“The Ladder” is from the 1985 album”Around the World in a Day.” Prince said he gave co-writing credit to his father John L. Nelson because he based “The Ladder” on a chord sequence his father often used. “The Independent” wrote a summary of the troubled relationship between the two as Prince laid his father to rest in August 2001.

From the “Independent” August 31, 2001:

John L. Nelson, pianist: born 1916; three times married; died Minneapolis, Minnesota 25 August 2001.

The jazz pianist John Nelson was the father of the enigmatic pop star Prince, and was a major influence on his son, who was named Prince Rogers Nelson after the Prince Rogers Trio, his father’s combo.

Prince saw his father perform when he was five years old and never quite recovered from the excitement. “It was great, I couldn’t believe it. People were screaming. From then on I think I wanted to be a musician,” the singer said in one of his rare interviews. While he attributed the “wild side” of his character to his mother, the singer Mattie Shaw, Prince described his father as “real serene. It takes music to get him going.”

Born in Louisiana in 1916, John Nelson had moved to Minneapolis in the Fifties to escape the racism of the South. Quiet and soft-spoken, Nelson lived for his music but couldn’t quite earn a proper living from it. In 1955, when he married Mattie Shaw, who had been singing part-time with the Prince Rogers Trio, Nelson took a job as a plastic moulder at Honeywell Electronics in Minneapolis. Nelson had two daughters and a son from his first marriage, while Shaw had a son from a previous relationship. Prince was born in 1958 and his sister Tyka two years later.

Realizing both Tyka and Prince were musically inclined, Nelson encouraged them and Prince blossomed, writing his first tune, “Funk Machine” on his father’s piano when he was seven. Nelson and Shaw separated in 1968, divorcing two years later. Prince recalls how he played the piano “to fill the void. When I was 12, I ran away for the first time because of problems with my stepfather [Haywood Baker]. I went to live with my real father but that didn’t last too long because he’s as stubborn as I am. I lived with my aunt for a while. I was constantly running from family to family.”

Nelson had bought Prince an electric guitar but, when he caught his teenage son with a girlfriend, he threw him out. The pair were eventually reconciled in the early Eighties. During rehearsals for the 1983 tour which promoted the album 1999, Nelson jammed with his son as well as with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman from The Revolution, Prince’s backing group. The resulting track, “Computer Blue”, featured in the film Purple Rain (1984). Its soundtrack album sold 10 million copies in the US alone and cemented Prince’s superstar status around the world.


Once upon a time in the land of Sin-a-plenty
There lived a king who didn’t deserve to be
He knew not where he came from
Nor where he was going
He never once said thank you, never please

Now this king he had a subject named Electra
Who loved him with a passion, uncontested
4 him each day she had a smile
But it didn’t matter
The king was looking for the ladder

Everybody’s looking for the ladder
Everybody wants salvation of the soul
The steps you take are no easy road
But the reward is great
For those who want to go

A feeling of self-worth (everybody’s looking)
Will caress you (for the answers)
The size of the whole wide world will decrease (how the story started)
(and how it will end)
The love of God’s creation will undress you
And time spent alone my friend, will cease

Everybody’s looking for the answers
How the story started and how it will end
What’s the use in half a story, half a dream
You have to climb all of the steps in between



Did you cop that Paula Abdul album “Spellbound” in 1991? Me neither.
Prince gave her a track entitled “U.” But perhaps her version should be called “Not U.”
Prince’s version of the track entitled “All Eye Want Is U” is unreleased. It’s interesting to hear the two versions of the song. Abdul followed the lyrics exactly, but somehow they sound dramatically different. Judge for yourself.

Prince “All Eye Want Is U” (unreleased version)

Paula Abdul – U

“U” / “All Eye Want Is U” LYRICS:

U – I wanna talk about it
This is not a fantasy
This is fact
If I am the play
I want U in every act
U got a sexy way
About U baby U
U do everything
A body can take
U know U do
All I want is U
U give me a fever of 110
U know U no
Ooh love U as hard as I can
U know I want 2
All I want is U

Ooh baby, here comes the
Private part
U baby what U do to me
U really put it thru 2 me
U a candy-coated carousel
Of kickin’ little
Tickle-me do’s
That really do
Me thru and thru
All I want is U
U make me wanna dance
4 only U
U I do things I never
Thought I’d do
All I want is U
U – I’d give U anything on the
Earth it’s true
Ooh U bounce
The ball U we’re
The 1st, this is true 2
All I want is U
U I could talk about U
All night long
This is not a fantasy
This is fact
All I want is U

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Vintage Prince Photographs, Handwritten Notes, & Letters: Up For Auction Feb. 8, 2018

Several original Prince vintage photographs, handwritten notes, & letters are up for auction.


One photo shows Prince during a free concert for deaf students at Gallaudet University in 1984. The concert featured sign language & allowed deaf students to feel vibrations from his music.


Prince during a free concert for deaf students at Gallaudet University in 1984.

Another item: A handwritten response to a letter Prince received from a 10-year-old fan. Prince wrote: “I hope u like ‘Purple Rain,’ it’s a good movie. But don’t listen 2 the swear words.”

RR Auction set Feb. 08, 2018 for opening bidding for the Prince Auction items. Bidding ends Feb. 15, 2018.



Prince wrote: “I hope u like ‘Purple Rain,’ it’s a good movie. But don’t listen 2 the swear words.”

Prince letter to Tracy Abernathy, in full:

“Thank u 4 your letter. It’s a good feeling 2 know that one’s work is appreciated by others. It’s the main thing that keeps me working. And if I ever make a video with 10-year-olds in ’em, you’re invited. (smile) I would love a picture of u. Don’t worry about what they look like. I take bad pictures all the time. I hope u like ‘Purple Rain,’ it’s a good movie. But don’t listen 2 the swear words. Happy Birthday, and don’t forget 2 say your prayers. God loves u.”

The letter is included in a collection of items from Prince’s assistant tour manager Gwen Leeds. Tracy Abernathy was the niece of Gwen and Alan Leeds, the husband-and-wife tour managers for Prince. The letter was reportedly received by Abernathy the week following the debut of Purple Rain.


“17 Days” or as copyrighted: “17 Days (The Rain Will Come Down, Then U Will Have 2 Choose If U Believe. Look 2 The Dawn And U Shall Never Lose)” was released as the b-side of “When Doves Cry.”

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“Baby Knows” : Turn a Dog Into a Hound

“Baby Knows” is a track on the “Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic” album released November 2, 1999.  The track features vocals and harmonica from Sheryl Crow.
The song was performed in front of a studio audience on the Apocalypse Tube show in the UK on November 22, 1999, shortly after the album release.

Baby Knows Lyrics:

Baby knows
Baby knows
Baby knows, huh
Baby knows
This funky joint in the city
Where the freaks come out to play
Venezuelan, black and pretty
The kind that make you want to pay, yeah

She got the long dark legs
She got the butt that go round
This kind of poochie make you beg
Turn a dog into a hound

She tell me what I want to hear
She stroke me up and never down
Whispering sexiness in my ear
I’m just a junkie for the sound
She make you call your boys
In a powwow to scope a plan
How to ditch her man in a trunk of a Lexus
A perplexing hex this witch has flexed

Adonis & Bathsheba

Adonis & Bathsheba is an unreleased track recorded July 27, 1986.
Adonis and Bathsheba
During Prince: A Celebration in June 2000 fans at Paisley Park Studios selected “Adonis & Bathsheba” to be included on Crystal Ball Volume II. But the project never made it to the public. (see link below)

Adonis & Bathsheba is an interesting title. Both are figures of extreme beauty, one from the bible and the other from Greek mythology. The lyrics tell a sensual story of these two trying to find the perfect place for their love. But with no bed, they ultimately decide to love where they stand.

Bathsheba means “daughter of the oath” in Hebrew. In the Old Testament of the Bible Bathsheba was married to Uriah the Hittite.
Bathsheba is described as having great beauty. She was so beautiful that when King David saw her bathing from his roof & had to have her. King David seduced her and made her pregnant, so he arranged to have her husband killed in battle & then married her.

An Adonis is a very handsome man, especially a young one. Adonis in Greek mythology the eternally youthful god of beauty and desire. Adonis was a handsome young shepherd killed while hunting a wild boar. The anemone flower is said to have sprung from his blood. Because he was loved by Aphrodite, Zeus allowed him to be restored to life for part of each year.

Adonis & Bathsheba Lyrics

To an orgy in a garden of flowers Adonis and Bathsheba flew
All of creation awaits them, a flowing dance by the crystal blue.
A stream of desire & erotic rebellion parades thru their hearts and minds.
They look at one another as much as they don’t. To touch is their need, to love they are blind
To love they are blind
An abandoned gazebo houses what looks to be a perfect place.
They undress as they’re running, Bathsheba crying
Adonis sweat upon his face
For them there is no morning, only night decisions so grand.
There is no bed, how will they ever love?
They decide to stand
No bed, they decide to stand
Adonis & Bathsheba in a garden of flowers, in a garden of love.

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Prince & “Da Bourgeoisie”

Behold the deliciousness of “Da Bourgeoisie.”

The track was *unofficially* released (with a download link) via the 3rdeyegirl Twitter account in November 18, 2013. (now deleted).

The track is about a lover leaving him for a woman. “Da Bourgeoisie” has some *all up in his feelings* lyrics like:

“I see you’re undercover like a C.I.A…. I guess a man is only good for a rainy day, I got the receipt baby…but where’s the guarantee, I forgot-you’re fake as a Christmas tree, &I wish I never kissed your lips bearded lady.”

Some say the track was about Vanity but only he really knows. Regardless, the track is still way too funky to ignore!

(see dwnload link below lyrics)

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Lyrics “Da Bourgeoisie”

Yesterday you was kicking it with another girl
You was all wrapped up around her waist
Last time I checked, you said you left the dirty world
Well, it appears that wasn’t the case
Hey, I see you’re undercover like a C.I.A,
Snatch a little wig from another bouquet
(That’s french)
I guess a man is only good for a rainy day
Or maybe you’re just another bearded lady at the cabaret!
Ray Charles even saw you in the past before he saw me
‘Cause nothing like you ever last for eternity
I got the receipt baby
But where’s the guarantee
I forgot, you’re fake as a Christmas tree
I wish I never kissed your lips bearded lady
Oh, wee Baby
I wish I never kissed your l, aaah!
Doesn’t erase the memory
Slippery lips of da bourgeoisie
Everybody step right up, come and see
The bearded lady take me up to G!
Yesterday you was kicking it with another girl
You was all wrapped up around her waist
Last time I checked, you said you left the dirty world
Well, it appears that wasn’t the case
Hey, I see you’re undercover like a C.I.A
Oh, no more rainy days
Just another bearded lady at the cabaret
Just another bearded lady at the cabaret
Just another bearded lady at the cabaret.

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Prince “Somewhere Here on Earth”

Prince “Somewhere here on earth”  2009


(See clip below)

“Somewhere Here On Earth”
From the Album “Planet Earth”
Released July 15, 2007

I know you are out there
I can feel your eyes on me
Seen that face a thousand times
If only in my dreams
I know you really want me
I can feel your hands on me
I really want to touch you to
In a way I’m much to shy to speak
And even though
I’m all alone
For what it’s worth
You’re somewhere here on Earth
And I like it
I know you’re out there
I can feel you getting closer to me
I’m just wondering what you’re waiting for
You know I am free
In this digital age, you could just page me
I know it’s the rage, but it just don’t engage me
I like the face to face
Do you want to do this at yours, or my place?
It’s been so long
Since I been with somebody
Like a million years
Now you’re here on Earth
You’re here, you’re here
Somewhere here on Earth
And I like it, I like it
I know you hear me
Like a whisper in your ear
You don’t have to fear me
You’re everything I hold so dear
I know you already love me
You’re probably just to cool to say
Somebody somewhere put you down
But that’s ok, that’s ok
‘Cause whatever you feel
It’s time to heal
No, no more hurt
As long as I’m here on Earth.


Why Warner Brothers Didn’t Want to Release ‘Kiss’ as a Prince Single

“Kiss was a runaway hit considering the fact that Warner Brothers didn’t want to release it as a single after Prince added it to “Parade” at the last minute.
Admitedly the track had humble beginnings. A Warner Brothers executive reportedly described the song being “done in a basement”.

Here’s the story: “Kiss” started as a one minute acoustic demo that Prince gave to the funk band Mazarati for their debut album. Mazarati and producer David Z did some major surgery to the simple track and stripped it down to the bare minimum then delivered it back to Prince.
When Prince heard the updated version he thought it was so good he took it back for himself.
(Cause he’s Prince) He replaced their lead vocal, added the guitar break in the chorus and played his own drums. Originally, the song had a bassline to be congruent with other tracks on the album but was removed. Mazarati were credited for their backing vocals, which Prince left intact.

You don’t have to be beautiful to turn me on
I just need your body, baby, from dusk ’til dawn
You don’t need experience to turn me out
You just leave it all up to me, I’m gonna show you what it’s all about

You don’t have to be rich to be my girl
You don’t have to be cool to rule my world
Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with
I just want your extra time and your kiss

[Verse 2]
You got to not talk dirty, baby, if you wanna impress me
You can’t be too flirty, mama, I know how to undress me
I want to be your fantasy, maybe you could be mine
You just leave it all up to me, we could have a good time

You don’t have to be rich to be my girl
You don’t have to be cool to rule my world
Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with
I just want your extra time and your kiss

Yes, oh, I think I wanna dance, uh
Gotta, gotta, oh
Little Girl Wendy’s Parade
Gotta, gotta, gotta

[Verse 3]
Women, not girls, rule my world, I said they rule my world
Act your age, mama, not your shoe size, maybe we could do the twirl
You don’t have to watch Dynasty to have an attitude
You just leave it all up to me, my love will be your food

You don’t have to be rich to be my girl
You don’t have to be cool to rule my world
Ain’t no particular sign I’m compatible with!
I just want your extra time and your kiss


God Made Us All Equally ~ Prince

God was released as the b-side of Purple Rain in 1984. The single is also known as the “Love Theme From Purple Rain” because a 7:54 instrumental version can be heard in the movie.
In 1993, the vocal version was included on The B-Sides compilation.
Critics call “God” overtly religious and one of Prince’s most religious tracks because the opening lines site lines from Genesis, the first book of the Bible.
Prince was known for weaving religious themes throughout his work. It wasn’t the first time he mentioned God in a track, and because of his strong religious conviction, it wouldn’t be the last.

In the beginning, there was God
He made the earth, and the heavens
He gave us light to rule the day
And another light to rule the night

The Lord, thy God
Made, He made the seas
He made the fruit upon the trees
When He saw, when He saw that it was good

He made a man, made a man
Only He could, only He could
God made you
God made me too
He made us all
Made us all equally

Now you say
God made you
God made me
He made us all equally

Wake up children
Dance the Dance Electric
There isn’t much time
Who screamed?
Was it you?

Rare Clip of “The Artist” Jamming with Lenny Kravitz in 1994

“The Artist” jams with Lenny Kravitz at The Palladium in New York on July 13, 1994. (In 1994 Prince had changed his name and was known as “The Artist”)
Both musicians are incredibly talented and this 1994 clip of them jamming to “Peach” doesn’t really show the range of what they both can do.
Lenny tries to follow the patterns but just like everyone else who tried to jam with Prince, he just has to guess what the cues are and hope for the best.
In the video, Lenny stands close to Prince in an attempt to hear the music and match the notes. But I imagine trying to play with the master is not only intimidating but extremely difficult if you don’t get any cues ahead of time. Near the end of the video Prince seemed to get tired of playing it safe and showed out as he always does!

The two musicians played together countless times. Lenny Kravitz says Prince was one of his biggest influences, and also one of his dearest friends.
Kravitz says he met Prince in 1990 shortly after his rock anthem “Let Love Rule” topped the charts.

Kravitz told Rolling Stone:

“We played music together quite a bit. When I was on tour, he would show up and play. Most of this was before camera and video cellphones, so there’s not a lot out there of it. But if we were a couple of cities apart on tour, we’d do an after-show together at a club. It was fun since we’d jump around to different instruments. I’d play drums and he’d play guitar and then I’d come and play guitar and he’d play bass or keyboards. I would sing. He would sing. Those were fun times.
Over the years have hung out all over the world, playing together at many late-night after-parties and Paisley Park jam sessions.”

The most noteworthy time the two played together was the “Rave Un2 the Year 2000” concert at Paisley Park.
Everyone watched in awe as the two rocked out to Lenny’s Classic’s “Fly Away” and “American Woman.”
But, the moment almost didn’t happen.
Lenny was in the Bahamas for Christmas vacation when Prince called to ask him to play the New Year’s Eve show in Minneapolis. Lenny had just gotten off tour and didn’t want to leave the warmth of the Bahamas. Who could blame him? In December 1999, it was snowing in Minneapolis and temperatures were below zero.
But it was Prince so he agreed and chartered a private plane to make the trip. He says Prince kept him awake for two days before the performance.
Kravitz says:

“If you watch the video I seem a little out of it and I’m low-energy. My voice wasn’t really in great form. No excuses, but I stayed up for two days and I was done. I was like, “This guy is a vampire! How does he do it?” His energy was beyond anybody’s energy I’d ever met.”

“The Vault” may contain countless jam sessions between the two musicians.
Lenny Kravitz says spending time at Paisley Park was incredible and Prince recorded everything.
Kravitz told Rolling Stone:

“We’d come up with grooves, just instrumental stuff. He would film it and record it. He called them “mementos” and hand me a cassette when we were done. This is before printing CDs. He’d say, “This is just for you. I have the master tape here and I’m gonna lock it up.
He didn’t want to show people or exploit it. It was just for us. It was a moment we knew about and nobody else. That’s really cool, man. Everything isn’t for business. It’s for the sake of doing it. It’s about the art, the moment, the memory and the experience. I think that’s beautiful.”

Whether we hear any of the vault jam sessions between Prince and Lenny Kravitz remain to be seen. Right now, getting anything cleared at Paisley Park seems to take six court hearings and an act of God.

ref: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lenny-kravitz-on-prince-i-feel-like-a-piece-of-me-died-20160427



Prince: I’m so lost, no one can find me “Solo”

prince gif come solo

1994’s “Solo” was released on his 15th album “Come”
The track is a poem about loss written by David H. Hwang.
He received a writing co-credit & a Gold album for his efforts but was not paid for his contribution.
The poem was supposed to be part of a stage musical project that was never realized.

So low, the curb looks like a skyscraper
So high, the stars are under me
So quiet, I can hear the blood rushing through my veins
So low, I feel like I’m going insane The angels,
they watch in wonder When you made love to me
Through the rain and the thunder
You cried in ecstacy And you were so kind I felt sorry for all creation
Because at the time, no one was lucky No one was lucky,
no one was lucky as me
And now you’re gone and I just wanna be still So silent,
I’ll just let my senses sleep
It’s going to be so hard to hear my voice
If I ever learn once more to speak
I’m so lost, no one can find me
And I’ve been looking for so long
But now I’m done I’m so low, solo, my name is no-one.

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THE X’S FACE #PRINCE Released March 2015

The song is featured on his thirty-eighth studio album “Hit n Run Phase One.” The album was first released exclusively on the Tidal on September 7, 2015.
So, which X is he talking about?
Who knows! #Prince has too many to count.

#Prince used a banana analogy in “Let’s Go Crazy” with the line “Look for the purple banana til they put us in the truck.”
He references a banana again in “X’s Face.”
The lyric: “Go on and take that banana, take it. Get it, I said you can have it” sounds like he’s calling his X a promiscuous opportunist & that she was way too busy being vicious to realize she was being set up.

Have you heard any other interpretations?

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A few months ago or maybe it was years,
twas a heartbreak, so many tears
How is she gonna make it out here on her own
A body like that should never be alone
A kiss on the stairway, another man’s embrace
How was she to know just what was taking place
Too busy with the jugular and how it tastes
To remember what she saw in the x’s face
The x’s face
The x’s face
Long time ago or maybe yesterday
You and I in a chariot on our way
To a purple celebration from what we learn
That for every battle won there are scars and burns
For every broken heart there is another will mend
Who needs enemies when you’ve got friends
For every open door there is something in the way
last time we checked it was the x’s face
The x’s face
Everybody know about the x’s face
Black don’t crack, beige don’t age
Gone take that banana then get back to your cage
Oh lawd

The x’s face
Gone and take that banana, take it
The ex’s face
Get it, I said you can have it
The x’s face

“Slow Love” & the Effect It Has On Ladies

“Slow Love” was released on the “Sign of the Times” album released on March 31, 1987.  The album produced three Top 10 singles:

Sign “O” The Times (No. 3)

“U Got The Look” (No. 2) &

“I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” (No. 10)

“Slow Love is a magical track that some fans missed when it was first released.  Its sultry lyrics tell of a lover pleading his case for slowing things down for maximum passion.   Under the YouTube post one fan says:


“This girl i had listen to this told me this get her wet >:) who else.”

Slow Love Comments on Youtube

Who else but Prince indeed:

Sign O’ the Times (1987)

“Slow Love” Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Young is the night
It feels so right
Now that you are mine
Let’s take our time
The man in the moon is smiling
For he knows what I’m dreaming of
Tonight is the night for making slow love
The gentle breeze
It blows with ease
Let’s make IT slow
Just like the wind blows
Let’s make IT last forever
For a hundred times won’t be enough
Tonight is the night for making slow love

Slow love
So much better when we take it easy
Slow love
So much better when we take our time

[Verse 2]
Love’s in your eyes (in your eyes)
Eyes never lie
Don’t rush the feeling
You’ve got me reeling
You can see through race car drivers
Let me show you what I’m made of
Tonight is the night for making slow love

Slow love
So much better when we take it easy
Slow love
So much better when we take our time