The Ballad of Dorothy Parker: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast

On Episode 92 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I welcome a new guest, Angel Monique, to chat about one of the greatest story songs in Prince’s career, “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker,” from Sign O’ the Times. We navigate the dream-like stream of consciousness lyrics, debate whether Prince actually knew who Dorothy Parker was when he wrote the song, and generally have a great time talking about a song we both hold in such high esteem.

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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!