The movie clip of Prince on a piano playing a deconstructed version of “Purple Rain” has always been a fan favorite.

A simple piano version of “Purple Rain” is also the last song Prince played live as the closing number for his April 14, 2016 concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. He died a week later.
Most fans try not to imagine him being physically gone because he lives on through his music and the many lives he touched. Die-hard fans continue to honor his work and work to create a new generations of fans. If you’re reading this you are probably one of them.

So, why do you think the song “Purple Rain” makes people so emotional?  Is it the lyrics? Or is the emotion tied to the dramatic turning point in the movie?

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Perhaps it has a lot to do with something Prince was outrageously great at doing. He had a way of using each song to show the listener themselves. Many Prince tracks & lyrics relate everything to the common human experience. The scenes in the movie leading up to the song are very dramatic.Gunshot_2.gif

“The Kid” was grappling with his father’s attempted suicide which had happened less than 24-hours before his band had to play well enough to keep from being deleted from the club line-up.  “The Kid” also had worries about his parents and his own tendencies towards domestic violence. His potential girlfriend had also just left him in dramatic fashion.

In my opinion, the song “Purple Rain” is emotional because people see themselves in the lyrics; “I never meant to cause you any trouble, I never meant to cause you any pain.” Everyone at some point and time in their lives has had a reason to utter those humble words. Whether the words come out as eloquently as a Prince lyric is questionable but the sentiment is there. It seems “The Kid” turned the pain, worry, and heartbreak into a milkshake of musical therapy and called it”Purple Rain.”

Genius describes the events leading up to the title track as:

“Prince is trying to learn how to become a responsible boyfriend, musician, and leader. But he is also coming to the realization that his father had the same dream and failed – and instead became a bitter, violent wreck. Prince realizes that he still loves his father, despite all the pain he caused the family, and that the secret is believing in yourself rather than demanding that others believe in you.”

It’s difficult to motivate oneself to turn tragedy into triumph on a daily basis.  The audience could see that “The Kid” was flawed and displayed heavy influences from his father who seemed to be mentally disturbed.  But most audiences love an underdog story and everyone was pulling for “The Kid” to turn things around.  The raw emotion from the song and the movie stir up common feelings.  Sometimes in life, the despair digs down so deep it seems there’s no place to go but up.  If everyone could channel negative emotions into our own sweet & delicious “Purple Rain,” perhaps we could always live in a world of never-ending happiness.

[Verse 1]
I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain

[Verse 2]
I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain

[Verse 3]
Honey, I know, I know, I know times are changing
It’s time we all reach out for something new, that means you too
You say you want a leader
But you can’t seem to make up your mind
I think you better close it and let me guide you to the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain, wooo!
If you know what I’m singing about up here
Come on raise your hand
Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you
I only want to see you in the purple rain

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