On Episode 7 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I cover one of my personal favorites, the underrated seventh track on For You, “My Love Is Forever.” A hallmark card put to music that brings joy to listeners with its upbeat musical composition.
“You don’t have to worry, my love is forever.”
“My Love is Forever” is indeed a song of its era (late ’70s) that proudly wears its simplicity and sincerity on its sleeve. The lyrics may not tell a deep and compelling story, but then again, what song on For You does this? I would say that possibly “Baby” comes the closest to giving the listener a true narrative story.
The song’s strengths remain with the music. The happiness it exudes and rubs off onto the listener is infectious and welcomed after the slowness found within “Baby.” The guitar, the melody, Prince’s “doo-doo-doo’s.” The elements of a pure pop song are all here.
Prince exhibits his preference for analogies and adds another water metaphor, a river again, that takes away his pain. This metaphor could be something innocent or sexual if you also assume Prince is consistent in his metaphors from song to song.
The woman Prince is singing about certainly has to feel good about herself and her love for him. It’s sweet and endearing and makes an excellent Valentine’s, Wedding, or Anniversary statement. He promises his love to a woman, forever. He claims there is no chance that he will ever lose interest or desire to be with her. Whether true or not, at the moment, forever truly means forever.
The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:
- Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
- Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics
- If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics
Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!