On Episode 123 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Richard Cole from the Amari Purple Talk Podcast (AmariCommunications.com) pays the pod another visit to talk about “Escape.” This “Glam Slam” B-side acts as a spiritual successor to its A-side while offering up musical & lyrical treats that are unique to this composition. Free yo mind from this rat race and escape with us!
“Don’t get on the scale if you ain’t got the weight.”
This original B-side composition from Prince is a catchy song that rivals its A-side counterpart in many ways. Like “Glam Slam,” “Escape” mines similar territory by telling us that there’s a better way to make it through the complex aspects of our day-to-day; don’t rely on drugs, specifically crack. Don’t rely on gangbanging. Embrace God and escape to a better life. Cartoon noises, catchy phrases and choruses, and expert level harmonizing give this track its flavor. Glam slam escape; give it a try.
Friend of the pod, @hausoftheo from Discord, has this to say about the song. “‘Escape’ is about finding a spiritual high with God (or Lovesexy) as the only alternative to drugs. I believe this strong message of deterrence stems from Prince’s own negative experiences with party culture that ultimately led him to pull The Black Album.”
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!