Category Archives: Sign o’ the Times

Starfish and Coffee: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 94 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Karen Shedrick and I discuss the real story behind the whimsical, child-like story song, “Starfish and Coffee.” Who is Cynthia Rose anyway, and how was Prince able to take a few stories related to him by his girlfriend at the time and turn them into such a fun and strangely uplifting song?

Check out the Press Rewind discord at discord.gg/f8Ueuym and join us in discussing all things Prince.

Press Rewind Podcast can be found @PressRewindPod on Twitter & Instagram. Facebook & YouTube links below.

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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!


It: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 93 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I welcome Roy Turner (@TrickyKid2 on Twitter) of Tricky Kid Media (https://www.facebook.com/TrickyKidRadio/) back to the show to talk with me about the thumping, sexually driven “It” from Sign o’ the Times. Is “It” simply about sexual obsession, or is there more to what Prince is laying down?

Check out Roy’s #PrinceTwitterThread on “It” for more context and fun song dissection.

Check out the Press Rewind discord at discord.gg/f8Ueuym and join us in discussing all things Prince.

Press Rewind Podcast can be found @PressRewindPod on Twitter & Instagram. Facebook & YouTube links below.

https://www.facebook.com/PressRewindPod

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLASnI80eRF7MEY-e8wJMg

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 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.

Angel’s Perfect Chocolate Chip cookies can be found at Daisy Bee Confections.

Be sure to check out Julian’s project, Storytime with Julian (@StorytimeJulian on Twitter & Instagram), a twice-weekly content series dedicated to sharing and spotlighting Black short fiction. Facebook & YouTube links are below.

https://www.facebook.com/StorytimeWithJulian

https://www.youtube.com/c/StorytimeWithJulian/featured

Check out the Press Rewind discord at discord.gg/f8Ueuym and join us in discussing all things Prince.

Press Rewind Podcast can be found @PressRewindPod on Twitter & Instagram. Facebook & YouTube links below.

https://www.facebook.com/PressRewindPod

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLASnI80eRF7MEY-e8wJMg

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!


Housequake: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 91 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Julian Long returns to help me answer the primary question of the show. Does anybody know about the quake? Yeah! We do! I mean, really, really? Julian certainly helps guide me towards the Southern Baptist traditions that Prince was leaning heavily on as Camille, the pulpit-pounding funk exhorter in “Housequake.” It’s the brand new groove going ’round, so grab your dancing shoes and make sure to hydrate before the aftershock hits.

Be sure to check out Julian’s project, Storytime with Julian (@StorytimeJulian on Twitter & Instagram), a twice-weekly content series dedicated to sharing and spotlighting Black short fiction. Facebook & YouTube links are below.

https://www.facebook.com/StorytimeWithJulian

https://www.youtube.com/c/StorytimeWithJulian/featured

Check out the Press Rewind discord at discord.gg/f8Ueuym and join us in discussing all things Prince.

Press Rewind Podcast can be found @PressRewindPod on Twitter & Instagram. Facebook & YouTube links below.

https://www.facebook.com/PressRewindPod

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLASnI80eRF7MEY-e8wJMg

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!


Play In the Sunshine: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 90 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Rhonda Nicole returns to talk to me about one of the more fun and funky songs to follow a dark and ominous opener in album track listing history. The ying to “Sign O’ the Times'” yang, it’s “Play in the Sunshine!”

Make sure to check out Rhonda’s music on Spotify, Bandcamp or through her website, rhondanicole.com.

Check out the Press Rewind discord at discord.gg/f8Ueuym and join us in discussing all things Prince.

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!


Sign o’ the Times: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 89 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, the co-authors of The Rise of Prince: 1978-1988, Alex Hahn & Laura Tiebert join me to talk about “Sign o’ the Times.” This lead single from the double album of the same name used a ripped from the headlines approach to calling out troubling aspects of our society while also ensuring it stayed quirky enough to be a Prince track. Its sparse production was designed to highlight the song’s lyrics, so let’s dig in!

Join Alex and Laura’s Facebook group, Make the House Shake to stay on top of what projects they’re working on and don’t forget to visit Laura’s website to read her blog and sign up for her class in living like Prince!

Check out the Press Rewind discord at discord.gg/f8Ueuym and join us in discussing all things Prince.

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!