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. https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2023/01/22/purple-music-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ "Don't need no reefer, don't need cocaine. Purple music does … Continue reading Episode 157: Purple Music

Episode 156: If It’ll Make U Happy

On episode 156 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I dig into the reggae-lite lyrics of Prince's regretful "If It'll Make U Happy" from the 1999 Super Deluxe. https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2023/01/15/if-itll-make-u-happy-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ "I really love U, baby. No matter what your friends may say." This April 1982 vault track rolls along at a leisurely pace, with Prince's … Continue reading Episode 156: If It’ll Make U Happy

Episode 155: You’re All I Want

On episode 155 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I briefly talk about the sweet, inoffensive Rockabilly track "You're All I Want" from the 1999 Super Deluxe. https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2023/01/03/youre-all-i-want-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ "I've never been sweet on candy, but you're as sweet as they come." A pleasant little ditty about an intense and all-encompassing attraction. The subject doesn't … Continue reading Episode 155: You’re All I Want

Episode 154: Turn It Up

On episode 154 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, we work it like a radio and "Turn It Up" for this 1999-era vault track and discuss the radio metaphors used & the potential reasons why it was scrapped. https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2022/12/25/turn-it-up-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ "Come and play with my controls." While this song is a true bop, it also … Continue reading Episode 154: Turn It Up

Episode 153: Rearrange

On episode 153 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I try to "Rearrange" my brain around this 1999-era vault track that served as the basis for "Lady Cab Driver." The lyrics for these two songs are nothing alike, but "Rearrange" does remind me of Prince's earlier work. https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2022/12/06/rearrange-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ "People today won't change. Got to rearrange." … Continue reading Episode 153: Rearrange

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? https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2022/11/29/vagina-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ "Vagina was half … Continue reading Episode 152: Vagina

Episode 151: Money Don’t Grow On Trees

On episode 151 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I discuss the upward mobility mantra and conservative idiom, "Money Don't Grow On Trees," a vault track from late 1981 released on the 1999 Super Deluxe. https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2022/11/21/money-dont-grow-on-trees-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ "Unless U can dance like Fred Astaire, U better think about a college degree." With its more traditional R&B sound, "Money … Continue reading Episode 151: Money Don’t Grow On Trees

Episode 150: Strange Way

On episode 150 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Arthur Turnbull from The Music Snobs Podcast returns to the show to chat about another of Prince's 1981 vault recordings, "Strange Way." We dig into the context around the songwriting and who he had in mind when writing the lyrics. https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2022/11/14/strange-way-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ A short and quirky (like … Continue reading Episode 150: Strange Way

Episode 149: The Second Coming

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. https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2022/11/07/the-second-coming-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ Part vault song, part Controversy tour … Continue reading Episode 149: The Second Coming

Episode 148: Broken

On episode 148 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I talk about the unreleased companion to Dirty Mind's "Gotta Broken Heart Again," "Broken." Prince still isn't over being dumped, but at least he knows how to throw an awesome old-fashioned rave-up to celebrate his woes. https://press-rewind.blubrry.net/2022/10/31/broken-press-rewind-prince-lyrics-podcast/ "Broken" is a fascinating Dirty Mind–Controversy era demo that sounds … Continue reading Episode 148: Broken