On Episode 108 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Rhonda Nicole and I discuss the lyrics to the sometimes flattering but often disturbing “Cindy C.” The song comes off as a plea for attention from supermodel Cindy Crawford, but it also sounds desperate and a bit cruel. Like most Prince songs, any cringeworthy lyric blows are softened by a slammin’ groove and a dope, if plagiarized, rap by Cat Glover.
“Super-fine heifer, I saw you in the Vogue. I knew you would be trouble, from word go.”
Prince’s neurosis put to a club groove, that’s one way to describe “Cindy C,” one of the more bizarre songs on The Black Album. As a man who has dated extremely attractive women throughout his life, something about Cindy Crawford must have sent him into a spiral. Who knows which encounter with her he might have had in the mid-’80s that led to the creation of this song, Rhonda and I speculate on a couple, but the song he created, as a result, is certainly unique. Just like the man who wrote it.
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 along with any guest I may have
- If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics
Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!