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Reply #30 posted 03/02/19 3:27pm

jdcxc

Love this quirky little gem. I also thought Da Bourgeoisie would’ve worked on this album.
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Reply #31 posted 03/02/19 3:59pm

pinkcashmere23

jdcxc said:

Love this quirky little gem. I also thought Da Bourgeoisie would’ve worked on this album.

Yeah I think so too. It would have been better than a few of the others on there imo.

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Reply #32 posted 03/02/19 4:43pm

42Kristen

eek

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Reply #33 posted 03/02/19 5:56pm

Strive

ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

I can't hear "bleach blonde is the place" in the song.


The voice is so distorted that there's a real good chance I'm wrong. lol One for the "what lyric did you mishear" thread
[Edited 3/2/19 17:57pm]
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Reply #34 posted 03/02/19 7:03pm

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jdcxc said:

Love this quirky little gem. I also thought Da Bourgeoisie would’ve worked on this album.



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Reply #35 posted 03/02/19 8:27pm

ISaidLifeIsJus
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Strive said:

ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:
I can't hear "bleach blonde is the place" in the song.
The voice is so distorted that there's a real good chance I'm wrong. lol One for the "what lyric did you mishear" thread



lol

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Reply #36 posted 03/04/19 9:22pm

ISaidLifeIsJus
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Too busy with the jugular and how it taste
To remember what she saw in the X's face





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Reply #37 posted 03/05/19 4:37am

RODSERLING

Was it a pun on X Files ? Lol
The tv revival was announced officially on march 2015
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Reply #38 posted 03/05/19 12:20pm

dodger

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LIBRA said:


Took a while to warm up to it but love it now. Wonder who he is talking about?



I couldn't say. But Better With Time was written for Kristin Scott Thomas (UTCM), so she's safe.



lol
I wondered if it was about Mayte after she went on Hollywood Exes.
Can't imagine him liking that
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Reply #39 posted 03/05/19 2:08pm

violetcrush

dodger said:

iZsaZsa said:

I couldn't say. But Better With Time was written for Kristin Scott Thomas (UTCM), so she's safe.

lol I wondered if it was about Mayte after she went on Hollywood Exes. Can't imagine him liking that

That is my thought. She did H Exes in 2013/14 right? The lyrics "It was a heartbreak and so many tears, How she gonna make it out here on her own" seem to fit that situation - her heartbreak, because he wanted the divorce, and she moved to NYC by herself and was on her own for the first time. Also the lyric "if it wasn't for me you'd be a 'who' " fits as well. It's unlikely she would have been well known without him.

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Reply #40 posted 03/05/19 2:11pm

violetcrush

iZsaZsa said:

LIBRA said:

Took a while to warm up to it but love it now. Wonder who he is talking about?

I couldn't say. But Better With Time was written for Kristin Scott Thomas (UTCM), so she's safe.

He never dated Kristin Scott Thomas though, so she wouldn't be a choice for X's Face.

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Reply #41 posted 03/05/19 2:33pm

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"if it wasn't for me you'd be a 'who' "


I don't believe P sings this line in the song?

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Reply #42 posted 03/05/19 4:55pm

violetcrush

ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

"if it wasn't for me you'd be a 'who' "


I don't believe P sings this line in the song?

Just checked the lyrics - that line is not in X's Face. Hmmm, I know it's in one of his songs.

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Reply #43 posted 03/05/19 4:59pm

pinkcashmere23

violetcrush said:

ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

"if it wasn't for me you'd be a 'who' "


I don't believe P sings this line in the song?

Just checked the lyrics - that line is not in X's Face. Hmmm, I know it's in one of his songs.

It's in 'Ain't Gonna Miss U" smile

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Reply #44 posted 03/06/19 4:37am

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dodger said:

iZsaZsa said:

I couldn't say. But Better With Time was written for Kristin Scott Thomas (UTCM), so she's safe.

lol I wondered if it was about Mayte after she went on Hollywood Exes. Can't imagine him liking that

I think it's not Mayte. Mayte is beige.

What?
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Reply #45 posted 03/06/19 6:49am

violetcrush

pinkcashmere23 said:

violetcrush said:

Just checked the lyrics - that line is not in X's Face. Hmmm, I know it's in one of his songs.

It's in 'Ain't Gonna Miss U" smile

Thanks Pink! Hmmm, I guess X's face could have been about Susannah?? They were sort of feuding at the time the song was written, and she had contributed to Alan Light's book which had just been published. Although, the whole "how's she gonna make it out here on her own" wouldn't really apply to her.

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Who knows - he had so many X's!!

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Reply #46 posted 03/06/19 8:32am

pinkcashmere23

violetcrush said:

pinkcashmere23 said:

It's in 'Ain't Gonna Miss U" smile

Thanks Pink! Hmmm, I guess X's face could have been about Susannah?? They were sort of feuding at the time the song was written, and she had contributed to Alan Light's book which had just been published. Although, the whole "how's she gonna make it out here on her own" wouldn't really apply to her.

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Who knows - he had so many X's!!

Welcome! The lyrics in that one weren't so kind either.X's Face could have possibly been aimed at her since he did seem angry with her at the time. Mayte too because of the reality show. I think he was kind of mean toward the end with the monkey sounds and telling her to get back in her cage,though I do find it funny. Hard to tell who he was directing it towards since as you said he had numerous exes lol. I do like the song. It's rather quirky with the slowed down voice and I love the weird synth bass line.

[Edited 3/6/19 9:34am]

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Reply #47 posted 03/07/19 3:30pm

violetcrush

pinkcashmere23 said:

violetcrush said:

Thanks Pink! Hmmm, I guess X's face could have been about Susannah?? They were sort of feuding at the time the song was written, and she had contributed to Alan Light's book which had just been published. Although, the whole "how's she gonna make it out here on her own" wouldn't really apply to her.

*

Who knows - he had so many X's!!

Welcome! The lyrics in that one weren't so kind either.X's Face could have possibly been aimed at her since he did seem angry with her at the time. Mayte too because of the reality show. I think he was kind of mean toward the end with the monkey sounds and telling her to get back in her cage,though I do find it funny. Hard to tell who he was directing it towards since as you said he had numerous exes lol. I do like the song. It's rather quirky with the slowed down voice and I love the weird synth bass line.

[Edited 3/6/19 9:34am]

I was just thinking about that "go and take that banana then get back in your cage" lyric...yikes!. Now I really want to know who he was singing about!! eek

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Reply #48 posted 03/07/19 3:38pm

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ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

Too busy with the jugular and how it taste
To remember what she saw in the X's face





Love love love this song. But I always thought he was saying "Exit Space" And yeah, I crank up the volue on it too!

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Reply #49 posted 03/07/19 3:53pm

pinkcashmere23

LadyLayla said:

ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

Too busy with the jugular and how it taste
To remember what she saw in the X's face





Love love love this song. But I always thought he was saying "Exit Space" And yeah, I crank up the volue on it too!

Dr. Funkenberry tweeted that the song was possibly titled 'Excess Space' when Prince gave a sneak listen to it at PP before it's release so there seemed to be some confusion about the title at first lol.

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Reply #50 posted 03/09/19 2:19am

gripper28

TheEnglishGent said:

Love the track. I sped up the slow voice one time. Still couldn't work out the first part but the last bit says, "edit and play".

I always thought it sounded like

"at least I never complained" which I think fits the song better considering it is a break-up track

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Reply #51 posted 03/09/19 2:24am

gripper28

violetcrush said:

pinkcashmere23 said:

Welcome! The lyrics in that one weren't so kind either.X's Face could have possibly been aimed at her since he did seem angry with her at the time. Mayte too because of the reality show. I think he was kind of mean toward the end with the monkey sounds and telling her to get back in her cage,though I do find it funny. Hard to tell who he was directing it towards since as you said he had numerous exes lol. I do like the song. It's rather quirky with the slowed down voice and I love the weird synth bass line.

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I was just thinking about that "go and take that banana then get back in your cage" lyric...yikes!. Now I really want to know who he was singing about!! eek

Sadly I think he's talking about Andy Allo. They seemed a happy couple and it ended abruptly imo. Andy cutting her afro off around the time is symbolic of break-up too. Maybe she was the person having an affair.

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Reply #52 posted 03/09/19 6:21am

violetcrush

gripper28 said:

violetcrush said:

I was just thinking about that "go and take that banana then get back in your cage" lyric...yikes!. Now I really want to know who he was singing about!! eek

Sadly I think he's talking about Andy Allo. They seemed a happy couple and it ended abruptly imo. Andy cutting her afro off around the time is symbolic of break-up too. Maybe she was the person having an affair.

Don't know if that really fits though. His lyric "black don't crack...beige don't age" wouldn't make any sense then. I think he's referring to a woman from his past - a more serious relationship.

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Reply #53 posted 03/09/19 1:53pm

pinkcashmere23

violetcrush said:

gripper28 said:

Sadly I think he's talking about Andy Allo. They seemed a happy couple and it ended abruptly imo. Andy cutting her afro off around the time is symbolic of break-up too. Maybe she was the person having an affair.

Don't know if that really fits though. His lyric "black don't crack...beige don't age" wouldn't make any sense then. I think he's referring to a woman from his past - a more serious relationship.

I thought he was talking about himself there kind of complimenting himself a bit with the 'black don't crack,beige don't age' line lol. The couple that do The Mountains and The Sea podcast said that it was said to be about her but I had never heard that anywhere. Whoever it was written about,he seemed to be pretty angry with at the time. Andy cut her fro after he passed not after the perceived breakup. She still had it then.

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Reply #54 posted 03/09/19 3:14pm

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LOVE. Love the album too
We're gonna need a bigger boat
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Reply #55 posted 03/09/19 3:25pm

violetcrush

pinkcashmere23 said:



violetcrush said:




gripper28 said:




Sadly I think he's talking about Andy Allo. They seemed a happy couple and it ended abruptly imo. Andy cutting her afro off around the time is symbolic of break-up too. Maybe she was the person having an affair.




Don't know if that really fits though. His lyric "black don't crack...beige don't age" wouldn't make any sense then. I think he's referring to a woman from his past - a more serious relationship.



I thought he was talking about himself there kind of complimenting himself a bit with the 'black don't crack,beige don't age' line lol. The couple that do The Mountains and The Sea podcast said that it was said to be about her but I had never heard that anywhere. Whoever it was written about,he seemed to be pretty angry with at the time. Andy cut her fro after he passed not after the perceived breakup. She still had it then.


Yes, I figured with that lyric he was referring to himself - as in "I'll always look better/younger than you smile Like a dig to the woman, which would mean the subject was most likely white if that is what he meant.
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Reply #56 posted 03/09/19 5:48pm

pinkcashmere23

violetcrush said:

pinkcashmere23 said:

I thought he was talking about himself there kind of complimenting himself a bit with the 'black don't crack,beige don't age' line lol. The couple that do The Mountains and The Sea podcast said that it was said to be about her but I had never heard that anywhere. Whoever it was written about,he seemed to be pretty angry with at the time. Andy cut her fro after he passed not after the perceived breakup. She still had it then.

Yes, I figured with that lyric he was referring to himself - as in "I'll always look better/younger than you smile Like a dig to the woman, which would mean the subject was most likely white if that is what he meant.

Yep that's how I took it as well.

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Reply #57 posted 03/10/19 12:19am

C0RAZ0N

confused He's not calling her the gorilla but her Ex-Man because P made her forget about him. eek
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Reply #58 posted 03/10/19 10:48am

violetcrush

C0RAZ0N said:

confused He's not calling her the gorilla but her Ex-Man because P made her forget about him. eek [Edited 3/10/19 0:20am]

Hmmm....I guess that is possible. He was a master at word play and switching roles around in his songs, so it's still unclear to me.

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