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benjaminira

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"Future Soul Song" Show some love for this

I had my USB on shuffle (almost 7 hours of Prince) and this beautiful song tapped me on the shoulder and said "Remember me?" This is such a perfect song. Prince is going deep, and the "sha la la la la's" just giving you such a classic vibe to it. I've always loved this song since my first listen. And still, it brings me to tears. Everytime.

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Reply #1 posted 05/19/20 1:57am

Cindy

I agree - a beautiful song. Love it.

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Reply #2 posted 05/19/20 2:48am

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One of his best ballads, imo.

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Reply #3 posted 05/19/20 6:18am

vinaysfunk

This song is gorgeous. Silky smooth ballad with a powerful message. I don't think the latter part of Prince's evolution gets enough credit. He evolved as an artist who developed a world view that was inclusive and very loving. Loving of not just people but of the world itself. Yes it came out sometimes a bit contrived but I admired his attempt at trying to develop a very Funky philosophy that one could not only jam to but could really listen to and get into. Into the lyrics, into the message. It was Prince's later half of his career, maybe even his final third where he really honed in on what he wanted
to say as an elderly funky disciple and statesman.

This song embodies alot of his spirtitual side and he does it in a creamy ballad. In my humble opinion this kind of song is only really appreciated when you stop doing whatever it is your doing, close your eyes, turn up the volume and really listen to him speak and really visualize in one's mind what he is saying. It's certainly worth the effort and this song is a good trip.

Much love 4 this song!!



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Reply #4 posted 05/19/20 6:21am

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Reply #5 posted 05/19/20 7:05am

poppys

vinaysfunk said:

This song is gorgeous. Silky smooth ballad with a powerful message. I don't think the latter part of Prince's evolution gets enough credit. He evolved as an artist who developed a world view that was inclusive and very loving. Loving of not just people but of the world itself. Yes it came out sometimes a bit contrived but I admired his attempt at trying to develop a very Funky philosophy that one could not only jam to but could really listen to and get into. Into the lyrics, into the message. It was Prince's later half of his career, maybe even his final third where he really honed in on what he wanted
to say as an elderly funky disciple and statesman.

This song embodies alot of his spirtitual side and he does it in a creamy ballad. In my humble opinion this kind of song is only really appreciated when you stop doing whatever it is your doing, close your eyes, turn up the volume and really listen to him speak and really visualize in one's mind what he is saying. It's certainly worth the effort and this song is a good trip.

Much love 4 this song!!



Eloquent post! thanks for your thoughts.

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Reply #6 posted 05/19/20 7:28am

dodger

vinaysfunk said:

This song is gorgeous. Silky smooth ballad with a powerful message. I don't think the latter part of Prince's evolution gets enough credit. He evolved as an artist who developed a world view that was inclusive and very loving. Loving of not just people but of the world itself. Yes it came out sometimes a bit contrived but I admired his attempt at trying to develop a very Funky philosophy that one could not only jam to but could really listen to and get into. Into the lyrics, into the message. It was Prince's later half of his career, maybe even his final third where he really honed in on what he wanted
to say as an elderly funky disciple and statesman.

This song embodies alot of his spirtitual side and he does it in a creamy ballad. In my humble opinion this kind of song is only really appreciated when you stop doing whatever it is your doing, close your eyes, turn up the volume and really listen to him speak and really visualize in one's mind what he is saying. It's certainly worth the effort and this song is a good trip.

Much love 4 this song!!



HM Buff stated in an interview it was first recorded between 95-2000. Either way; great song and agree

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Reply #7 posted 05/19/20 7:38am

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vinaysfunk said:

This song is gorgeous. Silky smooth ballad with a powerful message. I don't think the latter part of Prince's evolution gets enough credit. He evolved as an artist who developed a world view that was inclusive and very loving. Loving of not just people but of the world itself. Yes it came out sometimes a bit contrived but I admired his attempt at trying to develop a very Funky philosophy that one could not only jam to but could really listen to and get into. Into the lyrics, into the message. It was Prince's later half of his career, maybe even his final third where he really honed in on what he wanted
to say as an elderly funky disciple and statesman.

This song embodies alot of his spirtitual side and he does it in a creamy ballad. In my humble opinion this kind of song is only really appreciated when you stop doing whatever it is your doing, close your eyes, turn up the volume and really listen to him speak and really visualize in one's mind what he is saying. It's certainly worth the effort and this song is a good trip.

Much love 4 this song!!



Emphasis on the bold sections. Couldn't agree more. There's a remarkable live version from Los Angeles that he pours his heart into that always gives me goosebumps.

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vinaysfunk said:

I don't think the latter part of Prince's evolution gets enough credit. He evolved as an artist who developed a world view that was inclusive and very loving. Loving of not just people but of the world itself.

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The song dates back to 1995-2000. The same period when he was suing fans, posting insults like "Lendy & Wisa" on his official website, etc.

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Reply #9 posted 05/19/20 7:54am

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dodger said:

HM Buff stated in an interview it was first recorded between 95-2000. Either way; great song and agree


And there was that Japanese (?) magazine interview (I think during the Rave promo in '99), where he mentions it being a new song. Lord knows when he started it though.

"That's when stars collide. When there's space for what u want, and ur heart is open wide."
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Reply #10 posted 05/19/20 7:56am

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I love this track by the way. When 20Ten leaked I was up all night playing it on repeat with Sticky Like Glue. That hadn't happened in years.

"That's when stars collide. When there's space for what u want, and ur heart is open wide."
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Reply #11 posted 05/19/20 8:02am

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BartVanHemelen said:

vinaysfunk said:

I don't think the latter part of Prince's evolution gets enough credit. He evolved as an artist who developed a world view that was inclusive and very loving. Loving of not just people but of the world itself.

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The song dates back to 1995-2000. The same period when he was suing fans, posting insults like "Lendy & Wisa" on his official website, etc.


Right, because this above all else PROVES Prince was NOT LOVING OF THE WORLD, ok? lol

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Reply #12 posted 05/19/20 8:11am

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I dig the first four track sequence on this, kind of the same as I dig the first four tracks or so of Planet Earth as a sequence. Take the first half of each album, combine in a skillet, and a little bit of salt maybe a lot of pepper, and it might make a decent cohesive album! The album covers art would need to be the hot sauce.

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Reply #13 posted 05/19/20 8:41am

dodger

BartVanHemelen said:



vinaysfunk said:


I don't think the latter part of Prince's evolution gets enough credit. He evolved as an artist who developed a world view that was inclusive and very loving. Loving of not just people but of the world itself.



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The song dates back to 1995-2000. The same period when he was suing fans, posting insults like "Lendy & Wisa" on his official website, etc.



I can imagine them being devastated by that insult.
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Reply #14 posted 05/19/20 8:42am

vinaysfunk

The orginal point of this thread is to show some love for "Future Soul Song" and I really love this side of Prince. As I stated before it's this side of him that is very under appreciated. As he got older he clearly figured out who he was and what he stood 4. This song helps cement his universal outlook. In part it's his wish and dream for others to share his vision that he describes in this soaring song.

I will even go this far and out on a limb. And I know I will get backlash for it. It's ok. For those here on this forum that throw shade on this song and can't find it in yourself to give this song some love but be negative I will say you just truly can't understand what Prince was all about. You can't possibly appreciate all of his nuances if you can't get into what he is saying here with this luscious ballad. Nope, no way. You can be a casual fan, a distant fan, etc. But if you really dig what made Prince tick you gotta give and show some love 4 this song. Just my opinion. Not fact.

And for those few who still find a way to say something negative like Fart I say get a life. You all are like opening the fridge and trying the milk only to realize it's spoiled and spit it out.

FSS is lovely.


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Reply #15 posted 05/19/20 9:11am

TheKid94

I've always dug this song especially when it was first released. The chorus is a bit cheesy but the overall arrangement is quite beautiful.
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Reply #16 posted 05/19/20 11:39am

Farfunknugin

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One of my best p memories was singing the sha la la la parts while he was holding the mic out to us at the Troubador show. Underrated song.

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Reply #17 posted 05/19/20 11:54am

antonb

Its ok , like most of the album, I found it a bit boring live. I must give it more listens

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Reply #18 posted 05/19/20 1:47pm

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Musze said:

vinaysfunk said:

This song is gorgeous. Silky smooth ballad with a powerful message. I don't think the latter part of Prince's evolution gets enough credit. He evolved as an artist who developed a world view that was inclusive and very loving. Loving of not just people but of the world itself. Yes it came out sometimes a bit contrived but I admired his attempt at trying to develop a very Funky philosophy that one could not only jam to but could really listen to and get into. Into the lyrics, into the message. It was Prince's later half of his career, maybe even his final third where he really honed in on what he wanted
to say as an elderly funky disciple and statesman.

This song embodies alot of his spirtitual side and he does it in a creamy ballad. In my humble opinion this kind of song is only really appreciated when you stop doing whatever it is your doing, close your eyes, turn up the volume and really listen to him speak and really visualize in one's mind what he is saying. It's certainly worth the effort and this song is a good trip.

Much love 4 this song!!



Emphasis on the bold sections. Couldn't agree more. There's a remarkable live version from Los Angeles that he pours his heart into that always gives me goosebumps.

I was there the night he performed Future Soul Song in L.A. and I literally got goosebumps. What a thrill it was to hear the notes of this song echoing around the old Forum...

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #19 posted 05/19/20 3:00pm

slyjackson

It's nice, the message is nothing we hadn't heard a thousand times before, so please stop acting as though his message was unique and something else, it's not.

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Reply #20 posted 05/19/20 3:49pm

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vinaysfunk said:

As he got older he clearly figured out who he was and what he stood 4.

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Again: this song dates back at least a decade before it was released. Recorded in his late 30s/early 40s. Released when he was in his early 50s. Your whole premise is based on a failure to acknowledge that fact.

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Reply #21 posted 05/19/20 3:55pm

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I had a dream last night
That I was flying for the first time
And in the dream I could pilot my flight
With the thoughts in my mind

Since there wasn't any up or down
Everybody was all around
When we sang, we all sang together
Oh, what a beautiful sound

Ooh, ooh, sha la la la la
This is the future soul song
Ooh, ooh, sha la la la la
This is the future soul song

I had a dream last night
That I was singing and the sound of my voice
Seemed to come from every mountain top
Like it had no choice

And when my voice rose, so did the sun
When the trees sang the harmony as one
Every living soul sang the most beautiful
Melody ever sung

Ooh, ooh, sha la la la la
This is the future soul song
Ooh, ooh, sha la la la la
This is the future soul song

Before the war the only words and language said
Let there be light
Those that can see it are the ones who believe it
And put up no fight

And in the absence of fear and control
Is the sound of the surrendering soul
Louder than the dogmatic persecution
I sing it like you got that right

Ooh, ooh, sha la la la la
This is the future soul song
Ooh, ooh, sha la la la la
This is the future soul song

Ooh, ooh, sha la la la la
Ooh, ooh, sha la la la la
This is the future soul song


Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Nelson Prince Rogers
Future Soul Song lyrics © Controversy Music, Npg Publishing

Open your heart open your mind
A train is leaving all day
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Reply #22 posted 05/19/20 4:10pm

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H&M Bufnstuf was there and still could only give us a five-year range to work with? I feel like it must lean later because it doesn't have that mid 90s NPG maximized sheen but by '00 he was doing that plastic NPGMC production so. I'm gonna go wiiith.... '98.

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Reply #23 posted 05/19/20 4:48pm

vinaysfunk

I don’t see why when the song was made is so important as to whether one has love for this song or not. It just makes no sense. It’s well known that Prince wrote songs and kept them in storage only to release them at later dates. It’s clear that he felt it was the right time to release Future Soul Song around 2010. Again the whole point about this thread is to show some love for this song. Or don’t. But to argue and deflect about when Prince made the song and when he released it misses the whole point about what the message is in the song in the first place.

“Those that can see it are the ones who believe it And put up no fight.”

I can clearly see what he’s trying to say and I can can clearly feel the sentiment that he is trying to convey. And “oh what a beautiful sound.”

For those that don’t feel the same way just say so and move on and don’t try to rain on others that can vibe with this jam. It’s my personal point of view that those who don’t feel it are just missing the whole point. And that is to work together and make that sound together, in harmony. Not discord.
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Reply #24 posted 05/19/20 7:54pm

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yes

A whole lot better off than the fools he left here.
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Reply #25 posted 05/20/20 12:50am

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BartVanHemelen said:

vinaysfunk said:

As he got older he clearly figured out who he was and what he stood 4.

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Again: this song dates back at least a decade before it was released. Recorded in his late 30s/early 40s. Released when he was in his early 50s. Your whole premise is based on a failure to acknowledge that fact.

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Fucking hell, have a day off.

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We don't know if he made any changes to it later. Lyrically or otherwise. Of course he had Shelby, Liv and Elisa add backing vocals but he could have also added lyrics later. And the OP may love the message in those new lyrics. We don't know. You are assuming

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Reply #26 posted 05/20/20 3:15am

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Kinda slept on this song when the album first came out, in retrospect it's a definite high point on that album. Beautiful ballad. Interesting that it dates back to the 90s, no lack of quality ballads back then.

The little musical riff or refrain or whatever you call it is quite similar (rhythmically) to the same in Diamonds & Pearls, I wonder if it grew from it or if it was held back for being too similar, or if i'm reading too much into it lol

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Reply #27 posted 05/20/20 5:35am

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Incredible song imo, one of my favorites from this album. This song is very visual for me. Every time I listen to it I invision what he's singing about.

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Reply #28 posted 05/20/20 7:44am

vinaysfunk

nosajd said:

Incredible song imo, one of my favorites from this album. This song is very visual for me. Every time I listen to it I invision what he's singing about.


Well said. I agree. Very visual. Soon I will start a thread about what that visual is. Now that would take things to a different and higher level!

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Reply #29 posted 05/20/20 10:22am

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His last truly great song.

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