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Thread started 07/30/16 1:13pm

anangellooksdo
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"Breakdown" - AOA

Prince dug this song.
It's the story of a woman who is breaking down his old self, breaking down the young Prince who wanted "the house with the biggest pool" and who "woke up in places you'd never believe."
He says, that's all "behind [him] now, all because of you."
He also says there's now "a door that you can walk through where there used to be a wall."

It was a single released on April 17, 2104.

Who do you think he could've written it for?
[Edited 7/30/16 16:18pm]
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Reply #1 posted 07/30/16 1:16pm

Bunsterdk

anangellooksdown said:

Prince dug this song.
It's the story of a woman who is breaking down his old self, breaking down the young Prince who wanted "the house with the biggest pool" and who "woke up in places you'd never believe."
He says, that's all "behind [him] now, all because of you."
He also says there's now "a door that you can walk through where there used to be a wall."

It was a single released on April 17, 2104.

Who do you think he could've written it for?


There's another thread on Breakdown with some interesting takes on its meaning. Sure, it could be just another love song, but not necessarily.
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Reply #2 posted 07/30/16 1:27pm

PeteSilas

ya, after his death, i think i heard it differently, like he knew time was running out. It is a great song to me.

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Reply #3 posted 07/30/16 2:51pm

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Well, so far by looking at the org threads it seems he sang it love before its release as early as July, 2013.
Also seems the live version is even better...I wish someone would put out Montreux 2013! On DVD would be the BEST (someday).
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Reply #4 posted 07/30/16 2:54pm

ludwig

This song is NOT on HNR Phase 2.

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Reply #5 posted 07/30/16 2:55pm

jayspud

anangellooksdown said:

Prince dug this song. It's the story of a woman who is breaking down his old self, breaking down the young Prince who wanted "the house with the biggest pool" and who "woke up in places you'd never believe." He says, that's all "behind [him] now, all because of you." He also says there's now "a door that you can walk through where there used to be a wall." It was a single released on April 17, 2104. Who do you think he could've written it for?

It is a truly great song and one of my favourites from Art Official Age. The way the instrumentation seems to break down and the lyrical openess is beautiful. Just how much was simply fiction we will never know.

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Reply #6 posted 07/30/16 3:09pm

Connected

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Reads to me like a person having a reflective breakdown - looking back at their life and understanding how they have changed...

Their prorities shifted - and a bit contrite that some of their journey was wasted on chasing things of no importance

A very reflective song - and made all the more poignant since he wrote it so close to his passing

~Shakalaka!~..... ~Mayday!~
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Reply #7 posted 07/30/16 3:12pm

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MISLEADING TITLE

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Reply #8 posted 07/30/16 3:38pm

nonames

I remember reading that he re recorded the song with 3rdeyegirl, and I really want to hear that version...
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Reply #9 posted 07/30/16 3:46pm

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nonames said:

I remember reading that he re recorded the song with 3rdeyegirl, and I really want to hear that version...

Me 2!
There's Joy in repetition
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Reply #10 posted 07/30/16 4:24pm

selah

anangellooksdown said:

Well, so far by looking at the org threads it seems he sang it love before its release as early as July, 2013.
Also seems the live version is even better...I wish someone would put out Montreux 2013! On DVD would be the BEST (someday).


Oh yes please!!
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Reply #11 posted 07/30/16 4:26pm

theartistirl

selah said:

anangellooksdown said:
Well, so far by looking at the org threads it seems he sang it love before its release as early as July, 2013. Also seems the live version is even better...I wish someone would put out Montreux 2013! On DVD would be the BEST (someday).
Oh yes please!!

the live versions around Montreux and after are unbelievable.

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Reply #12 posted 07/30/16 6:57pm

anangellooksdo
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I'm Going to look for the live versions tomorrow. Tonight I've been reading other org threads about this song in between living life, and reading all your wonderfully interesting comments.
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Reply #13 posted 07/30/16 9:22pm

morningsong

anangellooksdown said:

Prince dug this song.
It's the story of a woman who is breaking down his old self, breaking down the young Prince who wanted "the house with the biggest pool" and who "woke up in places you'd never believe."
He says, that's all "behind [him] now, all because of you."
He also says there's now "a door that you can walk through where there used to be a wall."

It was a single released on April 17, 2104.

Who do you think he could've written it for?
[Edited 7/30/16 16:18pm]


:whistle2: 2104? wink
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Reply #14 posted 07/30/16 9:49pm

PeteSilas

and don't forget a song that good was on one of his last albums, is there any other artist of his caliber who could still crank out good songs? Lionel Richie hasn't had a good one in decades, Stevie is about the same. Elton John? Billy Joel? Springsteen still puts out good stuff, other than that, I personally don't know of anyone. I did love Paul simons, songs from the capeman, which he probably made when he was about the same age as Prince, that was a great, great unsung album.

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Reply #15 posted 07/31/16 7:19am

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Just watched back the Montreux 3rd night. This song had him crying for sure. Very deep on the night and spooky to watch it again. I miss you Prince.
I'm hot and I don't care who knows it...I got a job to do. cooked
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Reply #16 posted 07/31/16 7:43am

breakdown2k14

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blacksweat said:

Just watched back the Montreux 3rd night. This song had him crying for sure. Very deep on the night and spooky to watch it again. I miss you Prince.

The dvds for the 2013 shows are circulating ? How's the quality . eek
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Reply #17 posted 07/31/16 9:19am

anangellooksdo
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Are we allowed to post links to audio we find on the net?
Took me a while but I found it.

Also, I know there's a no fishing rule or something...would asking someone on the org where to get music that wasn't officially released be breaking the rules.
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Reply #18 posted 07/31/16 10:35am

Dazza

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breakdown2k14 said:

nonames said:

I remember reading that he re recorded the song with 3rdeyegirl, and I really want to hear that version...

Me 2!

Me too too

Hate the AOA production
Green virgin teenager, or filthy rich yuppy. Pussy cat pussy cat, where for out thou puppy
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Reply #19 posted 07/31/16 11:07am

anangellooksdo
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BTW, the recorded version on AOA is a million times better.
It's glorious and stunning.
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Reply #20 posted 07/31/16 1:14pm

blacksweat

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breakdown2k14 said:

blacksweat said:

Just watched back the Montreux 3rd night. This song had him crying for sure. Very deep on the night and spooky to watch it again. I miss you Prince.

The dvds for the 2013 shows are circulating ? How's the quality . eek


It's not out officially yet unfortunately. You will love it.
I'm hot and I don't care who knows it...I got a job to do. cooked
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Reply #21 posted 07/31/16 1:18pm

Bunsterdk

blacksweat said:

breakdown2k14 said:


The dvds for the 2013 shows are circulating ? How's the quality . eek


It's not out officially yet unfortunately. You will love it.


Yet? Do you have any info on a release? I have tried asking Montreux Jazz Festival, but I got a reply that wasn't really a reply to the question, just a link to videos not with Prince.

But Montreux 2013 is number one on my wish list, so I haven't given up hope.
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Reply #22 posted 07/31/16 1:37pm

blacksweat

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Bunsterdk said:

blacksweat said:



It's not out officially yet unfortunately. You will love it.


Yet? Do you have any info on a release? I have tried asking Montreux Jazz Festival, but I got a reply that wasn't really a reply to the question, just a link to videos not with Prince.

But Montreux 2013 is number one on my wish list, so I haven't given up hope.


Rights issues at the moment. It will come out though. It's breathtaking.
I'm hot and I don't care who knows it...I got a job to do. cooked
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Reply #23 posted 07/31/16 1:48pm

Bunsterdk

blacksweat said:

Bunsterdk said:



Yet? Do you have any info on a release? I have tried asking Montreux Jazz Festival, but I got a reply that wasn't really a reply to the question, just a link to videos not with Prince.

But Montreux 2013 is number one on my wish list, so I haven't given up hope.


Rights issues at the moment. It will come out though. It's breathtaking.


Uuuuuuh, you just made my day! Thank you! music
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Reply #24 posted 07/31/16 3:31pm

nonames

blacksweat said:

Bunsterdk said:



Yet? Do you have any info on a release? I have tried asking Montreux Jazz Festival, but I got a reply that wasn't really a reply to the question, just a link to videos not with Prince.

But Montreux 2013 is number one on my wish list, so I haven't given up hope.


Rights issues at the moment. It will come out though. It's breathtaking.

Are we talking official release? That would be awesome!
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Reply #25 posted 07/31/16 4:40pm

BgirlMacca

anangellooksdown said:

Are we allowed to post links to audio we find on the net? Took me a while but I found it. Also, I know there's a no fishing rule or something...would asking someone on the org where to get music that wasn't officially released be breaking the rules.

Can you post the link please?? smile

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Reply #26 posted 08/01/16 4:10am

deerpath

At first I thought this was about another person, but then someone mentioned it is about Prince's relationship with God. The breakdown is one of coming to recognize spiritual values--not material ones. That the lessons are learned through suffering--for Prince a breaking down of those egoisms that kept him from God.

That had to have been a challenge for a man who worked hard to control every aspect of his life rather than trusting God.What is enough and what is too much--he seemed to be working through. He seemed to be happier, more balanced in different ways as he matured. Genius seems to have its own demons that the rest of us don't grasp.

Maybe.

The pope is in Poland and told his followers, "

Later, the pontiff warned the youth against paralysis that can come from thinking the problems of the world are too large to confront. But then he warned against what he called an "even more dangerous" kind of paralysis: "to think that in order to be happy all we need is a good sofa."


"A sofa that makes us feel comfortable, calm, safe," the pope described. "A sofa like one of those we have nowadays with a built-in massage unit to put us to sleep. A sofa that promises us hours of comfort so we can escape to the world of video games and spend all kinds of time in front of a computer screen."



"It is very sad to pass through life without leaving a mark," Francis warned. "But when we opt for ease and convenience, for confusing happiness with consumption, then we end up paying a high price indeed: we lose our freedom."



"Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease," the pontiff continued. "Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths."



"God expects something from you," Francis told the young people. "God wants something from you. God hopes in you. God comes to break down all our fences. He comes to open the doors of our lives, our dreams, our ways of seeing things."



"God comes to break open everything that keeps you closed in," said the pope. "He is encouraging you to dream. He wants to make you see that, with you, the world can be different. For the fact is, unless you offer the best of yourselves, the world will never be different."


https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-makes-rousing-call-millennials-get-couch-and-fix-world

I thought of Prince.

"Hold on to your souls y'all. We got a long way to go. Thank you! We love y'all!"
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Reply #27 posted 08/01/16 5:58am

justAmeda

deerpath said:

At first I thought this was about another person, but then someone mentioned it is about Prince's relationship with God. The breakdown is one of coming to recognize spiritual values--not material ones. That the lessons are learned through suffering--for Prince a breaking down of those egoisms that kept him from God.

That had to have been a challenge for a man who worked hard to control every aspect of his life rather than trusting God.What is enough and what is too much--he seemed to be working through. He seemed to be happier, more balanced in different ways as he matured. Genius seems to have its own demons that the rest of us don't grasp.

Maybe.

The pope is in Poland and told his followers, "

Later, the pontiff warned the youth against paralysis that can come from thinking the problems of the world are too large to confront. But then he warned against what he called an "even more dangerous" kind of paralysis: "to think that in order to be happy all we need is a good sofa."


"A sofa that makes us feel comfortable, calm, safe," the pope described. "A sofa like one of those we have nowadays with a built-in massage unit to put us to sleep. A sofa that promises us hours of comfort so we can escape to the world of video games and spend all kinds of time in front of a computer screen."



"It is very sad to pass through life without leaving a mark," Francis warned. "But when we opt for ease and convenience, for confusing happiness with consumption, then we end up paying a high price indeed: we lose our freedom."



"Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease," the pontiff continued. "Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths."



"God expects something from you," Francis told the young people. "God wants something from you. God hopes in you. God comes to break down all our fences. He comes to open the doors of our lives, our dreams, our ways of seeing things."



"God comes to break open everything that keeps you closed in," said the pope. "He is encouraging you to dream. He wants to make you see that, with you, the world can be different. For the fact is, unless you offer the best of yourselves, the world will never be different."


https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-makes-rousing-call-millennials-get-couch-and-fix-world

I thought of Prince.

yeahthat When I hear it especially in harmony with all the other songs of that album, I do not hear it as a man talking to a woman but he's using that analogy to basically spell out his life journey thus far. on a side note, I just cannot grow to like Breakfast Cant Wait, I mean AOA is so profound and deep and then he throws that little curve ball of a song in and leaves me going WTH? REALLY P? just totally ruins the vibe when that song comes on. I just skip over it.

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Reply #28 posted 08/01/16 7:55pm

anangellooksdo
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BgirlMacca said:



anangellooksdown said:


Are we allowed to post links to audio we find on the net? Took me a while but I found it. Also, I know there's a no fishing rule or something...would asking someone on the org where to get music that wasn't officially released be breaking the rules.



Can you post the link please?? smile



I hope this isn't illegal. Mods, if it is, please let me know and I'll take it down.

Here's the live 3rdEyeG3rl version. I think I remember from listening to it the other day that image quality wasn't that great

http://junglevibe2.net/tr...egirl.html
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Reply #29 posted 08/01/16 7:56pm

anangellooksdo
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blacksweat said:

Bunsterdk said:



Yet? Do you have any info on a release? I have tried asking Montreux Jazz Festival, but I got a reply that wasn't really a reply to the question, just a link to videos not with Prince.

But Montreux 2013 is number one on my wish list, so I haven't given up hope.


Rights issues at the moment. It will come out though. It's breathtaking.


Thanks, blacksweat!
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