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Thread started 07/02/16 7:33am

PurpleBabied

The Saddest Prince Songs

Yes I do realize there are other threads on this but I can't post in them because they're over 8 years old.

What do you think are the saddest Prince songs & why?

Another Lonely Christmas- It starts off like they're broken up but as the song goes on you realize his lover is dead on Christmas. As I said in another thread, a lot of people feel extra sad on Christmas because they have relatives or people important to them die on or around Christmas.

17 Days (piano version)- Besides his vocals and the sparse vocals, and the calendar notes and the rain, the smoking gets me. I never smoke. I only smoke when I've actively repressing emotion and want to kill myself because my lungs cannot take it. It doesn't help that someone I love died of lung cancer even though she never smoked a day in her life.

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Reply #1 posted 07/02/16 8:38am

tbag

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The Love We Make
4 The Tears In Your Eyes
Free
It's Gonna Be Lonely
~And even when I'm right, I'll be wrong...it's Automatic too.
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Reply #2 posted 07/02/16 9:42am

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tbag said:

The Love We Make 4 The Tears In Your Eyes Free It's Gonna Be Lonely


I'm not sure how these are sad songs.

"The Love We Make" is uplifting, and encouraging, detaling the harder things in life, but then giving resolution to it. It certainly doesn't have a sad message.

"4 The Tears In Your Eyes" is about Christ (although Christ never changed stone to bread, ever).

"Free" is all about appreciating life itself.

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Reply #3 posted 07/02/16 9:46am

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"Comeback" is probably, always, going to be the saddest song he ever wrote. I mean, when your baby dies at 7-days old, and you write about that, what else can be worse? Nothing. Not divorce, not a broken relationship.

I don't really count "Another Lonely Christmas" every time, because it's ficitonal. And while many Prince songs were fictional, or ambiguous, it's his true life songs that hold more weight with me overall, whether happy or sad.

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Reply #4 posted 07/02/16 10:01am

purplegirl00

Way Back Home

It's sounds to me that he is ready to give up/ be done with whatever personal struggles he is facing/has faced. He is ready to go home where his loved ones are. This is why I think he puts his baby's ultrasound heartbeat as the background beat to the song.
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Reply #5 posted 07/02/16 10:17am

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There Is Lonely

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Solo

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There´s Others Here With Us

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Papa

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Way Back Home

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Anna Stesia

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Comeback

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Another Lonely Christmas ( sure, it´s a fictional story but still a very sad and great song).

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I think there are many more sad songs but these are the ones that come to my mind first. Songs like When Doves Cry, Purple Rain,Another Lonely Christmas (another great, sad song) basically most of his break-up songs are all quite sad but in a different way.

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"




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Reply #6 posted 07/02/16 10:34am

MattyJam

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Surprised no-one has mentioned I Love U But I Don't Trust U Anymore yet.
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Reply #7 posted 07/02/16 11:22am

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TrivialPursuit said:

"Comeback" is probably, always, going to be the saddest song he ever wrote. I mean, when your baby dies at 7-days old, and you write about that, what else can be worse? Nothing. Not divorce, not a broken relationship.

I don't really count "Another Lonely Christmas" every time, because it's ficitonal. And while many Prince songs were fictional, or ambiguous, it's his true life songs that hold more weight with me overall, whether happy or sad.

Comeback without a doubt. And it is too close to home.

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Reply #8 posted 07/02/16 11:33am

PurpleBabied

TrivialPursuit said:

"Comeback" is probably, always, going to be the saddest song he ever wrote. I mean, when your baby dies at 7-days old, and you write about that, what else can be worse? Nothing. Not divorce, not a broken relationship.

I don't really count "Another Lonely Christmas" every time, because it's ficitonal. And while many Prince songs were fictional, or ambiguous, it's his true life songs that hold more weight with me overall, whether happy or sad.

That's interesting that you feel like the true life songs have more weight. Do you have a separate list in your head between fictional Prince songs and autobiographical Prince songs?

Would "Comeback" have the same resonance if we didn't know the story behind it? As we do know, it sounds like the denial stage of grief on an acoustic guitar, which is painful in its own way.

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Reply #9 posted 07/02/16 12:09pm

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PurpleBabied said:



TrivialPursuit said:


"Comeback" is probably, always, going to be the saddest song he ever wrote. I mean, when your baby dies at 7-days old, and you write about that, what else can be worse? Nothing. Not divorce, not a broken relationship.

I don't really count "Another Lonely Christmas" every time, because it's ficitonal. And while many Prince songs were fictional, or ambiguous, it's his true life songs that hold more weight with me overall, whether happy or sad.




That's interesting that you feel like the true life songs have more weight. Do you have a separate list in your head between fictional Prince songs and autobiographical Prince songs?



Would "Comeback" have the same resonance if we didn't know the story behind it? As we do know, it sounds like the denial stage of grief on an acoustic guitar, which is painful in its own way.





I didn't know the story behind Comeback & I find it incredibly sad. It's more about how it strikes you, I guess.
heart prince I never met you, but I LOVE you & I will forever!! Thank you for being YOU - my little Princey, the best to EVER do it prince heart
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Reply #10 posted 07/02/16 12:27pm

PurpleBabied

CalhounSq said:

PurpleBabied said:

That's interesting that you feel like the true life songs have more weight. Do you have a separate list in your head between fictional Prince songs and autobiographical Prince songs?

Would "Comeback" have the same resonance if we didn't know the story behind it? As we do know, it sounds like the denial stage of grief on an acoustic guitar, which is painful in its own way.

I didn't know the story behind Comeback & I find it incredibly sad. It's more about how it strikes you, I guess.

It's still very sad as a self contained song. I think it's much sadder once you know the story (kind of like "Tears in Heaven")

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Reply #11 posted 07/02/16 12:32pm

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PurpleBabied said:



CalhounSq said:


PurpleBabied said:



That's interesting that you feel like the true life songs have more weight. Do you have a separate list in your head between fictional Prince songs and autobiographical Prince songs?



Would "Comeback" have the same resonance if we didn't know the story behind it? As we do know, it sounds like the denial stage of grief on an acoustic guitar, which is painful in its own way.






I didn't know the story behind Comeback & I find it incredibly sad. It's more about how it strikes you, I guess.

It's still very sad as a self contained song. I think it's much sadder once you know the story (kind of like "Tears in Heaven")


True, especially with Tears In Heaven!
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Reply #12 posted 07/02/16 12:36pm

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Power Fantastic...something about the mealody and the way he sings makes me feel sad.

Annastasia...great song..the lyrics convay desperation, isolation and loneliness very well.

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Reply #13 posted 07/02/16 12:38pm

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Mr. Happy.

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Reply #14 posted 07/02/16 2:14pm

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sunset3121 said:



TrivialPursuit said:


"Comeback" is probably, always, going to be the saddest song he ever wrote. I mean, when your baby dies at 7-days old, and you write about that, what else can be worse? Nothing. Not divorce, not a broken relationship.

I don't really count "Another Lonely Christmas" every time, because it's ficitonal. And while many Prince songs were fictional, or ambiguous, it's his true life songs that hold more weight with me overall, whether happy or sad.



Comeback without a doubt. And it is too close to home.



I agree..."Comeback" makes my heart ache...and I share the sentiment that it is too close to home for me...then and now. "...tears go here..." sad cry
"...'IN A SENSE,' he said, 'you're alone here... so if you jump, you best jump far'..."
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Reply #15 posted 07/02/16 2:29pm

gandorb

Breakdown. Even Prince sings "this could be the saddest story ever told".

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Reply #16 posted 07/02/16 2:35pm

gandorb

Inasenselost said:

sunset3121 said:

Comeback without a doubt. And it is too close to home.

I agree..."Comeback" makes my heart ache...and I share the sentiment that it is too close to home for me...then and now. "...tears go here..." sad cry

At least he says "they'll Come Back" (implied to you)! I guess this would hold for him too!!!

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Reply #17 posted 07/02/16 2:43pm

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gandorb said:



Inasenselost said:


sunset3121 said:


Comeback without a doubt. And it is too close to home.



I agree..."Comeback" makes my heart ache...and I share the sentiment that it is too close to home for me...then and now. "...tears go here..." sad cry

At least he says "they'll Come Back" (implied to you)! I guess this would hold for him too!!!



I agree, gandorb...and though the song is still painful to hear, the words and sentiment do indeed provide comfort (not only as a testament to how he dealt with his grief, losses I experienced myself, but also with regard to Prince's spirit remaining in the hearts --- and ears ---of all who love him).
"...'IN A SENSE,' he said, 'you're alone here... so if you jump, you best jump far'..."
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Reply #18 posted 07/02/16 3:21pm

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Sometimes It Snows In April. I can still remember the first time I heard it on cassette years ago and it brought me to tears (even before I saw the film) because I was going through an emotional time in my life then.
"Just like the sun, the Rainbow Children rise."

"Am I black or white? Am I straight or gay?"

"We had fun, didn't we?"
-Prince (1958-2016) 4ever in my life
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Reply #19 posted 07/02/16 3:28pm

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PurpleBabied said:

TrivialPursuit said:

"Comeback" is probably, always, going to be the saddest song he ever wrote. I mean, when your baby dies at 7-days old, and you write about that, what else can be worse? Nothing. Not divorce, not a broken relationship.

I don't really count "Another Lonely Christmas" every time, because it's ficitonal. And while many Prince songs were fictional, or ambiguous, it's his true life songs that hold more weight with me overall, whether happy or sad.

That's interesting that you feel like the true life songs have more weight. Do you have a separate list in your head between fictional Prince songs and autobiographical Prince songs?

Would "Comeback" have the same resonance if we didn't know the story behind it? As we do know, it sounds like the denial stage of grief on an acoustic guitar, which is painful in its own way.


We're specifically talking about the saddest song, not his whole catalog.

Art reflects life, so if Prince's music told us something about this life, then yes it totally holds more weight as far as the saddest song(s). He's said that ALC was just a fictional story. I mean, it's pretty dreary in the story itself - lover dead on Christmas, etc - but a song about your dead child that really happened? Pffft, hands down the latter wins that one.

For me, I feel like Prince had about 60/40 of fictional vs. personal, so it's almost an even split if you were to divide up his songs that way. But we are talking about his saddest song. And what's sadder than a baby dying in your arms?

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Reply #20 posted 07/02/16 4:25pm

marshmullow

I find it interesting someone would pick apart another's list...like 'what do you know about sadness?' neutral
Feelings... that sums it up.
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Reply #21 posted 07/02/16 8:44pm

morningsong

June seemed pretty sad to me. Solo, haunting and sad. Condition of the Heart.
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Reply #22 posted 07/03/16 1:52am

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Empty Room - probably about an ex but could be about someone who has died. The part when he sings 'found a strand of your hair...' is really poignant.
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Reply #23 posted 07/03/16 3:45am

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Got to be wasted kisses for me.
I wanted what was yours, now I just want u 2 care
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Reply #24 posted 07/03/16 7:01am

PurpleBabied

purplegirl00 said:

Way Back Home It's sounds to me that he is ready to give up/ be done with whatever personal struggles he is facing/has faced. He is ready to go home where his loved ones are. This is why I think he puts his baby's ultrasound heartbeat as the background beat to the song.

I did notice that! I wasn't able to confirm that's an ultrasound heartbeat but it sounds very similar to one. He sounds like a sad alien getting ready to get beamed back up to the mothership in this one.

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Reply #25 posted 07/03/16 7:19am

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bigbrother said:

Empty Room - probably about an ex but could be about someone who has died. The part when he sings 'found a strand of your hair...' is really poignant.

Yes, this one for me too... I recently discovered the Live version from Zurich that I find even more poignant than the original version. Very powerful.

Open your heart open your mind
A train is leaving all day
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Reply #26 posted 07/03/16 9:41am

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PurpleBabied said:

purplegirl00 said:

Way Back Home It's sounds to me that he is ready to give up/ be done with whatever personal struggles he is facing/has faced. He is ready to go home where his loved ones are. This is why I think he puts his baby's ultrasound heartbeat as the background beat to the song.

I did notice that! I wasn't able to confirm that's an ultrasound heartbeat but it sounds very similar to one. He sounds like a sad alien getting ready to get beamed back up to the mothership in this one.

It certainly sounds like a Doppler heart sound (distinct whooshing sound). Very sad song indeed. The way his voice cracks, as if he is on the verge of tears, is heartbreaking.

Listen to me closely as the story unfolds
This could be the saddest story ever been told....
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Reply #27 posted 07/03/16 9:57am

luvgirl

"Sometimes It Snows In April". I literally have to change it if it comes on when I'm driving now...
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Reply #28 posted 07/03/16 10:20am

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"So Blue". Listening to it after he passed away really opened the floodgates.
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Reply #29 posted 07/03/16 11:46am

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Solo, Breakdown and Empty Room. Very sad, very beautiful, very powerful.

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