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EnDoRpHn

Anna Stesia "demo" - extra lyrics?

Stumbled across what is billed as a demo of Anna Stesia (could be a rehearsal recording, quality is sketchy). It contains some extra lyrics in the bridge. Here's my rough cut of the lyrics (stuff in brackets is hard to make out):



I wanna take [her] away with me
I'd like 2 feel another free
[I know how to], Dr. Fink
Can he brave this world without me?

Of course, he says, that's not Fink
It's Anna Stesia rocking I think
I can't remember [the other side] of the door
I can't remember what I was [put here] 4

Save me Jesus, I've been a fool
How could I forget that u are the rule?
U are my god, I am your child
From now on, 4 u I shall be wild
I shall be quick, I shall be strong
I'll tell your story no matter how long

He'll [take us back] and hold our hand
and lead us to Lovesexy land
We're just a play in your master plan
Now my lord I understand

Anyone know anything about the source? I don't remember hearing this before.

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Reply #1 posted 09/16/21 4:19pm

bluegangsta

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It's an early version of what the album version was built on - obviously, edits and overdubs took place.

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Reply #2 posted 09/16/21 4:24pm

TheEnglishGent

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I've got this version on Blast From The Past 6.0.

I don't have any more details than that though.

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Reply #3 posted 09/16/21 4:39pm

OnlyNDaUsa

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Yep I think this was talked about before.

"So the best way to get something done, if you, if you hold near and dear to that, you uh um, like to be able uh...Anyway." - Joe Biden
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Reply #4 posted 09/16/21 6:55pm

TrivialPursuit

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TheEnglishGent said:

I've got this version on Blast From The Past 6.0.

I don't have any more details than that though.


Yeah, BFTP 6.0, CD2/Track 3.

I guess I never listened to this version despite it taking up harddrive space. I have to say, corny ass lyrics. Why reference Fink, at all?

Also, the extra bit, "He'll take us back, and hold our hand" felt like a bit too much. Sort of a rap for the sake of it. Self-editing really shines through here.

Some of the instruments heard here were buried in the final mix. It shows how the song was getting there, then the whole album has that blown out/in-the-red mix and mastering to it. Those needles were PEAKIN'! But in this earlier version, it sounds better.

Interesting Prince vault says, "Original full recording featuring more music and lyrics." If it's referring to this version, I suppose I'm reading "completed" into "full." Cuz this is definitely a working version. Semantics, I suppose. I do hope this comes out on a Lovesexy deluxe. It'd be a crime to not have it on there.

"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 #5 posted 09/16/21 9:03pm

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EnDoRpHn said:

Anyone know anything about the source? I don't remember hearing this before.


Some Lovesexy stuff leaked on a set called "Closer 2 God"
I dont recall any album art or info on the set. It was just bunch of files in a folder, the file were tagged Closer 2 God.
As I recall some sounded like Alternates, demos, rehearsal?.
Quality was pretty good on most.

Here's what lovesexy tracks leaked

16 Anna Stesia

17 Eye Know #1

18 Eye Know #2

19 Glam Slam #1

20 Positivity #1

21 Positivity #2

22 Positivity #3

23 Escape #1

I think the track appeared soon after on Eye Records BFTP 6
Link to closer 2 god set.
https://prince.org/msg/7/449726
[Added]
Ok, looks like someone leaked the tracks right before eye records did. Either way lol
[Edited 9/16/21 21:23pm]
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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Reply #6 posted 09/16/21 9:30pm

JudasLChrist

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This is what I hear:


I wanna take [that] away with me
I'd like 2 feel another free
[R U Happy], Dr. Fink?
Can U brave this world without me?

Of course, he says, that's not Fink
It's Anna Stesia rocking I think
I can't remember [the other side] of the door
I can't remember what I was [praying] 4

Save me Jesus, I've been a fool
How could I forget that u are the rule?
U are my god, I am your child
From now on, 4 u I shall be wild
I shall be quick, I shall be strong
I'll tell your story no matter how long

He'll [take us back] and hold our hand
and lead us to Lovesexy land
We're just a play in your master plan
Now my lord I understand



EnDoRpHn said:

Stumbled across what is billed as a demo of Anna Stesia (could be a rehearsal recording, quality is sketchy). It contains some extra lyrics in the bridge. Here's my rough cut of the lyrics (stuff in brackets is hard to make out):



I wanna take [her] away with me
I'd like 2 feel another free
[I know how to], Dr. Fink
Can he brave this world without me?

Of course, he says, that's not Fink
It's Anna Stesia rocking I think
I can't remember [the other side] of the door
I can't remember what I was [put here] 4

Save me Jesus, I've been a fool
How could I forget that u are the rule?
U are my god, I am your child
From now on, 4 u I shall be wild
I shall be quick, I shall be strong
I'll tell your story no matter how long

He'll [take us back] and hold our hand
and lead us to Lovesexy land
We're just a play in your master plan
Now my lord I understand

Anyone know anything about the source? I don't remember hearing this before.

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Reply #7 posted 09/17/21 4:03am

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these kinds of things, early rough drafts are interesting but its obv that prince made the right decisions in changing them to what was released. who on earth would think these lyrics are better? lol.

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Reply #8 posted 09/17/21 4:56am

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There was another leak after Closer 2 God and Blast 6.0 titled 'Sexy Beginnings' (I believed it was stylized as 'S3xy B3g1nn1ngs' or something along those lines. The "label" was 'Eye No Records' as a response to Eye Records). It was just the Lovesexy related tracks (including the early version of Anna Stesia) and the sound quality is near perfect. From memory I think it's from a better source closer to the master, rather than something that's been cleaned up artificially, but I may be mistaken. It sounds good regardless.

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Reply #9 posted 09/17/21 5:36am

highcalonic

@VaultCurator, you're right, "Cocoa Boys" is the the last song on this tape.

This is the lyrics i have for Anna Stesia (demo) :

"I wanna take Anna away with me
I like 2 feel & never fray
R U hot 4 Dr. Fink?
Can U brave this world without me?
"Of course," he says
"But that's not Fink
It's Anna Stesia rappin', I think
i can't remember but those I adore
I can't remember what I was prayin' 4"

Save me, Jesus
I've been a fool
How could I 4get that U R the rule
U R my God
I am Ur child
From now on
4 U, shall B wild
I shall B quick
I shall B strong
I'll tell Ur story no matter how long
No matter how... no no no...

Please take us back & hold our hand
& lead us 2 Lovesexy land
We're just a play in Ur master plan
Now, my Lord, I understand
I understand"

[Edited 9/17/21 5:37am]

"You can skate around the issue if you like,
But who's gonna get you high in the middle of the night?"
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Reply #10 posted 09/17/21 10:12am

EnDoRpHn

funkbabyandthebabysitters said:

these kinds of things, early rough drafts are interesting but its obv that prince made the right decisions in changing them to what was released. who on earth would think these lyrics are better? lol.



I don’t know that anyone said they were better, but that does seem to be the common presupposition about unreleased material.

I’m more curious about whether this was a rehearsal, I would think a true demo would only be Prince.
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Reply #11 posted 09/17/21 10:30pm

masaba

Sounds like he was just freestyling that part.
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Reply #12 posted 09/18/21 12:08am

EnDoRpHn

masaba said:

Sounds like he was just freestyling that part.


Agreed, which is part of what makes it seem more like a rehearsal than an early demo or alternate take.
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