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Thread started 12/16/20 6:20pm

delirious

What is Prince saying towards the end of Dreamer?

I cannot seem to pick up what he is saying between 4:30 and 4:50 of the song - I distinctly hear "wake up" at the beginning and then he goes on to say "wake up!" a lot after 4:50 - but he mumbles a few things in between. No lyric sites list anything but he is definitely saying something. Has anyone pulled the vocal track out to hear what he is saying? This has bugged me for a long time...thanks.

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Reply #1 posted 12/16/20 6:57pm

TrivialPursuit

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"Don't buy the Black Album. Ask Wendy & Lisa. I'm sorry."

But seriously, it's an unused portion from "Hey Hannigan" which had a few remixes on Swell Tree Lens.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #2 posted 12/16/20 7:47pm

Phase3

I always thought he was saying either "wake up wake up" or "I cant wake up"
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Reply #3 posted 12/16/20 7:54pm

Astasheiks

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He does say Wake Up Wake Up at the end but like Delirious says he is mumbling some other things between 4:30 to 4:50. Some people can really decipher lyrics like exceptional hearing! Can anybody hrere do that?

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Reply #4 posted 12/17/20 5:09am

cooldayla

Ah, that one eye open for those guys

Wake up

And it's really like

It seems a girl like you

It seems a girl like you

Must betray

WHen I wake up

wake up, wake up

I pledge allegiance to the flag

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Reply #5 posted 12/17/20 8:00pm

delirious

cooldayla said:

Ah, that one eye open for those guys

Wake up

And it's really like

It seems a girl like you

It seems a girl like you

Must betray

WHen I wake up

wake up, wake up

I pledge allegiance to the flag

Hmm - this is definitely strange if this is what he is saying...I need to figure out a way to isolate the vocal track...I know a bit obsessive but this is literally one of my all time favorite Prince songs with a lot of messages and would just love to know exactly what is said here....

[Edited 12/17/20 20:01pm]

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Reply #6 posted 12/22/20 11:02am

Astasheiks

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cooldayla said:

Ah, that one eye open for those guys

Wake up

And it's really like

It seems a girl like you

It seems a girl like you

Must betray

WHen I wake up

wake up, wake up

I pledge allegiance to the flag

hhhmmm If you are correct, I wonder what girl is he talking about? And "betray", Wow! Further like to know what he's referring to?

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Reply #7 posted 12/22/20 11:03am

Astasheiks

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delirious said:

cooldayla said:

Ah, that one eye open for those guys

Wake up

And it's really like

It seems a girl like you

It seems a girl like you

Must betray

WHen I wake up

wake up, wake up

I pledge allegiance to the flag

Hmm - this is definitely strange if this is what he is saying...I need to figure out a way to isolate the vocal track...I know a bit obsessive but this is literally one of my all time favorite Prince songs with a lot of messages and would just love to know exactly what is said here....

[Edited 12/17/20 20:01pm]

Me too! yeahthat headbang music

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Reply #8 posted 12/22/20 11:58am

nayroo2002

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Right before the last solo, he starts with, "Ahh, had one eye open for these devils..."

No joke, that is what he says.

I'm all in with this song!

"Whatever skin Ur in
we all need 2 b friends"
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Reply #9 posted 12/22/20 12:02pm

nayroo2002

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...THE PRINCE SCREAM,

then a little incoherent for a moment and then, "this ain't the real life (2x) you must be jaded (?), wake up, wake up (2x)"

Then, right before the end, "...pledge allegiance to..."

[Edited 12/22/20 12:12pm]

"Whatever skin Ur in
we all need 2 b friends"
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Reply #10 posted 12/22/20 2:47pm

1nonly

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I don't have much to add other than to say this thread is so incredibly intriguing!

Walking alone in the dark, I see nothing u see
I can be in a park, or flying in the…in the deep sea
I wish u’d hold my hand; then everything could b
There’s nothing strange, we’re not deranged
We only want everyday 2 b a Cosmic Day
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Reply #11 posted 12/25/20 4:23pm

delirious

1nonly said:

I don't have much to add other than to say this thread is so incredibly intriguing!

Thanks..the mystery continues...so now someone on YouTube says that he is saying "separtists" at 2:14 - some lyric sites say "what's up with this" but now when I listen I cannot tell. I swear every time I listen to this song I pick up something new.

So in the 4:30 - 4:50 stretch I tried again to listen closely...around 4:42 sounds like something close to "since you feel like....since you feel like" and then and then 4:46 "you must be jaded"?

Hard to be certain....this one is tough! Thanks to those who have posted - let us know if you hear anything more definitive - or maybe he mumbled something simlar in a live performance...would be interested to know...

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Reply #12 posted 12/29/20 9:49am

Astasheiks

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Dig you alls take on this.... crysball eye

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Reply #13 posted 12/31/20 4:46pm

Dandroppedadim
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It’s just nonsensical word play (like a lot of the album), trying to create a feeling of psychedelia. I find Boom the worst for wacky lyrics though! Like Hendrix but no where near as good!
[Edited 12/31/20 16:47pm]
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Reply #14 posted 12/31/20 10:01pm

delirious

Dandroppedadime said:

It’s just nonsensical word play (like a lot of the album), trying to create a feeling of psychedelia. I find Boom the worst for wacky lyrics though! Like Hendrix but no where near as good! [Edited 12/31/20 16:47pm]

Boom is weird for sure...but whetever he is saying in this space in Dreamer...whether nonsensical or not...seems to be a mystery sad

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