On episode 152 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I try to make heads or tails of the not very explicit except for the song title, “Vagina.” A garage rock anomaly about a “half-boy, half-girl” that has mesmerized our narrator. Did we get what we wanted with this vault track?
“Vagina was half boy, half girl.”
A vault track with a completely misleading title, especially considering the era in which Prince wrote and recorded it, “Vagina” should have been raunchy and nasty. It’s totally not, though. Instead, it’s a bit of a story song about a person Prince might have met Uptown. Short hair, don’t care. Maybe the pronouns and descriptions used here aren’t 21st-century woke, but I still think the subject is fascinating for 1981.
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!