Episode 164: Teacher, Teacher

On episode 164 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Julian Long and I break down the strange relationship Prince describes in “Teacher, Teacher.” Does Prince’s stripped-down ’82 version hold more emotional weight than Wendy & Lisa’s sunnier ’85 version? Listen to our thoughts and join in on the discussion.


“Honey, I can’t let U use my body the same way U use my mind.”

Two versions, and neither of them was ever released. That’s the story behind this somewhat disturbing yet still triumphant track dating back to 1982. After recording a stripped-down version with guitar and multi-tracked vocals in ’82, he gave the song to Revolution bandmates Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman to add more instrumentation and vocals in ’85. Both versions have their charms, but if it was intended to provide an emotional punch, the ’82 Prince version is the way to go.

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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