Prince Lyrics Podcast – Little Red Corvette



On Episode 37 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, fellow blogger Zachary Hoskins (princesongs.org) joins me to chat about one of the most significant songs of Prince’s career, the enduring and flat out phenomenal “Little Red Corvette” from the 1999 album.

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!


5 thoughts on “Prince Lyrics Podcast – Little Red Corvette

  1. Great analyses, you guys!

    My take on the used condom analogy:

    When this song came out I was on the cusp of adolescence. Some of my classmates, more aware of these maters than I was at the time, broke down the lyrics for me. There was no doubt in their mind that Prince was indeed talking about a woman with used condoms in her pocket. And the Corvette in question was definitely a vagina.

    We dug it. We thought it was just Prince being super nasty and added to his appeal as a sex freak, which at that age was very appealing.

    The beauty of the lyrics, as you succinctly pointed out, is that such lyrics are open to interpretation. The best, most enduring lyrics, always are.

    And yup. I thought ‘Prince’ was a band, too, when this was on the radio!

    1. Glad to hear I wasn’t the only one to think Prince was a band! I have to admit, for most of my life, I believed Prince was literally talking about used condoms and it was only recently that I second guessed myself and thought, “no…..you couldn’t have really meant that in the literal sense, could he?”

      Anyway, thanks for listening and I know sometimes I miss the mark on my lyrical analysis but as long as listeners like yourself are willing to chime in with different perspectives, then it’s all good!

  2. great podcast. My first time hearing that some may have thought Prince was a band. Growing up black and in my pre teens when Prince came out we knew from the jump Prince was a solo artist but I get it. I guess you can look at it in reverse with people thinking Jethro Tull or somebody like that was a solo act. Man it took my cousin and I about 3 years to figure out what he was saying during the girl you got an ass part. It took me another 10 years to determine the limousine line. I was grown and married and one day I was listening to the song while cleaning up. That’s when I figured out what he was saying. Nice job of touching on the fact that Prince was passive in some of his earlier songs. Almost taking on roles normally regulated to females. I think when you were mine would fall in that category.

    1. Thank you for the feedback and I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast! I think the “Prince is a band” idea came into my head simply due to the vocals on 1999 having Dez, Lisa and Prince. There were plenty of bands at the time with multi-vocalists sharing duties in each song, like the Human League, so I guess I jumped to that conclusion. You’re right, he’s definitely taking a passive approach in his relationship in When You Were Mine in addition to the already touched on Do Me, Baby. A theme he wouldn’t stay with for his entire career but definitely revisit every now and then.

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