved. Is forever enough, is forever enough?
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Reply #8 posted 10/10/17 6:39am

NorthC

I love it. I first heard it live at North Sea Jazz in 2011. I hadn't been keeping track of Prince latest work, so I didn't even know the song existed. It was an instant hit for me! It's got some good old Prince lines like "only I know where the deepest part of your river flows" and a great chorus that sticks in your head unlike so many of his other slow songs that just go in one ear and out the other.
One of his best songs from the 2000s!
Don't ever lose your dreams.
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Reply #9 posted 10/11/17 5:54am

coldcoffeeandc
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When this first came out it gave me chills - feel like the npgmc releases do get passed over quite often.
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