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Thread started 09/03/21 4:12pm

ShinyPatina

Prince's most poetic line to you?

I'm talking about a SINGLE line that hits you deep. After 40 years of being a fan, it all comes down to one for me:

"I guess I should've known/by the way you parked your car sideways/ that it wouldn't last."


What's YOURS? What hits you BAM!! in the chest? Something that says so much with so little.

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Reply #1 posted 09/03/21 4:41pm

wilmer

I can't think of most poetic right off the bat. But there's one that stuck with me from the first listen.

Whisper a question/With my body I'll scream a reply

I just love that line
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Reply #2 posted 09/03/21 4:54pm

kevinpnb

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This one comes to mind:

“Avalanche”
Like the snow coming down the mountain
That landed on Wounded Knee
Nobody wants to take the weight
The responsibility

Really the whole lyric is just a perfect build of history and metaphor. By the time this refrain comes along, your gut has been fully punched.
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Reply #3 posted 09/03/21 5:19pm

ShinyPatina

wilmer said:

I can't think of most poetic right off the bat. But there's one that stuck with me from the first listen. Whisper a question/With my body I'll scream a reply I just love that line

That's a good one....very nice.

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Reply #4 posted 09/03/21 5:32pm

PJMcGee

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Oh, a robin sings a masterpiece
That lives and dies unheard
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Reply #5 posted 09/03/21 6:01pm

rainbowchild

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I wanna be the only one you come for
[Edited 9/3/21 18:02pm]
"Just like the sun, the Rainbow Children rise."

"Am I black or white? Am I straight or gay?"

"We had fun, didn't we?"
-Prince (1958-2016) 4ever in my life
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Reply #6 posted 09/03/21 6:43pm

OperatingTheta
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'All the flowers that you planted, Mama, in the backyard,
All died when you went away.'

That one still hits hard - poignantly expressive and revealing, yet so concise.
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Reply #7 posted 09/03/21 7:06pm

bobgeorge77

2 words falling between the drops, and the moans of his condition…holding someone is truly believing, there’s joy in repetition music thumbs up!
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Reply #8 posted 09/03/21 9:03pm

TrivialPursuit

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The whole of "Joy In Repetition."

"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 #9 posted 09/04/21 1:26am

camilleisastar

bobgeorge77 said:

2 words falling between the drops, and the moans of his condition…holding someone is truly believing, there’s joy in repetition music thumbs up!

Yip that’s the one
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Reply #10 posted 09/04/21 8:18am

PJMcGee

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rainbowchild said:

I wanna be the only one you come for
[Edited 9/3/21 18:02pm]


When I was a kid, I thought he said I wanna be the only one you cook for.
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Reply #11 posted 09/04/21 9:02am

automatic

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If God one day struck me blind. Your beauty I'll still see.
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Reply #12 posted 09/05/21 7:43am

Dandroppedadim
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Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees

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Reply #13 posted 09/05/21 10:16am

rainbowchild

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PJMcGee said:

rainbowchild said:

I wanna be the only one you come for
[Edited 9/3/21 18:02pm]


When I was a kid, I thought he said I wanna be the only one you cook for.


Haha that’s a good way of telling your kids what he sings if they ask lol
"Just like the sun, the Rainbow Children rise."

"Am I black or white? Am I straight or gay?"

"We had fun, didn't we?"
-Prince (1958-2016) 4ever in my life
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Reply #14 posted 09/05/21 12:11pm

lurker316

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TrivialPursuit said:

The whole of "Joy In Repetition."


Co-sign.

I know this may be blasphemy, but generally speaking I don't think Prince was a good lyracist. Sure there are many great lyrics you can point to, but when the guy wrote well over 1,000 songs, he was bound to hit pay dirt occassionally, from luck if nothing else. But on the whole, I think he was a mediocre lyracist.

WIth that said, two songs that I believe have genuinely great lyrics are "Joy in Repetition" and "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker". Every line in both of them is poetic.


[Edited 9/5/21 17:39pm]

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Reply #15 posted 09/05/21 1:03pm

nayroo2002

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lurker316 said:

TrivialPursuit said:

The whole of "Joy In Repetition."


Co-sign.

I know this may be blasphemy, but generally speaking I don't think Prince was a good lyracist. Sure there are many great lyrics you can point to, but when the guy wrote well over 1,000 songs, he was bound to hit pay dirt occassionally, from luck if nothing else. But on the whole, I think he was a mediocre lyracist.

WIth that said, two songs that I believe have genuie lyrics are "Joy in Repetition" and "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker". Every line in both of them is poetic.


Listen to those 1000+ songs once again.

i'm sure you will hear many more than just 2

"Whatever skin Ur in
we all need 2 b friends"
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Reply #16 posted 09/05/21 5:39pm

lurker316

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nayroo2002 said:

lurker316 said:


Co-sign.

I know this may be blasphemy, but generally speaking I don't think Prince was a good lyracist. Sure there are many great lyrics you can point to, but when the guy wrote well over 1,000 songs, he was bound to hit pay dirt occassionally, from luck if nothing else. But on the whole, I think he was a mediocre lyracist.

WIth that said, two songs that I believe have genuinely great lyrics are "Joy in Repetition" and "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker". Every line in both of them is poetic.


Listen to those 1000+ songs once again.

i'm sure you will hear many more than just 2


Read my post again. I'm sure you will see that it doesn't say there are only two songs with great lyrics.

My post suggested tht Prince had many songs with great lyrics, two of which were "Joy in Repetition" and "The Balad of Dorthy Parker". Those were presented as examples, not an exhaustive list.

But my point remains that, although I could name dozens of songs with great lyrics, as a percentage of his entire catologue, his great lyrcis are in the minority.


[Edited 9/5/21 17:41pm]

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Reply #17 posted 09/05/21 6:35pm

TraSoul82

"If I was your one and only friend, would you run to me if somebody hurt you? Even if that somebody was me?"

"Love's too weak to define..."

"Flying above all fears. And I haven't seen any tears; not lately. And I don't wanna land; not even 'maybe'."
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Reply #18 posted 09/05/21 10:43pm

paraded

I concur with the OP that the opening of LRC is his greatest piece of poetry. It packs an entire short story into a few lines. Even Bob Dylan would have been proud to write those lines.

On a philosophical level, I think there’s another few lines for me. “It’s easy to say I love you / but it’s harder to forgive.” This is a profound idea that is also incredibly true.

And as a prophetic voice, one more: “systematic overthrow of the underclass / Hollywood conjures images of the past.” If only Prince had kept up this kind of critique in subsequent albums. Unlike a lot of his other, especially later rants, this one has no BS in it. No generalized “problems” or half baked rants or jumbled metaphors for decay. It’s specific, it’s strong, it’s frightening and it seems truer now than thirty plus years ago.
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Reply #19 posted 09/06/21 1:59am

SantanaMaitrey
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Animals strike curious poses
They feel the heat
The heat between me and U
If you take any of this seriously, you're a bigger tool than I am.
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Reply #20 posted 09/06/21 2:05pm

kingricefan

Loving you in silence, knowing that's it's right

Under your gaze I ponder this love tonight

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Reply #21 posted 09/06/21 8:13pm

PURplEMaPLeSyr
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TrivialPursuit said:

The whole of "Joy In Repetition."

ditto, lol

flowing through the veins of the tree of life...purplemaplesyrup
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Reply #22 posted 09/06/21 11:22pm

woogiebear

"I'll get the Music, Baby. You bring the Wine!"- From "Just As Long As We're Together" (1978)

I bought the Promo 45 back in 1978, and THAT was the Song that got Me into Prince!!!!

cool cool cool cool

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Reply #23 posted 09/07/21 2:51am

RODSERLING

woogiebear said:

"I'll get the Music, Baby. You bring the Wine!"- From "Just As Long As We're Together" (1978)


I bought the Promo 45 back in 1978, and THAT was the Song that got Me into Prince!!!!


cool cool cool cool




Wow, incredible.
You should make a topic about it, see.
You re maybe the earliest fan of Prince.
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Reply #24 posted 09/07/21 4:01am

Dandroppedadim
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RODSERLING said:

woogiebear said:

"I'll get the Music, Baby. You bring the Wine!"- From "Just As Long As We're Together" (1978)

I bought the Promo 45 back in 1978, and THAT was the Song that got Me into Prince!!!!

cool cool cool cool

Wow, incredible. You should make a topic about it, see. You re maybe the earliest fan of Prince.

I don't think it's that incredible - get real dude.

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Reply #25 posted 09/07/21 4:38am

RJOrion

Now put that suitcase down
And go in there
And put on that wig I bought you
No, no, no, no
The reddish-brown one
"Bob"... ain't that a bitch?
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Reply #26 posted 09/07/21 5:18am

Chastity

Come on pretty baby, sit your butt on the chair there
And let me run a gender in and out of your hair fair
A gender for the morning, noon and night, so prepare there
You could come alone or tell a friend, I don't care bear

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Reply #27 posted 09/07/21 10:05am

AZStreet

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All of Love We Make

"You know, this is funky but I wish he'd play like he used to, old scragglyhead son of a...*smack* OOH!"

"Who's the foo singing will it's would"
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Reply #28 posted 09/07/21 3:05pm

TrivialPursuit

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And while it's not overly romantic, I always thought, "I can deal with a sucker if he's in your mouth, but I can't deal with insincere" was excellent.

"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 #29 posted 09/07/21 9:05pm

woogiebear

Dandroppedadime said:

RODSERLING said:

woogiebear said: Wow, incredible. You should make a topic about it, see. You re maybe the earliest fan of Prince.

I don't think it's that incredible - get real dude.

Well......it was INCREDIBLE 2 a 10 Year-Old from Buffalo, New York!! It made Me a Fan back in 1978, and I'm STIll a Fan! Get Real? I was being 4 REAL FOR REAL!!!!

cool

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