It’s Saturday morning, the day after Prince’s death. The house is empty and I’m streaming a radio from Minnesota that has been playing every Prince’s song alphabetically (Alphabet St., pun intended) for the last 36 hours!
Musicology, the song that made me fall in love with him again, is playing now. No better time to wrap up my thoughts.
Flashback to when I was 12/13. Why did I pick Prince as my artist?
His music, his style, his being different, the dirty lyrics?
Probably all of them, in a word, this magical kingdom called Paisley Park.
“And life won’t be so bad
In Paisley Park” – Paisley Park, Around the World in a Day
Through his art, we visited this magical place, Anil’s words get to the point, where it’s OK to rewrite common sense, be whoever you want, enjoy life.
I like to remember Prince through his music, more than everything else. A few of my favorite lyrics and articles follow.
Be with me darling till the end of time
I’ll give you my heart
I’ll give you my mind
I’ll give you my body
I’ll give you my time
My favorite song: Adore, Sign o’ the Times
We want to play in the sunshine
We want to be free
Without the help of a margarita or ecstacy
We want to kick like we used to
Sign up on the dotted line
We gonna dance every dance
Like it’s gonna be the last time
One of the most joyous songs: Play in the sunshine, Sign o’ the Times
Whats the matter with your life
Is the poverty bringing u down?
Is the mailman jerking u round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone elses box?
Can’t stop singing it: Pop Life, Around the World in a Day
Everybody on this earth has got a vice
And mine, little darlin’, mine is the opposite of ice
Mine is the running hot water of the daughter of morality
One of his hottest and naughtiest songs: Temptation, Around the World in a Day
Good evening. This is your pilot Prince speaking.
You are flying aboard the Seduction 747
And this plane is fully equipped with anything your body desires
If for any reason there is a loss in cabin pressure
I will automatically drop down to apply more
Another dirty one: International Lover, 1999
To night it’s gonna be scandalous
Cause to night I’m gonna be your fantasy
Slow and sweet: Scandalous, Batman
You don’t have to be rich to be my girl
You don’t have to be cool to rule my world
Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with
I just want your extra time and your kiss
In my daddy’s car
It’s you I really want to drive
Underneath the stars
I really get a dirty mind
Whenever you’re around
Dirty dirty dirty song: Dirty Mind, Dirty Mind
People call me rude, I wish we all were nude
I wish there was no black and white, I wish there were no rules
we’re all the same: Controversy, Controversy
I’m not a woman
I’m not a man
I am something that you’ll never understand
I would die 4 U, Purple Rain
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
Best Guitar riff: Let’s go Crazy, Purple Rain
Hey, look me over
Tell me do you like what you see?
Hey, I ain’t got no money
But honey, I’m rich on personality
Badass: Baby I’m a Star, Purple Rain
You walked in, I woke up
I’ve never seen a pretty girl
Look so tough, baby
You got that look
Pure energy: U Got the Look, Sign o’ the Times
And I said, baby don’t waste your time
I know what’s on your mind
I may be qualified for a one night stand
But I could never take the place of your man
Best performed live: I could never take the place of your man, Sign o’ the Times
If a man is considered guilty
For what goes on in his mind
Then give me the electric chair
For all my future crimes-oh!
Electric Chair, Batman
More thoughts, lyrics and articles about my favorite artist.
“a sex symbol devoted to romance and pleasure, not power or machismo”, Prince, an Artist Who Defied Genre, Is Dead at 57 (NYTimes)
“Today is a very sad day. His music rearranged me… he will forever be my #1.” – Halle Berry
“A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said—and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.” —President Obama
“A tiny, svelte thing. Ethnically ambiguous, radiating lust. What is this? A man. Clearly a man. No. Not just a man. A Prince.”, On Prince, blackness, and sexuality (Fusion)
Prince Remembered: 15 of His Most Iconic Fashion Moments – US Weekly