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Thread started 08/29/19 11:36am

Seahorsie

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Which Prince song is the most telling?

We all know that Prince talked to the world the most in his music, he was not a big chatter. What songs do you like that are so bare to the soul that you would have winced to have revealed that much in a song lyric??

I am going to start it off with the lyrics to "Dream Factory". Not going to post the lyrics, that way everyone not as familiar with it will have to take a listen to understand.

OK, next....................

hmmm

Good morning children...take a look out your window, the world is falling...
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Reply #1 posted 08/29/19 1:31pm

rdhull

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Schindler's List

c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #2 posted 08/29/19 2:01pm

Missmusicluver
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Wow, that's like a needle in a haystack for me to pick because he has SO many songs that I find telling.

[Edited 8/29/19 14:21pm]

Love is God, God is love, girls and boys love God above~
The only Love there is, is the Love We Make~
Prince4Ever
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Reply #3 posted 08/29/19 2:07pm

42Kristen

Purpla Rain, When Doves Cry, I would Die 4 U, Baby I am A Star.

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Reply #4 posted 08/29/19 2:22pm

gandorb

Wally expressed a vulnerability that is not always evident in his music.

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Reply #5 posted 08/29/19 3:11pm

kingricefan

Papa

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Reply #6 posted 08/29/19 3:27pm

klick2me

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Too many to list:
*Man O War
*Eye Love U, But Eye Don't Trust U Anymore
*Love
*Comeback
*Don't Play Me


Too many...
klick
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Reply #7 posted 08/29/19 4:29pm

RJP1205

Breakdown & Way Back Home
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Reply #8 posted 08/30/19 4:56am

bsprout

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Papa


Oh yes, this one is wince-inducing. What a visceral song.
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Reply #9 posted 08/30/19 6:59am

violetcrush

Most of his songs were "telling" in terms of understanding the subject of the song if you know how to interpret his word play, which many didn't/don't -

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ex: Sacrifice Of Victor - "when I reach my destination my name will be Victor"...most, even the press, thought Prince was saying he wanted his actual name to be Victor, because this came out duirng the time when he had just changed his name. However, he meant that he will become "victorious" or a "victor" (noun) when he finally finds true happiness -

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"Lord I might get tired,
But I, I've got 2 keep on (we sacrifice)
Walkin' down this road, (we sacrifice)
Keep on walkin' down this road (joy around the corner)
When I reach my destination (we sacrifice)
My name will be victor"

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He literally had to make the correction on stage saying, "My name isn't Prince and it sure as hell ain't Victor."

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To whom the song was directed (specific person or group) or who inspired the song was/is the more mysterious part unless Prince publicly stated it.

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Reply #10 posted 08/30/19 8:00am

PeggyO

"Anastesia" and "When I Lay My Hands On You" feel intimate to me.

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Reply #11 posted 08/31/19 6:29am

funksterr

Purple Rain.

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Reply #12 posted 08/31/19 6:47am

Mumio

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RJP1205 said:

Breakdown & Way Back Home



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Welcome to "the org", Mumio…they can have you, but I'll have your love in the end nod
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Reply #13 posted 08/31/19 2:26pm

herb4

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Way Back Home

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Reply #14 posted 08/31/19 2:35pm

icecreamcastle
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funksterr said:

Purple Rain.

Yeaaaaas! I was just gonna say that.

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Reply #15 posted 09/01/19 7:27pm

RobotFix

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"White Mansion"

"When Doves Cry"

"Face Down"

"PFUnk"

"No More Candy 4 U"

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Reply #16 posted 09/01/19 11:03pm

Mikado

I never really thought Prince did confessionals - at least not in an accessible way like other artists. You have to dig a good bit to get those feelings from his songs, which are mostly in the back end of his discography and not in his hit making days. There was always a sort of vagueness that obfuscated whatever he tried to deliver.

A certain kind of mellow.
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Reply #17 posted 09/02/19 7:25am

PeggyO

Mikado said:

I never really thought Prince did confessionals - at least not in an accessible way like other artists. You have to dig a good bit to get those feelings from his songs, which are mostly in the back end of his discography and not in his hit making days. There was always a sort of vagueness that obfuscated whatever he tried to deliver.

I agree...to me it felt like panning for gold...lots of digging and sifting but I can't help it.

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Reply #18 posted 09/02/19 11:38am

mattmcbr

"Comeback"

I always thought that theory from years ago about the SOTT/Lovesexy era and "dog boy" was super interesting...can't remember all the details, but I'm sure it's buried here somewhere.

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Reply #19 posted 09/02/19 7:54pm

violetcrush

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"Comeback"



I always thought that theory from years ago about the SOTT/Lovesexy era and "dog boy" was super interesting...can't remember all the details, but I'm sure it's buried here somewhere.


Comeback was written about his Som. Mayte stated he/they thought he would come back somehow.
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Reply #20 posted 09/02/19 9:13pm

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Call My Name

I feel this song is about him meeting someone who treats him like a regular person instead of a celebrity. And it's been a long time that someone saw him that way that it wasn't familiar to him anymore. Especially not after years of people in his life that only wanted something from him.

Now he's able to just be himself.
[Edited 9/2/19 21:14pm]
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Reply #21 posted 09/03/19 12:57pm

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wildgoldenhoney said:

Call My Name I feel this song is about him meeting someone who treats him like a regular person instead of a celebrity. And it's been a long time that someone saw him that way that it wasn't familiar to him anymore. Especially not after years of people in his life that only wanted something from him. Now he's able to just be himself. [Edited 9/2/19 21:14pm]


100% this.

The pro-shot footage of this from the Piano & A Microphone gala makes this blindingly obvious. He gets emotional and starts shaking his head from side to side during it. He missed her sad

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Reply #22 posted 09/03/19 8:00pm

benni

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Way Back Home; Anna Stesia; Curious Child; The Holy River; Another Lonely Christmas

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Reply #23 posted 09/04/19 1:13am

wildgoldenhone
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Militant said:



wildgoldenhoney said:


Call My Name I feel this song is about him meeting someone who treats him like a regular person instead of a celebrity. And it's been a long time that someone saw him that way that it wasn't familiar to him anymore. Especially not after years of people in his life that only wanted something from him. Now he's able to just be himself. [Edited 9/2/19 21:14pm]



100% this.



The pro-shot footage of this from the Piano & A Microphone gala makes this blindingly obvious. He gets emotional and starts shaking his head from side to side during it. He missed her sad



Thank you for that bit of info!
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Reply #24 posted 09/04/19 4:20am

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Militant said:

wildgoldenhoney said:

Call My Name I feel this song is about him meeting someone who treats him like a regular person instead of a celebrity. And it's been a long time that someone saw him that way that it wasn't familiar to him anymore. Especially not after years of people in his life that only wanted something from him. Now he's able to just be himself. [Edited 9/2/19 21:14pm]


100% this.

The pro-shot footage of this from the Piano & A Microphone gala makes this blindingly obvious. He gets emotional and starts shaking his head from side to side during it. He missed her sad


Regarding Call My Name, he once said this:


And does he want order, too? ‘Yes. I believe in order. What am I feeling now? Have I got peace? Yes. I’ve never felt this peaceful before. Can I be more peaceful? Maybe not. But I can make a song for this peaceful place? Yes sir. Call My Name [a sweet ballad from the new album] – that’s a song about peace.’ He leans forward on the sofa and half-talks, half-croons the lyrics. ‘I can’t stop writing songs about you, I love you so much. You see, you’re trying to speak the truth in a song like that.’

It sounds, I say, like a love song to your wife Manuela. He smiles. ‘Is it about love, or is it about the Creator? It could be both. I don’t like to talk about my songs. Let people make up their own minds. I can’t stop telling people about you…’ He sings it softly. ‘You see how lovely that is?’

So, I say, you are no longer a hedonist? He arches an eyebrow and smiles. ‘Hedonist? For years, I didn’t even know what the word meant.’ And now you’re satiated?

‘Satiated…’ He lingers on it. ‘That’s a lovely word. I was satiated a long time ago.’

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Reply #25 posted 09/04/19 7:48am

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I Love U But I Don't Trust U Anymore

It sounded like it was a final goodbye or an acceptance that his wishing for a future with Denise was over. He moved on with his hopes and dreams.
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Reply #26 posted 09/04/19 10:54am

Militant

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wildgoldenhoney said:

I Love U But I Don't Trust U Anymore It sounded like it was a final goodbye or an acceptance that his wishing for a future with Denise was over. He moved on with his hopes and dreams.




You mean Mayte.

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Reply #27 posted 09/04/19 11:43am

TheTruth123

Militant said:



wildgoldenhoney said:


Call My Name I feel this song is about him meeting someone who treats him like a regular person instead of a celebrity. And it's been a long time that someone saw him that way that it wasn't familiar to him anymore. Especially not after years of people in his life that only wanted something from him. Now he's able to just be himself. [Edited 9/2/19 21:14pm]



100% this.



The pro-shot footage of this from the Piano & A Microphone gala makes this blindingly obvious. He gets emotional and starts shaking his head from side to side during it. He missed her sad



Missed Manuela, for whom he wrote it? I dooooon’t thiiink so.
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Reply #28 posted 09/04/19 11:46am

TheTruth123

“But it let me know that my name had never really been spoken before
Before the day I carried you through the Bridle Path door”

Remember, Prince and Manuela lived on a street called The Bridle Path in Toronto.
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Reply #29 posted 09/04/19 1:26pm

PeggyO

TheTruth123 said:

Militant said:


100% this.

The pro-shot footage of this from the Piano & A Microphone gala makes this blindingly obvious. He gets emotional and starts shaking his head from side to side during it. He missed her sad

Missed Manuela, for whom he wrote it? I dooooon’t thiiink so.

Perhaps he felt these lyrics pertained to a more current love interest.

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