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Thread started 05/18/16 6:16pm

switters

Way Back Home - his last greatest song?

Hi all. I haven't posted here since his death. It broke my heart like all of you. For 30 steady years he and his albums have been my joy, my escape, my healing, my excitement, my friend, my memories.

I'm sure it's been said - but I am so grateful that Prince released "Way Back Home" and "Affirmation III" before he passed. To me, they are among his most beautiful songs, and so strangely fitting lyrically...and it brings me a bit of comfort, I feel as if he transitioned to the next world as his lyrics described it in those songs.

That's all for now. Peace.

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Reply #1 posted 05/18/16 6:17pm

soladeo1

Agreed! Great song!

When I heard it I cried.
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Reply #2 posted 05/18/16 6:17pm

suomynona

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Pretty sure it was Mountains.

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Reply #3 posted 05/18/16 6:36pm

jjam

The last stunning Prince track. It sounded like Prince opening up in song for the first time in ages. I really hoped for an album of material like this. I just wish there was a version without the spoken intro...

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Reply #4 posted 05/18/16 6:37pm

Xarina

It's a great song.

I'm pretty sure I saw someone mention this before but I can't find it now...doesn't it sound like a heartbeat mixed in?

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Reply #5 posted 05/18/16 6:45pm

cardinal

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definitely in my top five prince songs.

still can't listen to it sad
"If u love somebody, your life won't be in vain
And there's always a rainbow, at the end of every rain."--peace and love, dear prince.....
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Reply #6 posted 05/18/16 7:03pm

Grog

I agree. I know people who don't like Prince but they like that song. He comes across as vulnerable, sincere, introspective and mature. The song works on several levels, especially for those of us who have followed him forever.

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Reply #7 posted 05/18/16 7:16pm

donnyenglish

Time, Black Muse, Stare, Clouds, etc. He was still making great music until the end.
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Reply #8 posted 05/18/16 7:20pm

BobGeorge909

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suomynona said:

Pretty sure it was Mountains.


Wow!...crazy...how did u access this forum that isn't listed? What's going on there?
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Reply #9 posted 05/18/16 7:21pm

ivey0126

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suomynona said:

Pretty sure it was Mountains.

yeahthat falloff lol

are you in agreeance with Cloreen?

How beautiful do the words have 2 be
Before they conquer every heart?
How will U know if I'm even in the right key
If U make me stop before I start?
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Reply #10 posted 05/18/16 7:26pm

jjam

Grog said:

I agree. I know people who don't like Prince but they like that song.

Same here.

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Reply #11 posted 05/18/16 7:26pm

bobgeorge77

I love this song...but I think Revelation was amazing!! so beautiful ... both songs r a bit heart-breaking right now...but i see this as his last released masterpiece!

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Reply #12 posted 05/18/16 7:30pm

Cloreen

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suomynona said:

Pretty sure it was Mountains.

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Yeah, got to go with "Mountains" on this one.

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Reply #13 posted 05/18/16 7:32pm

KingSausage

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Cloreen said:



suomynona said:


Pretty sure it was Mountains.



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Yeah, got to go with "Mountains" on this one.




lol
"Drop that stereo before I blow your Goddamn nuts off, asshole!"
-Eugene Tackleberry
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Reply #14 posted 05/18/16 10:17pm

PeteSilas

Xarina said:

It's a great song.

I'm pretty sure I saw someone mention this before but I can't find it now...doesn't it sound like a heartbeat mixed in?

I read on hear that it was his baby's heartbeat but I never saw anything factual about that. It does sound like it and it's enough to make you lose it when you hear it kicking in especially on affeirmation 3.

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Reply #15 posted 05/18/16 10:21pm

PeteSilas

jjam said:

The last stunning Prince track. It sounded like Prince opening up in song for the first time in ages. I really hoped for an album of material like this. I just wish there was a version without the spoken intro...

I wondered as other people did on here if prince had been experimenting with dmt. they say the third eye is experienced at death and that something called "machine elves" try to guide you through the death process by saying "do not give in to astonishment" I figured the lady's voice was a guide. and the way prince doesn't respond in the 3rd affirmation is foreboding and awesome to me. It's like a very potent melody line with no melody, it's crushing, especially now. I can only hope some sheetmusic comes out on the album, I'll cover this one along with Johnny Cash's Hurt and Sam Cooke's Change is Gonna Come, both songs from the next world made shortly before their deaths.

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Reply #16 posted 05/18/16 10:26pm

epronk

"Way Back Home" was the first song that came to mind when he passed and was stuck in my head the whole day. sad

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Reply #17 posted 05/18/16 10:33pm

theartistirl

epronk said:

"Way Back Home" was the first song that came to mind when he passed and was stuck in my head the whole day. sad


Same here, I posted the lyrics on my Facebook when I heard, I couldn't find any words but had to post something.
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Reply #18 posted 05/18/16 10:35pm

suomynona

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ivey0126 said:

suomynona said:

Pretty sure it was Mountains.

yeahthat falloff lol

are you in agreeance with Cloreen?


No.

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Reply #19 posted 05/18/16 11:01pm

thanks2joniand
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donnyenglish said:

Time, Black Muse, Stare, Clouds, etc. He was still making great music until the end.



This a million fucking times!!!!!
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Reply #20 posted 05/19/16 12:02am

bashraka

"Revelations", "Black Muse", "Look At Me, Look At You" from Hit & Run Phase Two are 3 great songs with excellent arrangements and musicianships. The songwriting, especially on "Black Muse" is very nuanced and touch on Black history, Black pride and spirituality without being overbearing.

3121 #1 THIS YEAR
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Reply #21 posted 05/19/16 12:32am

jazzz

Since his passing, Way Back Home and Affirmation III are the songs I listen to the most, with Time in between. Just play them whenever I feel bad about his passing. It is comforting...

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Reply #22 posted 05/19/16 12:37am

Rimshottbob

I believe it was Sex In The Summer from Emancipation that featured his son's heartbeat as a rhythm track...

it's possible he reused it for Way Back Home, though it seems unlikely. This is the first I've heard of that...

most likely it's a sequencer programmed to sound reminiscent of a heartbeat.

PeteSilas said:

Xarina said:

It's a great song.

I'm pretty sure I saw someone mention this before but I can't find it now...doesn't it sound like a heartbeat mixed in?

I read on hear that it was his baby's heartbeat but I never saw anything factual about that. It does sound like it and it's enough to make you lose it when you hear it kicking in especially on affeirmation 3.

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Reply #23 posted 05/19/16 12:38am

FragileUnderto
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suomynona said:

Pretty sure it was Mountains.


falloff
Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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Reply #24 posted 05/19/16 1:43am

NorthC

Yes, Way Back Home is the one I listened the most since the tragic news.
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Reply #25 posted 05/19/16 1:50am

vladimir

FunknRoll (AOA version) is one of my favourite Prince songs, full stop. AOA was a great album.

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Reply #26 posted 05/19/16 1:50am

bonatoc

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I stand firm on my belief that the basis sample
is Boy Gregory's heartbeat.

He used it on "Sex In The Summer", why not here?
Where it makes Way more sense.


Zealots and aficionados take a wrong take on "3121" and "AOA".
These are albums that, in sound and structure, are intended to be pristine.
Like "Thriller", and "D&P", and "The Gold Experience".

I never heard any unintentional distorsion on the last chorus of "The Breakdown".
Prince obviously mixed the whole album, even if he let Joshua choose some sounds.
This distorsion IS intentional, the guy is breaking down, get it? biggrin
For a proper listen of "AOA", tune the EQ to your likings, that's all.
There's some serious guitar going on all over.
And the drum patterns are so simple, they just make you nod. It's a positivity album.

"AOA" is a very good pop concept album for kids, that's all.
Got a teen in the house? That's the album that will make him/her love 1979 "Prince".
And then hopefully s/he's going to find all the current musical production crap,
but that's another problem.

"Way Back Home" cannot be listened separately.
It's about when it's dropping during the album, it's when "Affirmation III" starts, the whole Girl's speech and its lunacies (or rather Skipper's idosyncracies) and fuck your own playlists, I LOVE that he kicks Daft Punk's asses with the FunknRoll remix.
That's the whole concept of "AOA".
The challenge and joy of playing voices, bass and guitars
over the restricted sonic vocabulary of the 00's :
autotune, big stadium synth stabs, this kind of shit.


If that was Prince's intent, then it is, as often, to be considered a little masterpiece in his own league. like "Chaos and Disorder".

"AOA" is about staying alive over EDM ("that was kinda dead" anyway, from the start).
It's about kicking the empty beats ("Time") and artificial sounds that surround us.



The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #27 posted 05/19/16 2:01am

MIRvmn

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Way back home it's definitely one of the best songs on AOA
We are living in Orwell's 1984
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Reply #28 posted 05/19/16 4:12am

mk456

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KingSausage said:

Cloreen said:

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Yeah, got to go with "Mountains" on this one.

lol

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God Bless Prince
(I've been on prince.org on and off since 1998. This is my 3rd or 4th username as I forgot passwords. Previous usernames were mgck01, sledgemcpeak. Peace to all here)
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Reply #29 posted 05/19/16 4:20am

coffeebreak

Way Back Home became an instant favourite when I first heard it. It feels so close to me it almost hurt. It's the first song I thought of when I heard the news. It took me a few days to actually listen to it, but now I go to it often... For some reason it consoles me. Love it.

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