On Episode 136 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Dr. Tara Betts & I talk through the lyrics to “I Love U In Me,” a B-side from the Batman era. This quiet storm ballad replaces Prince’s commonly used innuendos and metaphors with frank sexual language. We also ponder the intent of a strange analogy he uses for the chorus.
“I promised myself not to come until she does and she took both hands and a liar I was.”
A song so nice, Prince used it as a B-side twice, first as the B-side to Batman’s “The Arms of Orion,” then from Diamonds & Pearls’ “Insatiable.” Does it deserve so much love? Prince thought so, although I find the song pleasant if unremarkable. Prince uses a lot of predictable rhymes in the verses before confounding us with the “when she’s making love, it’s like surgery” analogy. I can’t say that I consider surgery to be a sexy event. Regardless, “I Love U In Me” is harmless, despite its explicit while not raunchy lyrics.
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!