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TheTruth123

Songs That Prince Wrote from the Other Person’s Perspective.

Was just re-reading this interview with Jill Jones from 2016, 5 months after Prince’s passing. I’ve always felt people were most clear about describing him back then. In it, Jill says, “What was so great about Prince is that he could stand in your shoes and write something as if it’s from your point of view.”

I knew this, and have always wondered if “I Love You But I Don’t Trust You Anymore” was written from Mayte’s (or someone else’s) perspective.

What a true artist he was.

Any other songs you think he might’ve written from the woman’s or another person’s standpoint?

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Reply #1 posted 08/20/19 10:14pm

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TheTruth123 said:

I knew this, and have always wondered if “I Love You But I Don’t Trust You Anymore” was written from Mayte’s (or someone else’s) perspective.


Uh no. Much of Rave is a big kiss-off to Mayte, including that song. To think it's anything else is short-sighted. The lyrics are pretty clear.

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Reply #2 posted 08/21/19 10:54am

TheTruth123

TrivialPursuit said:



TheTruth123 said:


I knew this, and have always wondered if “I Love You But I Don’t Trust You Anymore” was written from Mayte’s (or someone else’s) perspective.


Uh no. Much of Rave is a big kiss-off to Mayte, including that song. To think it's anything else is short-sighted. The lyrics are pretty clear.



Gee. Thanks for the vote of intellectual confidence.

You can’t see what I mean? That sometimes he wrote from the other person’s perspective — which is the topic?

It is entirely possible he is singing from either of their perspectives at different times during the song.
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Reply #3 posted 08/21/19 11:23am

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Diamonds and Pearls as if God was singing it

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Reply #4 posted 08/21/19 11:44am

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TheTruth123 said:

TrivialPursuit said:



TheTruth123 said:


I knew this, and have always wondered if “I Love You But I Don’t Trust You Anymore” was written from Mayte’s (or someone else’s) perspective.


Uh no. Much of Rave is a big kiss-off to Mayte, including that song. To think it's anything else is short-sighted. The lyrics are pretty clear.



Gee. Thanks for the vote of intellectual confidence.

You can’t see what I mean? That sometimes he wrote from the other person’s perspective — which is the topic?

It is entirely possible he is singing from either of their perspectives at different times during the song.


We see what you mean, but in this instance, it makes no sense. How can the line:" I would never pick the flower of my favourite protege" possibly be from Maytes perspective rather than Princes.
As an actual answer to your question, Prince stated that most of his eponymous second album was written for Patrice Rushen until she rejected it, so possibly some of that (although clearly not Bambi!).
And there's Dreamer.
"Had to get off the boat so I could walk on water..."
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Reply #5 posted 08/21/19 11:48am

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My bad.

I missed the bit about writing it from both perspectives in the same song.
It's possible - but Which lines do you think are from Maytes perspective?
"Had to get off the boat so I could walk on water..."
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Reply #6 posted 08/21/19 11:53am

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Do Me Baby

the Belle of St Mark

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
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Reply #7 posted 08/21/19 4:15pm

TrivialPursuit

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TheTruth123 said:

TrivialPursuit said:


Uh no. Much of Rave is a big kiss-off to Mayte, including that song. To think it's anything else is short-sighted. The lyrics are pretty clear.

Gee. Thanks for the vote of intellectual confidence. You can’t see what I mean? That sometimes he wrote from the other person’s perspective — which is the topic? It is entirely possible he is singing from either of their perspectives at different times during the song.


Except, for that song, he's not. He's singing from his own perspective.

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Reply #8 posted 08/21/19 4:34pm

TheTruth123

TrivialPursuit said:



TheTruth123 said:


TrivialPursuit said:



Uh no. Much of Rave is a big kiss-off to Mayte, including that song. To think it's anything else is short-sighted. The lyrics are pretty clear.



Gee. Thanks for the vote of intellectual confidence. You can’t see what I mean? That sometimes he wrote from the other person’s perspective — which is the topic? It is entirely possible he is singing from either of their perspectives at different times during the song.


Except, for that song, he's not. He's singing from his own perspective.



The “That wasn’t your dress you had on” line. I’ve always wondered if he’s saying he or they both stepped outside of the relationship.
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Reply #9 posted 08/21/19 5:39pm

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I Would Die 4 U...from the perspective of Jesus Christ.
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Reply #10 posted 08/21/19 5:56pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:



Do Me Baby



the Belle of St Mark



Do Me Baby is a possible one since a lot of the words are something a woman might say. Or, it could be Prince’s romantic style.
The Belle of St Mark was written for Sheila to sing right? So he had her change it to say “he” instead of “she”.
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Reply #11 posted 08/21/19 5:57pm

TheTruth123

206Michelle said:

I Would Die 4 U...from the perspective of Jesus Christ.


Yes!
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Reply #12 posted 08/21/19 6:22pm

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TheTruth123 said:

TrivialPursuit said:


Except, for that song, he's not. He's singing from his own perspective.

The “That wasn’t your dress you had on” line. I’ve always wondered if he’s saying he or they both stepped outside of the relationship.


Prince was a philanderer at times. We know Mayte creeped out.

This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
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TheTruth123 said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Do Me Baby

the Belle of St Mark

Do Me Baby is a possible one since a lot of the words are something a woman might say. Or, it could be Prince’s romantic style. The Belle of St Mark was written for Sheila to sing right? So he had her change it to say “he” instead of “she”.

Yeah Do Me Baby's expression is a female 'surrender' to male. The audio end is definately masturbation.

.

Take me baby, kiss me all over, play with my love
Bring out what's been in me for far too long

Here we are looking for a reason
For you to lay me down

.

Yeah The Belle he left it, a Belle is female, not male. This one mixes with 'gender blurring'

belle
/bel/
noun
noun: belle; plural noun: belles
  1. a beautiful girl or woman, especially the most beautiful at a particular event or in a particular group.
    "the belle of the season"
    synonyms: beauty, beautiful woman, dream, vision, picture, pinup, goddess, Venus, siren, charmer, enchantress, seductress;

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
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OldFriends4Sale said:

TheTruth123 said:

OldFriends4Sale said: Do Me Baby is a possible one since a lot of the words are something a woman might say. Or, it could be Prince’s romantic style. The Belle of St Mark was written for Sheila to sing right? So he had her change it to say “he” instead of “she”.

Yeah Do Me Baby's expression is a female 'surrender' to male. The audio end is definately masturbation.

.

Take me baby, kiss me all over, play with my love
Bring out what's been in me for far too long

Here we are looking for a reason
For you to lay me down

.

Yeah The Belle he left it, a Belle is female, not male. This one mixes with 'gender blurring'

belle
/bel/
noun
noun: belle; plural noun: belles
  1. a beautiful girl or woman, especially the most beautiful at a particular event or in a particular group.
    "the belle of the season"
    synonyms: beauty, beautiful woman, dream, vision, picture, pinup, goddess, Venus, siren, charmer, enchantress, seductress;


I wonder if The Belle of St Mark was originally inspired by the St Mark's quadriga that sits at the top of the Arc De Triumph Du Carousel (one of the most famous monuments in Paris).


'Quadrigas were emblems of triumph; Victory or Fame often are depicted as the triumphant woman driving it. In classical mythology, the quadriga is the chariot of the gods; Apollo was depicted driving his quadriga across the heavens, delivering daylight and dispersing the night.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadriga)


'Now, it was Napoleon Bonaparte that commissioned the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to be constructed, and the original chariot with the four horses was actually taken [in 1797, so for approximately 17 years] from the Saint Mark Cathedral in Venice in one of his battles, but these were returned when the Empire fell in 1815 [Battle of Waterloo], so the quadriga you can see today are copies of those Horses of Saint Mark, with the addition of the two allegorical gilded statues each side.'

'The horses of Saint Mark were replaced in 1828 by a quadriga sculpted by Baron François Joseph Bosio, depicting Peace riding in a triumphal chariot led by gilded Victories on both sides.' https://en.wikipedia.org/..._Carrousel

Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict (such as war) and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or heterogeneous (relatively foreign or distinct) groups. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace

Upon closer inspection, we can see that the female driver (goddess of peace) of the quadriga above the monument in Paris is wearing a male toga, a garment of ancient Rome, where the original St Mark's quadriga is from.

This is also an area where a lot of people come to feed pigeons and they often fly over and land on those statues.

Now look at the lyrics of the song again and imagine how Prince would have originally written them based on the above, and it suddenly all clicks into place... I also thought the dark hair and blue-green eyes could have been a reference to jill jones.

Just a thought.


The belle of St. Mark was a frail but a passionate creature
Ebony hair and eyes of deep blue-green
The belle of St. Mark wore clothes that belonged to her father
Even though she was only seventeen

I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
It tears me apart whenever I hear her cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die

You can tell from expressions that she makes public
That she suffers from a badly broken heart
she smiles as she feeds the afternoon pigeons
But she cries as she walks the night streets of St. Mark

I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
It tears me apart whenever I hear her cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die

The belle of St. Mark she don't talk to strangers
she's so mysterious
Her erotic persuasion provokes me like no other woman
The fire I have for her is undoubtedly serious

I must make her see that she needs love to forget
And if anyone can help her, I can
I can help
I can help you

His Paris hair blows in the warm Parisian air
It blows whenever her Paris hair is there
The man who hurt her surely must have trouble sleeping
'Cause the belle of St. Mark is a beauty extraordinary

I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark.
It tears me apart whenever I hear her cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark.
It tears me apart whenever I hear him cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die
If she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die
If she doesn't I'll die



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pigeons-flocking-at-arc-du-carrousel-louvre-liesl-walsh.jpg

[Edited 8/22/19 5:18am]

Open your heart open your mind
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Interesting. Prince used a lot of romantic symbolism with the GL, R1600 music

At this time, Jill was bleach blonde, I never thought of her eyes being blue green. Probably just a song of imagery and tragic romance. But definately a colorful 'movie' of a song

CherryMoon57 said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Yeah Do Me Baby's expression is a female 'surrender' to male. The audio end is definately masturbation.

.

Take me baby, kiss me all over, play with my love
Bring out what's been in me for far too long

Here we are looking for a reason
For you to lay me down

.

Yeah The Belle he left it, a Belle is female, not male. This one mixes with 'gender blurring'

belle
/bel/
noun
noun: belle; plural noun: belles
  1. a beautiful girl or woman, especially the most beautiful at a particular event or in a particular group.
    "the belle of the season"
    synonyms: beauty, beautiful woman, dream, vision, picture, pinup, goddess, Venus, siren, charmer, enchantress, seductress;


I wonder if The Belle of St Mark was originally inspired by the St Mark's quadriga that sits at the top of the Arc De Triumph Du Carousel (one of the most famous monuments in Paris).


'Quadrigas were emblems of triumph; Victory or Fame often are depicted as the triumphant woman driving it. In classical mythology, the quadriga is the chariot of the gods; Apollo was depicted driving his quadriga across the heavens, delivering daylight and dispersing the night.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadriga)


'Now, it was Napoleon Bonaparte that commissioned the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to be constructed, and the original chariot with the four horses was actually taken [in 1797, so for approximately 17 years] from the Saint Mark Cathedral in Venice in one of his battles, but these were returned when the Empire fell in 1815 [Battle of Waterloo], so the quadriga you can see today are copies of those Horses of Saint Mark, with the addition of the two allegorical gilded statues each side.'

'The horses of Saint Mark were replaced in 1828 by a quadriga sculpted by Baron François Joseph Bosio, depicting Peace riding in a triumphal chariot led by gilded Victories on both sides.' https://en.wikipedia.org/..._Carrousel

Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict (such as war) and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or heterogeneous (relatively foreign or distinct) groups. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace

Upon closer inspection, we can see that the female driver (goddess of peace) of the quadriga above the monument in Paris is wearing a male toga, a garment of ancient Rome, where the original St Mark's quadriga is from.

This is also an area where a lot of people come to feed pigeons and they often fly over and land on those statues.

Now look at the lyrics of the song again and imagine how Prince would have originally written them based on the above, and it suddenly all clicks into place... I also thought the dark hair and blue-green eyes could have been a reference to jill jones.

Just a thought.


The belle of St. Mark was a frail but a passionate creature
Ebony hair and eyes of deep blue-green
The belle of St. Mark wore clothes that belonged to her father
Even though she was only seventeen

I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
It tears me apart whenever I hear her cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die

You can tell from expressions that she makes public
That she suffers from a badly broken heart
she smiles as she feeds the afternoon pigeons
But she cries as she walks the night streets of St. Mark

I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
It tears me apart whenever I hear her cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die

The belle of St. Mark she don't talk to strangers
she's so mysterious
Her erotic persuasion provokes me like no other woman
The fire I have for her is undoubtedly serious

I must make her see that she needs love to forget
And if anyone can help her, I can
I can help
I can help you

His Paris hair blows in the warm Parisian air
It blows whenever her Paris hair is there
The man who hurt her surely must have trouble sleeping
'Cause the belle of St. Mark is a beauty extraordinary

I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark.
It tears me apart whenever I hear her cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark.
It tears me apart whenever I hear him cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die
If she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die
If she doesn't I'll die



statues_in_paris_m13DSC03653-2_lrg.jpg

pigeons-flocking-at-arc-du-carrousel-louvre-liesl-walsh.jpg

[Edited 8/22/19 5:18am]

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
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Reply #16 posted 08/22/19 8:53am

PURPLEIZED3121

Prince bootleg demo of Chakas song he wrote: Never be another fool!


"i'll never open my legs again

to a man so insecure"!!!

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Reply #17 posted 08/22/19 12:57pm

TheTruth123

OldFriends4Sale said:



TheTruth123 said:


OldFriends4Sale said:



Do Me Baby



the Belle of St Mark



Do Me Baby is a possible one since a lot of the words are something a woman might say. Or, it could be Prince’s romantic style. The Belle of St Mark was written for Sheila to sing right? So he had her change it to say “he” instead of “she”.



Yeah Do Me Baby's expression is a female 'surrender' to male. The audio end is definately masturbation.


.


Take me baby, kiss me all over, play with my love
Bring out what's been in me for far too long


Here we are looking for a reason
For you to lay me down


.


Yeah The Belle he left it, a Belle is female, not male. This one mixes with 'gender blurring'





belle


/bel/






noun

noun: belle; plural noun: belles







  1. a beautiful girl or woman, especially the most beautiful at a particular event or in a particular group.


    "the belle of the season"





    synonyms:beauty, beautiful woman, dream, vision, picture, pinup, goddess, Venus, siren, charmer, enchantress, seductress;











Yes and a woman could “play with” a man’s “love” too. 😉
But definitely good description of the female surrender. I think that’s was one aspect of prince’s female side.
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He certainly did, I have noticed quite a number of greco-roman references in Prince's work before. I only mentioned JJ (whose natural hair is dark, and eyes, sort of aqua blue) as an additional possibility (plus she is credited for the background vocals on that song). The rest is all there in the song itself though (from the name of the St Mark quadriga to the setting of Paris, the male clothes worn by a 'belle' and even the pigeons lol). Prince's anti-war stance has always been unambiguous and so has the peace promoting aspect of many of his lyrics and visuals (doves, peace symbol, etc). As for 'movie', Under the Cherry Moon also incorporated the majority of the above cultural elements. But I digress...

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OldFriends4Sale said:

Interesting. Prince used a lot of romantic symbolism with the GL, R1600 music

At this time, Jill was bleach blonde, I never thought of her eyes being blue green. Probably just a song of imagery and tragic romance. But definately a colorful 'movie' of a song

CherryMoon57 said:


I wonder if The Belle of St Mark was originally inspired by the St Mark's quadriga that sits at the top of the Arc De Triumph Du Carousel (one of the most famous monuments in Paris).


'Quadrigas were emblems of triumph; Victory or Fame often are depicted as the triumphant woman driving it. In classical mythology, the quadriga is the chariot of the gods; Apollo was depicted driving his quadriga across the heavens, delivering daylight and dispersing the night.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadriga)


'Now, it was Napoleon Bonaparte that commissioned the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to be constructed, and the original chariot with the four horses was actually taken [in 1797, so for approximately 17 years] from the Saint Mark Cathedral in Venice in one of his battles, but these were returned when the Empire fell in 1815 [Battle of Waterloo], so the quadriga you can see today are copies of those Horses of Saint Mark, with the addition of the two allegorical gilded statues each side.'

'The horses of Saint Mark were replaced in 1828 by a quadriga sculpted by Baron François Joseph Bosio, depicting Peace riding in a triumphal chariot led by gilded Victories on both sides.' https://en.wikipedia.org/..._Carrousel

Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict (such as war) and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or heterogeneous (relatively foreign or distinct) groups. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace

Upon closer inspection, we can see that the female driver (goddess of peace) of the quadriga above the monument in Paris is wearing a male toga, a garment of ancient Rome, where the original St Mark's quadriga is from.

This is also an area where a lot of people come to feed pigeons and they often fly over and land on those statues.

Now look at the lyrics of the song again and imagine how Prince would have originally written them based on the above, and it suddenly all clicks into place... I also thought the dark hair and blue-green eyes could have been a reference to jill jones.

Just a thought.


The belle of St. Mark was a frail but a passionate creature
Ebony hair and eyes of deep blue-green
The belle of St. Mark wore clothes that belonged to her father
Even though she was only seventeen

I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
It tears me apart whenever I hear her cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die

You can tell from expressions that she makes public
That she suffers from a badly broken heart
she smiles as she feeds the afternoon pigeons
But she cries as she walks the night streets of St. Mark

I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
It tears me apart whenever I hear her cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die

The belle of St. Mark she don't talk to strangers
she's so mysterious
Her erotic persuasion provokes me like no other woman
The fire I have for her is undoubtedly serious

I must make her see that she needs love to forget
And if anyone can help her, I can
I can help
I can help you

His Paris hair blows in the warm Parisian air
It blows whenever her Paris hair is there
The man who hurt her surely must have trouble sleeping
'Cause the belle of St. Mark is a beauty extraordinary

I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark.
It tears me apart whenever I hear her cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark.
It tears me apart whenever I hear him cry
I'm in love
With the belle of St. Mark
And if she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die
If she doesn't love me I think I'll probably die
If she doesn't I'll die



statues_in_paris_m13DSC03653-2_lrg.jpg

pigeons-flocking-at-arc-du-carrousel-louvre-liesl-walsh.jpg

[Edited 8/22/19 5:18am]

[Edited 8/24/19 3:23am]

Open your heart open your mind
A train is leaving all day
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Reply #19 posted 08/22/19 6:00pm

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TheTruth123 said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Yeah Do Me Baby's expression is a female 'surrender' to male. The audio end is definately masturbation.

.

Take me baby, kiss me all over, play with my love
Bring out what's been in me for far too long

Here we are looking for a reason
For you to lay me down

.

Yeah The Belle he left it, a Belle is female, not male. This one mixes with 'gender blurring'

belle
/bel/
noun
noun: belle; plural noun: belles
  1. a beautiful girl or woman, especially the most beautiful at a particular event or in a particular group.
    "the belle of the season"
    synonyms: beauty, beautiful woman, dream, vision, picture, pinup, goddess, Venus, siren, charmer, enchantress, seductress;

Yes and a woman could “play with” a man’s “love” too. 😉 But definitely good description of the female surrender. I think that’s was one aspect of prince’s female side.

LOL yeah of course a man love stick can be played with lol

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
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Reply #20 posted 08/23/19 3:03am

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Prince wrote the song below from a woman's perspective.

Violet Blue

What's a woman 2 do?
Across the street waits a man she's promised 2
And in her presence is another with eyes of violet blue

All aflame her body when he approaches - steam heat
She closes her eyes, imagines his voice - so sweet, so sweet
11 minutes and she'll be late

What's a woman 2 do?
Across the street waits the man she's promised 2
Indecision reigns and the catalyst: eyes of violet blue

11 minutes 2 love is 2 little, 2 much
I could listen 4ever but if I hear 2 much
It could stay in my mind and all could be lost
If I'm not careful, I'd never want U so

We already lost one minute
4 us that's one more year we got in it
4 us that's one more year things we don't know
11 minutes 2 love

Is he married? One day does he wanna be?
I wish I could tell just from holdin' hands
But with his eyes so gentle, he whispers
Only mental communication is all he wants me 2 hear

Even though I don't want 2
I must leave him now
I can't let him see my tears
Though I turn away and notice the time - it's late
But what's a woman 2 do?
What's a woman 2 do?

The eyes were violet blue {x2}
And I could see 4ever the eyes of violet blue
And that's what a real woman, real woman wants 2 do
(Love) {x4}

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Songwriters: Prince Rogers Nelson
Violet Blue lyrics © Npg Publishing, White Fox Publishing

Open your heart open your mind
A train is leaving all day
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Reply #21 posted 08/23/19 3:19am

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CherryMoon57 said:


I wonder if The Belle of St Mark was originally inspired by the St Mark's quadriga that sits at the top of the Arc De Triumph Du Carousel (one of the most famous monuments in Paris).


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I haven't heard the song you're talking about. However, I would like to thank you for taking the time to provide a deep and well thought-out interpretation. We're all busy and often can't spare more than a few moments to comment on a thread, which is sometimes frustrating when there's a really interesting topic but no one can or wants to engage, but it's always heartening to see a longer, more polished post like yours smile

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Reply #22 posted 08/23/19 3:26am

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SanMartin said:

CherryMoon57 said:


I wonder if The Belle of St Mark was originally inspired by the St Mark's quadriga that sits at the top of the Arc De Triumph Du Carousel (one of the most famous monuments in Paris).


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I haven't heard the song you're talking about. However, I would like to thank you for taking the time to provide a deep and well thought-out interpretation. We're all busy and often can't spare more than a few moments to comment on a thread, which is sometimes frustrating when there's a really interesting topic but no one can or wants to engage, but it's always heartening to see a longer, more polished post like yours smile


Thank you! smile

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Reply #23 posted 08/26/19 2:21am

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Back in the NPGMC days, Sheila E. did a live Q and A for members. I couldn’t resist asking her what the inspiration for Belle of St Mark was, you know, given it was credited to her but she had nothing to do with it. She couldn’t remember...

Love... Thy Will Be Done is not only written from someone else’s perspective, it’s written about Prince. It’s a psychological goldmine for anyone interested in deconstructing it.

To the best of my knowledge, Martika’s only contribution is the line ‘Love, they will be done. I can no longer hide, I can no longer run.’ Prince adds this little nugget....

“I see all of your creations as one perfect complex. No one more beautiful or more special than the next.” I mean how many human beings alive on the planet could that realistically apply to? Even if you think Elton John’s a genius, it doesn’t really work with him inserted instead, does it.

Is Prince projecting a romance with Martika?
Is he projecting his own creative prowess on to Martika?
Is he simply having a moment of mad self admiration?
Is he unaware of how the line doesn’t really apply to anyone else?

You could speculate all day.
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Reply #24 posted 09/11/19 6:15pm

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Aluhv Bria song's
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Reply #25 posted 09/13/19 5:39pm

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TheTruth123 said:

I knew this, and have always wondered if “I Love You But I Don’t Trust You Anymore” was written from Mayte’s (or someone else’s) perspective.


Uh no. Much of Rave is a big kiss-off to Mayte, including that song. To think it's anything else is short-sighted. The lyrics are pretty clear.

Hmmm, I'm not so sure that Rave was a break-up album or kiss-off to Mayte - other than maybe Man O War and The Greatest Romance Ever Sold. Tangerine and Strange But True are about missing a former lover. Hot Wit U and Baby Knows are about wanting to get it on with a hot chick. Everyday Is A Winding Road is Sheryl Crow waxing poetic about going through life. Prettyman is Prince talking about himself. Silly Game was recorded early 1999 when Prince and Mayte were still together, so it seems this songs was also about a former love.

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Interestingly, during his last P&M show he sang ILYBIDTUA, and he sang "I remember meeting you here in the good old days" and then he said, "the 80's" before singing "I would never pick the flower of my favorite protege." So, it seems, at least for that performance, the song was coming from his perspective, and he was singing about a woman that he gave a ring to in the 80's.

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Reply #26 posted 09/13/19 6:05pm

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McD said:

Back in the NPGMC days, Sheila E. did a live Q and A for members. I couldn’t resist asking her what the inspiration for Belle of St Mark was, you know, given it was credited to her but she had nothing to do with it. She couldn’t remember... Love... Thy Will Be Done is not only written from someone else’s perspective, it’s written about Prince. It’s a psychological goldmine for anyone interested in deconstructing it. To the best of my knowledge, Martika’s only contribution is the line ‘Love, they will be done. I can no longer hide, I can no longer run.’ Prince adds this little nugget.... “I see all of your creations as one perfect complex. No one more beautiful or more special than the next.” I mean how many human beings alive on the planet could that realistically apply to? Even if you think Elton John’s a genius, it doesn’t really work with him inserted instead, does it. Is Prince projecting a romance with Martika? Is he projecting his own creative prowess on to Martika? Is he simply having a moment of mad self admiration? Is he unaware of how the line doesn’t really apply to anyone else? You could speculate all day.

I always thought he was referring to God in that lyric - not himself. I never thought the song had anything to do with him and Martika. It was his relationship with and feelings about God.

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Love thy will be done
I can no longer hide, I can no longer run
No longer can I resist Your guiding light
That gives me the power to keep up the fight
Oh Lord, Love thy will be done
Since I have found you, my life has just begun
And I see all of Your creations as one perfect complex
No one less beautiful or more special than the next
We are all blessed and so wise to accept
Thy will, Love, be done
Love thy will be mine
And make me strive for the glorious and divine
I could not be more, more satisfied (satisfied)
Even when there's no peace outside my window, there's peace inside
And that why I no longer run (I no longer run)
Love thy will be done

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This is a song about Prine's relationship with God and it helping him to find inner peace.

[Edited 9/13/19 18:07pm]

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Reply #27 posted 09/13/19 7:45pm

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CherryMoon57 said:






Prince wrote the song below from a woman's perspective.

Violet Blue















What's a woman 2 do?
Across the street waits a man she's promised 2
And in her presence is another with eyes of violet blue


All aflame her body when he approaches - steam heat
She closes her eyes, imagines his voice - so sweet, so sweet
11 minutes and she'll be late


What's a woman 2 do?
Across the street waits the man she's promised 2
Indecision reigns and the catalyst: eyes of violet blue


11 minutes 2 love is 2 little, 2 much
I could listen 4ever but if I hear 2 much
It could stay in my mind and all could be lost
If I'm not careful, I'd never want U so


We already lost one minute
4 us that's one more year we got in it
4 us that's one more year things we don't know
11 minutes 2 love




Is he married? One day does he wanna be?
I wish I could tell just from holdin' hands
But with his eyes so gentle, he whispers
Only mental communication is all he wants me 2 hear


Even though I don't want 2
I must leave him now
I can't let him see my tears
Though I turn away and notice the time - it's late
But what's a woman 2 do?
What's a woman 2 do?


The eyes were violet blue {x2}
And I could see 4ever the eyes of violet blue
And that's what a real woman, real woman wants 2 do
(Love) {x4}




Source: Musixmatch


Songwriters: Prince Rogers Nelson

Violet Blue lyrics © Npg Publishing, White Fox Publishing







Prince wrote many songs from the female perspective - beginning with all of the Vanity 6 songs, then A6, Sheila E, Jill Jones, Sheena Easton, etc. Plus the Camille project. Many many songs from the female perspective.
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Reply #28 posted 09/15/19 1:35pm

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A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
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He even says My name's Sheila E....

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