On Episode 125 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, new podcast guest Joe Andrews joins me to talk about the opening song from the Batman album, “The Future.” Prince’s dystopian vision, sung from the perspective of the Dark Knight himself, sets the tone for the project with its stark electronic drum beat and foreboding synths. “I’ve seen the future, and it will be.”
“New world needs spirituality that will last.”
Prince shows us a dark future that represents both Gotham City and our current, existing society in this album opener. He infuses brief but the poignant spiritual commentary in the lyrics to help us tie the thread of Lovesexy to Batman. A thread that most listeners wouldn’t find for themselves as the two projects seem very opposed to one another. “The Future” proves that even when Prince is creating art to fit inside a box wrapped in summer super-hero blockbuster paper, there are plenty of personal touches within.
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!