Episode 152: Vagina

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

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