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Thread started 01/07/21 8:28pm

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Old Lyrics as New Songs

Prince is amazing at taking fragments of older lyrics and making entire new songs out of them. A couple that have connected for me recently:

"tame your little red love machine..."

"I will buy you diamonds and pearls / only if you're good girl"

Are there other connections that jump out at you?

I wonder to what extent he consciously took these lyrics or if they just happened to be the same and he later realized the connection.

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Reply #1 posted 01/08/21 9:08am

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"Tell 'em you're going to The Crystal Ball"
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Reply #2 posted 01/08/21 1:32pm

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The phrase "...it´s just around the corner..." is used in Still Would Stand All Time and in The Sacrifice of Victor.

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The Dance Electric is mentioned during one of the Purple Rain show´s intermissions.

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The number 17 is mentioned in Mountains and Partyman, and of course in 17 Days.

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The lyric about swimming in the pool of his girlfriend´s father is part of the lyrics to Another Lonely Christmas and the ad-libbed lyrics of a Purple Rain rehearsal, also known as Gotta Shake This Feeling.

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Taxis as a safe place or a vehicle that take you to a safe place are mentioned in Lady Cab Driver, Annie Christian, Joint 2 Joint and at least one more song that I can´t remember off the top of my head.

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Obviously, the color purple is mentioned in many of his songs, from the late 70s to the mid 2000s.

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And his hair deserves an honorable mention, too. It´s mentioned in several songs.

[Edited 1/8/21 13:34pm]

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"
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Reply #3 posted 01/08/21 1:37pm

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Wow, those are all great ones I'd missed. Also notable is that "purple" as a keyword in the 80s and "gold" in the 90s later figure in the fight song "Purple and Gold."

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Reply #4 posted 01/08/21 4:17pm

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KoolEaze said:

The Dance Electric is mentioned during one of the Purple Rain show´s intermissions.

The Dance Electric is also mentioned in the Volcal version of God
Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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FragileUndertow said:

KoolEaze said:
The Dance Electric is mentioned during one of the Purple Rain show´s intermissions.
The Dance Electric is also mentioned in the Volcal version of God

Oh, yes, you´re right, that´s what I actually wanted to list as an example but for some reason my brain got the song God (vocal) performance in Syracuse and the intermission mixed up.

Thanks for pointing that out.

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"
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Reply #6 posted 01/09/21 4:39pm

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KoolEaze said:

The phrase "...it´s just around the corner..." is used in Still Would Stand All Time and in The Sacrifice of Victor.

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The Dance Electric is mentioned during one of the Purple Rain show´s intermissions.

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The number 17 is mentioned in Mountains and Partyman, and of course in 17 Days.

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[Edited 1/8/21 13:34pm]

17 is also mentioned in "Tamborine".

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Reply #7 posted 01/10/21 1:52pm

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One big one is "Wall Of Berlin". It was first mentioned at the very end of the song 3121 and then was its own song on LotusFlow3r.

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Reply #8 posted 01/13/21 4:50pm

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KoolEaze said:



FragileUndertow said:


KoolEaze said:
The Dance Electric is mentioned during one of the Purple Rain show´s intermissions.

The Dance Electric is also mentioned in the Volcal version of God

Oh, yes, you´re right, that´s what I actually wanted to list as an example but for some reason my brain got the song God (vocal) performance in Syracuse and the intermission mixed up.


Thanks for pointing that out.




You are probably aware, but The Dace Electric is played backwards before "The Beautiful Ones" in the Syracuse show geek lol
Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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FragileUndertow said:

KoolEaze said:

Oh, yes, you´re right, that´s what I actually wanted to list as an example but for some reason my brain got the song God (vocal) performance in Syracuse and the intermission mixed up.

Thanks for pointing that out.

You are probably aware, but The Dace Electric is played backwards before "The Beautiful Ones" in the Syracuse show geek lol

Yes, I know, hence why I messed up my comments above. I was confused.

Just like Prince during that part of the show that you mentioned. ("I´m so....confused.")

Nah, I´m just getting old. lol

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"
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Reply #10 posted 01/13/21 5:34pm

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KoolEaze said:


Just like Prince during that part of the show that you mentioned. ("I´m so....confused.")


Nah, I´m just getting old. lol




lol we all are
Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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