Darling Nikki: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 54 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, author and blogger Laura Tiebert and I talk about the infamous, scandalous and downright sexy “Darling Nikki” from Prince’s Purple Rain album. We dig into the cultural significance of the lyrics as both a spark towards the “explicit lyrics” labeling for the music industry AND its depiction of female sexuality. We also dissect the hidden message in the song’s strange and haunting coda and what it might mean in the context of the song and album as a whole.

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!


One thought on “Darling Nikki: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast

  1. Back in 1984, I also attempted to spin the vinyl record backward with my finger in order to hear the “forward” coda of “Darling Nikki”, and like Jason said, it was very difficult. I’m still amazed how Prince was able to harmonize the coda so that it still had a pleasant melody backwards.

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