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Reply #30 posted 09/07/21 10:17pm

Vannormal

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Instead she pretended she was blind, An affliction brought on by a witch's curse

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Yep, it's all poetic to me.

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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.
And wiser people so full of doubts"
(Bertrand Russsell 1872-1972)
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Reply #31 posted 09/08/21 1:53am

Vannormal

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Have U ever wanted 2 play with someone so much U'd take any one boy or girl'

(certainly this one)

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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.
And wiser people so full of doubts"
(Bertrand Russsell 1872-1972)
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Reply #32 posted 09/08/21 1:57am

Vannormal

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Welcome 2 Satisfaction, please remain awake until the aircraft has come 2 a complete stop
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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.
And wiser people so full of doubts"
(Bertrand Russsell 1872-1972)
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Reply #33 posted 09/08/21 9:17am

AZStreet

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automatic said:

If God one day struck me blind. Your beauty I'll still see.


My fav is the next line "Love is too weak to define, just what you mean to me"

"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 #34 posted 09/09/21 12:52pm

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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.

It's a profound idea and it's true, but I'm not sure if it's very poetic. It sounds more like something that comes out of a self help book.
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Reply #35 posted 09/09/21 1:07pm

partyup77

How you gonna get my back when you frontin! lol

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Reply #36 posted 09/10/21 3:11am

MattUK

Have you ever been so lonely
That you felt like you were the
Only one in this world?

Have you ever wanted to play
With someone so much you'd take
Any one boy or girl?
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Reply #37 posted 09/10/21 7:51am

steakfinger

I can't think of any examples of anything that would be called poetic in Prince's lyrics. Florid and overwraught, perhaps - but not poetic. Maybe a little of what your average 14 year old girl would describe as poetic can be found.

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Reply #38 posted 09/10/21 8:52am

ufoclub

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kevinpnb said:

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.

It's good.

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Reply #39 posted 09/10/21 1:03pm

evdas

MattUK said:


Have you ever been so lonely
That you felt like you were the
Only one in this world?



Have you ever wanted to play
With someone so much you'd take
Any one boy or girl?



This.

Ironically, being a Prince fan was a big part of why it really resonated with me.
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Reply #40 posted 09/10/21 1:32pm

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steakfinger said:

I can't think of any examples of anything that would be called poetic in Prince's lyrics. Florid and overwraught, perhaps - but not poetic. Maybe a little of what your average 14 year old girl would describe as poetic can be found.


Interesting thought. Maybe we're going to have to think about what "poetic" really means.
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Reply #41 posted 09/11/21 1:42pm

kookooman73

I See All Of Ur Creations As One Perfect Complex,

No One Less Beautiful Or More Special Than The Next. 💜

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Reply #42 posted 09/11/21 3:10pm

muleFunk

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Did U ever feel that life
Was like lookin' 4 a penny
N a large room with no light?
A sophisticated mass-produced cacophony
Of no-win situations that aren't right

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Reply #43 posted 09/11/21 8:29pm

PJMcGee

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kookooman73 said:

I See All Of Ur Creations As One Perfect Complex,


No One Less Beautiful Or More Special Than The Next. 💜



I thought Martika wrote the lyrics.
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Reply #44 posted 09/11/21 10:08pm

ludwig

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

Under your gaze I ponder this love tonight

Written by Prince, Sandra St. Victor, Johnny Kemp, Tom Hammer.

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Reply #45 posted 09/12/21 10:21am

Phase3

How desperate am I?
I wonder if you are what keeps me alive

Darling it seems I found the grand progression whenever I'm in your arms.from July until june,melting inside of your charms
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Reply #46 posted 09/12/21 2:13pm

kingricefan

Sandra St. Victor's lyrics were a blueprint for the version that Prince did. Her version is quite different. I've tried to find them online but can't seem to get them anywhere. There was a thread started on here that had a link to them but it is no longer working.

ludwig said:

kingricefan said:

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

Under your gaze I ponder this love tonight

Written by Prince, Sandra St. Victor, Johnny Kemp, Tom Hammer.

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Reply #47 posted 09/12/21 6:57pm

alphastreet

Everybody wants to sell what’s already been sold
Everybody wants to tell what’s already been told
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Reply #48 posted 09/12/21 10:42pm

DotsofU

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Now your touch is a reminder like the thorns upon a rose

The beauty is mine if I can stand the cut

From Open Book

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Reply #49 posted 09/13/21 12:50am

Electrostar

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I'm blinded by the daisies in your yard.

That's been with me for 35 years!
As equality grows, violence declines.
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Reply #50 posted 09/14/21 9:58am

AZStreet

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DotsofU said:

Now your touch is a reminder like the thorns upon a rose

The beauty is mine if I can stand the cut

From Open Book



Phew this entire song though

"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 #51 posted 09/17/21 12:49pm

Tora

automatic said:

If God one day struck me blind. Your beauty I'll still see.


This one is also my all-time favorite and most poetic line of all, IMO.
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Reply #52 posted 09/18/21 6:53am

herb4

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TraSoul82 said:

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


This one for me

I don't know how "poetic" it is but it's always been my favorite lyric.

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Reply #53 posted 09/19/21 11:50am

McD

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PJMcGee said:

kookooman73 said:

I See All Of Ur Creations As One Perfect Complex,


No One Less Beautiful Or More Special Than The Next. 💜



I thought Martika wrote the lyrics.


If I recall, she wrote the phrase ‘love thy will be done, I can no longer hide, I can no longer run’ and Prince took it from there.

That said, and I’ve posted this before, the lyric quoted above re ‘all of your creations’ is one of the most interesting of his career. It’s a love song that can only really apply to one single person - Prince. And he likely wrote it himself!!
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Reply #54 posted 09/19/21 3:37pm

hyperpessimist

"The only love there is

Is the love we make"

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From the first time I've listened to it (and tears were shed back then), I still find it the simplest, most universal truth he ever commited to a song...

[Edited 9/19/21 15:37pm]

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