Episode 157: Purple Music

On episode 157 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Eloy Lasanta and I talk about Prince’s unreleased gem, “Purple Music,” from 2019’s 1999 Super Deluxe. This widely bootlegged vault track is one of the crowning achievements from these sessions despite never getting an official release.


“Don’t need no reefer, don’t need cocaine. Purple music does the same to my brain.”

Prince declares Purple MusicTM to be the ultimate replacement for the chemical highs that many members of our society seek. No judging, though, if you imbibe! An avant-garde track that can be, at times, experimentally funky yet monotonous, complete with an oddball skit. Themes such as religion, sources of creativity, bathing, and the color purple can be found in this 11-minute banger—the centerpiece of the 1999 Super Deluxe.

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!

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