Around the World In a Day: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast

On Episode 64 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Farooq Ansari (@anti-social on Twitter) and I join Prince on a a trip “Around the World In a Day”, the first track from the album of the same name. “Open your heart, open your mind” as we attempt to digest how Prince got here and where he plans to take us over the course of his 7th 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!

3 thoughts on “Around the World In a Day: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast

  1. Thank you again brother for another great episode. You gave me some insight on this album and title song that I was not aware of before. First I did not know the title song referenced other songs from the album. Also, i never considered the album to be a concept album. I get some of the concept of it but could you elaborate on what you think the total concept was ? You made me appreciate the song and album more but I’m still not a fan of the album. It was a bold move to follow up Purple Rain with this , but I think its not a great record. It just doesn’t have the same energy as previous Prince albums. There’s not a lot of fun vibrant moments on it. Too many cuts on here are somber, slow paced, and cryptic. Also, the title song is the weakest lead off to a Prince album thus far. Unless you count For You.

    1. Ondrai, thank you for taking the time to respond and write me here! To answer your question, I feel that there’s a “loose” concept of Prince looking from within to find inner peace, and continuing on his spiritual path. Much of this concept appears to bookend the album, with songs like Around the World In a Day and Paisley Park leading the album off and giving us an idea that Prince is headed down a different path to enlightenment and wants us to all join him. He takes some detours along the way and returns to show us how he finds his spiritual path on The Ladder and Temptation. The concept isn’t super focused or is he committed to it for the entire album, but I feel Prince was really trying to retreat a bit from the spotlight and when one retreats from the public, they often look within to find their next artistic direction. I personally love the album Around the World In a Day, and would easily place it in my top 10 Prince albums. I totally understand why it may not appeal to all for the exact reasons you cited for it not really connecting with you. It’s all good though and thank you again for listening to the show and letting me know you’re enjoying the ride as much as I am.


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