Prince opened each show on the Controversy tour by playing an acapella gospel hymn, “The Second Coming,” over the PA system for concert attendees. What is this song actually about, though? On episode 149 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I talk about the spirituality found within this short but effective track.
Part vault song, part Controversy tour opening prayer, this song is a strong contender for the coolest way to start a tour. Give the audience something they’ve never heard before and can’t recreate on an official recording! Its overt religious and spiritual themes may have caught fans by surprise after the secular and sexual nature of Dirty Mind’s lyrics. Prince’s vocal performance is fire, and impossible not to get goosebumps while listening.
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!