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#23: Prince and the Revolution ‘Purple Rain’

prince_purple_rain.jpgIt goes without saying that "Purple Rain" by Prince and the Revolution is one of the most iconic songs, albums and movies of all time. If you weren't a Prince fan before 1984, then you surely became one that summer when the album and movie were released. I could go on for hours about Purple Rain the film and Purple Rain the soundtrack, but my focus here is on "Purple Rain" the song.

"Purple Rain" was unlike anything we had heard before from Prince. It was an unashamed power ballad and featured some of his finest guitar work. The anthemic track was the culmination of the film and a fine end to the album, even if you didn't know what the song was about. Prince's lyrics, filled with all 2's and U's, about purple rain falling down is either about a lost lover or basking in God's love or all or none of the above. Prince is deep like that.

Recorded live at the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, it's hard to believe that "Purple Rain" peaked at #2 on the US Pop charts. Considered by many to be his defining song, anyone who has been blessed to see Prince live in concert knows that this is one of high points--not that there are any low points--of his show. I have seen people moved to tears when he plays this song live. And how could you not? "Purple Rain" is one of the most emotional recordings from a man who will go down in history as one of the greatest to ever do it.    

Since Prince has removed all audio or video of himself from (and otherwise take all of the fun out of) the internet, we won't be posting the song or any video of "Purple Rain" here. We love Prince, but he ain't shutting SoulBounce down. No, ma'am! Surely the majority of our visitors all already know how the song goes. Feel free to break out your air guitar and sing along with the lyrics after the bounce.

"Purple Rain" by Prince and the Revolution

I never meant 2 cause u any sorrow
I never meant 2 cause u any pain

I only wanted 2 one time see u laughing

I only wanted 2 see u laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain purple rain

Purple rain purple rain

Purple rain purple rain

I only wanted 2 see u bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted 2 be your weekend lover

I only wanted 2 be some kind of friend

Baby I could never steal u from another

Its such a shame our friendship had 2 end

Purple rain purple rain

Purple rain purple rain

Purple rain purple rain

I only wanted 2 see u underneath the purple rain

Honey I know, I know, I know times are changing

Its time we all reach out 4 something new

That means u 2

U say u want a leader

But u cant seem 2 make up your mind

I think u better close it

And let me guide u 2 the purple rain

Purple rain purple rain

Purple rain purple rain

If you know what I'm singing about up here

Cmon raise your hand

Purple rain purple rain
 
I only want 2 see u, only want 2 see u

In the purple rain

Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh

Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh


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6 Responses

  1. I must admit, I am a HUGE Prince fam ( a true Prince "fam" knows what that means lol). Purple Rain is just 2 beautiful a song 2 write about. Seeing Prince perform, "Purple Rain" live is just 2 awesome and I am 1 of those who do cry at the concerts when he performs this song ( I am not the only guy in the crowd crying 2).
    The album, "Purple Rain", in it's whole, is more of a spiritual opus than a "sexual romp". Yes, even "Darling Nikki" (just listen to that gospel-esque refrain backwards. Pure Genius!)
    Purple Rain is just 2 beautiful a song. Masterfully written and brilliantly performed.

  2. This is my FAVORITE ARTIST of all time!!!!!! I love him and I been waiting for him to hit the coutdown. I saw him in concert in 2004 and really there are no words. When he performed this song at the end, it was just magic. An arena full of people holding up lighters and doing the Oooh's at the end was just beautiful. I think it moved him too cause when he said goodnight at the end of the show he sounded a little choked up. Needless to say I couldn't sleep that night I was moved, sorry wannabees(Ne-yo) no one does that for me but Prince. I hope to see more of him on the countdown.

  3. Prince is my fav artist! he is amazing and to me, a genius. and purple rain is such a great song, it's nothing like i've ever heard, so spiritual. prince definitely knows something we don't. he should teach us more ;))

  4. I'm 28 and JUST saw the movie this year. LOL I dont condone violence towards women but me and my girl were cracken up when Prince smacked the shit out of that chick. LOL... Prince is top 5 of all time

  5. Classic. I'm a huge fan of prince even if he is a litigious little man. Long Live Prince!

  6. I remember screaming aloud in the Nova theatre when he got slapped (those really from harlem know where I'm talking about)
    That's my man...I would have liked him higher up though..*pout*



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