Category Archives: Prince

Pop Life: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 70 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, author and blogger Laura Tiebert joins me to work through the snarky, yet somewhat optimistic lyrics to Prince’s top 10 hit, “Pop Life” from Around the World In a Day. Laura also theorizes what the startling crowd noise stems from and how it relates to the title of the song.

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!


America: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 69 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, writer Zachary Hoskins (princesongs.org) joins me to discuss the “too patriotic for the left and too critical for the right” track, “America”, from Prince’s 7th album, Around the World In a Day. Why doesn’t Jimmy pledge allegiance? Let’s discuss.

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!


Tamborine: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 68 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Snax (snaxonline.org), and I talk about masturbation…as it relates to Prince’s funky metaphor filled “Tamborine” from his 7th album, Around the World In a Day. There are lines that continue to confound us (“trolley cars?”) and lines that certainly make it clear Prince is in a sexual rut (“long days, lonely nights”), but we both agree the song is hilarious and deserves discussion.

You can find more about Snax & his music  using the links below.

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!


Raspberry Beret: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 67 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Karen Shedrick & I chat about the lyrics to one of Prince’s most memorable and beloved ’80s tracks, “Raspberry Beret”. What new insight could possibly be gleaned from a song that everyone knows by heart? Well, how about some misheard lyrics? Or different interpretations of what the overarching theme of the song is (a song about losing virginity vs. a song about the first time with a new girl)? We try to cover it all in this episode!

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!


Condition of the Heart: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 66 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Jerry Bonner (@JBonner71) and I get deep into our feels over Prince’s emotional and impactful ballad, “Condition of the Heart” from the Around the World In a Day album. Jerry relates a personal story of life imitating art and we try to assess who these women could be, including the “woman from the ghetto who made funny faces”.

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!


Paisley Park: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 65 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I am once again joined by Julian Long to help me parse through the at times whimsical & cheerful, and other times dark & melancholy, but always fascinating, “Paisley Park”. The titular record label as well as studio/home/concert venue that Prince would soon have built for himself in Chanhassen, MN was named after a song from Prince’s 7th studio album, Around the World In a Day. Come to the park and play with us as we chat about the lyrics to this brilliant & meaningful song.

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!


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!


4 The Tears In Your Eyes: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 63 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I take a somber approach in discussing the equally somber track, “4 the Tears In Your Eyes”, originally recorded for the We Are the World charity album. Prince uses the Bible as his primary lyrical inspiration while delivering beautiful acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies with Wendy & Lisa for the Live Aid performance.

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!


Another Lonely Christmas: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 62 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Todd Sanzone (@tsanzone513) & I experience a sad and depressing Christmas in May through the lyrics to Prince’s B-side, “Another Lonely Christmas”. We drink some banana daiquiris, have a good cry and try to figure out what this poor girl died from (pneumonia? stress? strep?)

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!


God: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 61 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I pore over the biblical lyrics in the strange yet arresting vocal acrobatic exercise that Prince gives us on “God”, the B-side to the massive pop hit, “Purple Rain”. Is Prince sermonizing, teaching Bible Study or finally…finally….giving us a completely naked example of his spirituality without all the metaphors & hidden meanings?

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!


Erotic City: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 60 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I am again joined by Farooq Ansari (@anti-social on Twitter) to discuss the sleazy, robotic funk of “Erotic City”. Arguably Prince’s best and most well-known B-side to the iconic “Let’s Go Crazy”. Enter the Garden of Hedonism with us to talk about this Prince and Sheila E masterpiece.

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!


17 Days: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 59 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Karen Shedrick & I talk at length about one of Prince’s most popular B-sides, “17 Days”. Let the rain come down, down and wallow in the misery with us. Just grab those 2 cigarettes first.

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!


Purple Rain: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 58 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Eloy Lasanta from the Prince’s Friend YouTube channel joins me to discuss his own journey into some of the deeper meanings behind the lyrics to “Purple Rain”. As the title track to the soundtrack and film of the same name, there’s plenty here to discuss. The Purple Pied Piper implores us to join him in the purple rain by crafting a song that is at once sad, joyous, melancholy and uplifting. This is the rare song that can do all of that plus melt our faces with an awesome guitar solo.

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!


Baby I’m A Star: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 57 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Josh Norman from The Mountains & the Sea podcast joins me to chat about the self fulfilling prophecy that Prince puts forth on the fun exercise that is “Baby I’m A Star” off the Purple Rain soundtrack.

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!


I Would Die 4 U: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 56 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Erica Thompson (APurpleDayInDecember.com) and I talk about the various interpretations of one of the more surprisingly complex songs from Purple Rain. “I Would Die 4 U” has fascinating lyrical content (and a pretty damn catchy beat and dance moves) so we try to cover as many angles as we can when discussing what Prince may have been thinking about when writing this song.

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!


When Doves Cry: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 55 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, fellow Prince writer Zachary Hoskins of the DMSR blog (princesongs.org) joins me to discuss the familial and romantic dramas presented to us for the Purple Rain film in the musically compelling and massively popular “When Doves Cry”.

What does it sound like when doves cry? Beautifully strange as it turns out.

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!


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!


Computer Blue: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 53 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Jerry Bonner (@JBonner71) and I discuss the longer, alternate “Hallway Speech” version of “Computer Blue” which was originally released on the Purple Rain soundtrack. Wendy & Lisa set the progressive & experimental tone for the track with their iconic spoken word opening before Prince & the Revolution take this song to epic highs. What exactly is the message being communicated during the Hallway Speech? We break it all down for you in this episode.

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!


The Beautiful Ones: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 52 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I welcome Leslie Ballard back to the show to discuss the emotionally fraught “The Beautiful Ones” off Prince’s Purple Rain album. We both agree that this particular song is a highlight not only for the album and the film, but as one of Prince’s most memorable tracks over his entire career. Is it the lyrics, the music, the performance or that amazing scream at the end? Probably all of the above, but please check out the episode anyway!

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!


Take Me With U: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 51 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I am joined by new podcast guest, Julian Long, to geek out on the sweet ballad “Take Me With U” from Purple Rain. Is Apollonia able to reach that place in Prince/The Kid that is calling out her name? Does Prince/The Kid, sweep Apollonia off her feet and take her away, possibly to a frigid Minnesota lake? We dissect this classic song from the soundtrack and hope to uncover new aspects along the way.

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!


Let’s Go Crazy: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 50 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I’m joined by Christy Norman from The Mountains & the Sea and Killer Fun podcasts to decipher our interpretations of Prince-isms such as “purple banana”, “de-elevator”, and “Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright” which can be found on “Let’s Go Crazy”, the opening track of the world dominating album, Purple Rain.

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!


Irresistible Bitch: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 49 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, the musician Snax (snaxonline.org), and I talk about the dark and foreboding 1999 era B-side, “Irresistible Bitch”. Prince is being used, abused and treated like dirt….but he still comes back for more. A tale of masochistic obsession and terminology ownership happens to also be one of the coolest songs in Prince’s discography.

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!


Horny Toad: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 48 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, fellow blogger Zachary Hoskins (PrinceSongs.org) joins me to chat about the ridiculous, ballsy, yet still somehow enjoyable 1999 era B-side, “Horny Toad”. Prince delivers a winking nod to his nasty persona throughout the song’s lyrics and we cover it line by deviant line.

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!


How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 47 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Prince’s gets emotionally raw with us on his piano and a microphone break-up ballad, “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore”. The “1999” B-side gave us a glimpse of Prince we hadn’t seen much of before. It’s just 1 lousy dime…pick up the phone and call me sometime.

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!


International Lover: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 46 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, things get steamy when I discuss the lyrics to the sensual, seductive, and playful “International Lover” off Prince’s 1999 album. It’s an iconic ballad that, along with “Do Me, Baby”, established the Prince brand of balladry to be used as a template for countless artists. Climb aboard the Seduction 747!

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!


All The Critics Love U In New York: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 45 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I welcome first time guest, Leslie Ballard, to the show to discuss “All The Critics Love U In New York” off Prince’s 1999 album. We touch on some of the early critical praise that Prince was receiving at this point in his career and how it might have fed into the cynicism evident throughout the song’s lyrics. We also attempt to dissect Prince’s repeated disdain for “hippies” and what we really think he could have been referring to. We also freely admit that we might have no clue what is truly being addressed in this track…but we try!

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!


Lady Cab Driver: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 44 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Karen Shedrick & I dive into “Lady Cab Driver”, the sex-as-therapy offering from Prince’s breakthrough album, 1999. Everyone seems to focus on the middle section of this song, and we definitely do as well! There’s a LOT going on and we’re not just talking about Jill Jones vocal performance.

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!


Free: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 43 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, author and blogger Laura Tiebert and I talk about the beautifully inspirational “Free” from Prince’s 1999 album. This track can be a deeply personal one depending on your perspective and background. Hopefully, we do the lyrics justice and provide an opportunity for the listener to apply their own definition of freedom as they listen.

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!


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!


Automatic: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 41 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I am joined by first-time podcast guest Farooq Ansari to discuss the cold, robotic funk of “Automatic” from Prince’s 5th album, 1999. Is Prince descending into madness over his inability to shake off a bad relationship? What does the ending mean? Of course, we don’t really know, but we sure had fun offering up some thoughts on this standout track!

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!


D.M.S.R.: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 40 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Christy Norman from The Mountains & the Sea and Killer Fun podcasts joins me discuss the straightforward (dance! music! sex! romance!) and arcane (Who is Jamie Starr? Why is there a woman crying for help?) in the epic party that is “D.M.S.R.” 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!


Let’s Pretend We’re Married: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 39 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Erica Thompson (APurpleDayInDecember.com) joins me to break down the at times equally traditional, profane & religious (?!?!) “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” off Prince’s 1999 album. I also bring back Jerry Bonner to share a story about how he was blown away by the utterly shocking use of the “F” word to describe sex & how he decided to share this revelation with schoolmates.

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!


Delirious: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 38 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Jerry Bonner (@JBonner71) and I take “Delirious” out for a little ride, up and down, in and out around it’s lake. Prince’s rockabilly style combined with the ear-worm synth hook of the year is on full display for this top 10 track off 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!


Little Red Corvette: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



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!


1999: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 36 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I work through the lyrics to Prince’s massive hit single, “1999” off his equally massive double album of the same name. Have we learned anything from a song about fear of annihilation in the nearly 40 years since it’s recording? Not really….we could still all die any day.

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!


Gotta Stop (Messin’ About): Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 35 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I cover the very first non-album B-side in Prince’s career, “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)”. This was the B-side to the “Let’s Work” 12″ remix and was a non-album A-side in the UK! What’s the song all about though?

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!


Jack U Off: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 34 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, blogger Zachary Hoskins (princesongs.org) joins me to discuss the ridiculous and bawdy closing track, “Jack U Off” from Prince’s Controversy 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!


Annie Christian: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 33 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Jerry Bonner and I tackle “Annie Christian”, one of the more lyrically interesting songs of Prince’s early catalog. What other track can lay claim to speaking about murder, mayhem, corruption and the anti-Christ? All with a call and response chorus to boot! Come join us on a trip back to the headline grabbing events of 1981 for this Controversy album deep cut.

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!


Let’s Work: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 32 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I go it alone to talk about the catchy as hell dance track “Let’s Work” from his Controversy album. This song is notable for being the first Prince 12″ to feature a significant remix plus a non-album B-side!

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!


Ronnie, Talk to Russia: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 31 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, blogger Zachary Hoskins (princesongs.org) joins me to talk about the state of U.S. and Soviet Union relations in 1981, presidential assassination attempts, the Nicaraguan Sandinistas and Prince’s stab at political commentary on “Ronnie, Talk to Russia” from his Controversy 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!


Private Joy: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 30 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, author and blogger Laura Tiebert joins me to talk about the inspiration behind “Private Joy” as well as some of the quirkiness that can be found within the lyrics of this upbeat pop track from Prince’s Controversy 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!


Do Me, Baby: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 29 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I go it alone to talk through the lyrical structure of “Do Me, Baby” from his album Controversy, as basically an 8 minute sexual act put to music while also dissecting Prince’s choice to play the passive role as the song’s subject.

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!


Sexuality: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 28 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Erica Thompson (APurpleDayInDecember.com) & I dig deep into hidden (and not so hidden) meanings and discuss Prince’s call to action for the Controversy track, “Sexuality”.

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!


Controversy: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 27 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Karen Shedrick & I kick off the Controversy album by discussing the myriad of themes Prince addresses in this classic title track. Themes not only meant for this one particular song, but themes that permeated the entire 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!


Listener Feedback Vol. 1



On Episode 26.5 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I take a brief break from going track by track in order to address a couple of recent listener comments. One is a necessary and clarifying interpretation of some of “Soft & Wet’s” most indecipherable lyrics and the other is an important take on “Sister”, interpreting the lyrics to this track from the standpoint of emotional abuse.

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!


Partyup: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 26 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, author and blogger Laura Tiebert joins me to talk about “Partyup”. Laura provides some interesting back stories about the song that she uncovered while co-authoring the Prince biography, “The Rise of Prince: 1958-1988”. This funky protest song is the last track on Prince’s 3rd album, Dirty Mind.

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!


Sister: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 25 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, the brave and noble Zachary Hoskins from the Dance/Music/Sex/Romance blog at PrinceSongs.org joins me again to talk about “Sister”, one of the most “WTF” tracks of Prince’s career. This controversial song can be found on Prince’s 3rd album, Dirty Mind.

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!


Head: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 24 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Zachary Hoskins from the Dance/Music/Sex/Romance blog at PrinceSongs.org joins me to talk about “Head”, one of the filthiest and funkiest tracks from Prince’s 3rd album, Dirty Mind.

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!


Uptown: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 23 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Christy from The Mountains & the Sea and Killer Fun podcasts joins me to talk a little about the physical location but primarily the metaphor of a place where you can be yourself and everyone can celebrate our differences in “Uptown” from Prince’s 3rd album, Dirty Mind.

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!


Gotta Broken Heart Again: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 22 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Karen Shedrick joins me again to discuss Prince’s relationship woes on the bluesy “Gotta Broken Heart Again” from his 3rd album, Dirty Mind. We also offer up our own interpretations of what the loud bang at the end of the song signifies!

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!


Do It All Night: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 21 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Christy from The Mountains & the Sea and Killer Fun podcasts joins me to discuss what “it” means and how Prince intends to convince a pretty lady that he’s the guy to do “it” with on “Do It All Night” from his 3rd album, Dirty Mind.

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!


When You Were Mine: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 20 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Jerry Bonner returns to discuss what the hell is going through Prince’s tortured mind on “When You Were Mine”, one of the most covered tracks on Prince’s “Dirty Mind” 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!


Dirty Mind: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 19 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I kick off discussing Prince’s 3rd album with the title track “Dirty Mind”. I also attempt to explain why this was my favorite Prince album of the 90s (and yes, I know it was released in 1980).

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!


It’s Gonna Be Lonely: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 18 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Karen Shedrick (@kashed) and I talk about the final song on Prince’s self-titled second album, “It’s Gonna Be Lonely”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


I Feel For You: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 17 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I talk about one of Prince’s most popular non-singles, “I Feel For You”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Still Waiting: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 16 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I talk about “Still Waiting”, a sweet, forlorn ballad about being sad and lonely.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Bambi: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 15 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Karen Shedrick (@kashed) & I talk about “Bambi”, the hard rockin’ tale of a boy trying to convince a lesbian that that he’s a more suitable mate.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


With You: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 14 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I talk about “With You”, a ballad that Jill Jones covered on her 1987 solo 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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


When We’re Dancing Close and Slow: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 13 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I get real intimate with the super-sexy ballad “When We’re Dancing Close and Slow”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Sexy Dancer: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 12 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I discuss the lyrical content of one of Prince’s least lyrical early tracks, “Sexy Dancer”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 11 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I welcome guest host Jerry Bonner to help me discuss another one of Prince’s best known songs from the 70s, “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


I Wanna Be Your Lover: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 10 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I cover Prince’s biggest hit from the 70s, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


I’m Yours: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 9 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I cover the audacious rock n’ roll of “I’m Yours”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


So Blue: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 8 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I cover the pensive and slightly depressing, “So Blue”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


My Love Is Forever: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 7 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I cover one of my personal favorites, the underrated seventh track on “For You”, “My Love Is Forever”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Baby: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 6 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I take on the heavier subject matter of “For You’s” sixth track, “Baby”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Just As Long As We’re Together: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 5 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I tackle “For You’s” fifth track, “Just As Long As We’re Together”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Crazy You: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 4 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I tackle “For You’s” fourth track, “Crazy You”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Soft and Wet: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 3 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I dive into “For You’s” third track and the most well known song from Prince’s debut album, “Soft & Wet”.

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


In Love: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 2 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I dive into the second track from Prince’s debut album, “In Love”

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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Intro/For You: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



In my introductory episode for the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I spend some time explaining the premise of the show as well as discussing Prince’s very first track, “For You”.

The purpose of Press Rewind – A Prince Lyrics Podcast 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
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!