Something In The Water (Does Not Compute): Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 42 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Josh Norman from The Mountains & the Sea podcast joins me discuss the lyrics (and delivery!) of melancholy, sparse and emotionally fraught track, “Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)” from Prince’s 5th album, 1999.

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!


4 thoughts on “Something In The Water (Does Not Compute): Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast

  1. Another great podcast. I like how its mentioned that Prince admits defeat. I would say up to this point in his career its his most emotionally vulnerable relatable songs. The music accompanying it leads to it being a bare bones confessional. The idea of being rejected by someone you are pining for is something all of us experience.

    1. Thank you for the kind words about the podcast. I would definitely agree that early on in his career, Prince is at his most emotionally vulnerable, especially when singing about the opposite sex. You see glimpses of this vulnerability from time to time later, but more typically, Prince plays the cool, confident lover-man role instead. Likely mirroring his own personal growth from a young, insecure man in his early 20’s to a successful, accomplished man in his 30’s.

  2. Did you pick up on how Prince seemed to get physical with the girl after he said Bitch ? There is some thing in the mix where it sounds like he grabs someone.

    1. I pick it up when I hear it too. It does sound like he’s hit a button on his drum machine to make a smacking sound, but not a clear “hand to flesh” sound. Just something a lot more subtle and possibly even menacing. But only if you’re paying close attention. It can’t be accidental based on the timing of the sound right after he says “bitch, you think you’re special”. You may be on to something when you suggest it sounds like he’s grabbing someone to get their attention.

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