Purple Rain Lyrics by Prince

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Purple Rain Lyrics
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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
It's 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
It's time we all reach out 4 something new
That means u 2
U say u want a leader
But u can't 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
C'mon raise your hand

Purple rain Purple rain

I only want 2 see u, only want 2 see u
In the purple rain
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Purple Rain Info:

• Prince explained the meaning of 'Purple Rain':
"When there's blood in the sky - red and blue = purple... purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god guide you through the purple rain."

• Prince was inspired to write Purple Rain after watching Bob Seger perform Night Moves and Mainstreet. Seeing how the crowd connected to those songs that told a story, he wanted to create something similar.

• The song was written for the movie Purple Rain, but it went on to be one of his biggest hits. Prince said:
"In some ways Purple Rain scared me. It's my albatross and it'll be hanging around my neck as long as I'm making music."

Stevie Nicks was asked by Prince to help work on this song. She said: "I've still got it [the demo cassette] - with the whole instrumental track and a little bit of Prince singing, 'Can't get over that feeling,' or something, I told him, 'Prince, I've listened to this a hundred times but I wouldn't know where to start. It's a movie, it's epic."

She added: "The olive branch of him giving me that cassette was huge, but I think he would have liked a romance with me, too."

• Prince thought that "Purple Rain" might be too similar to Journey's ballad Faithfully. Prince called Journey's Jonathan Cain, who wrote the song. Prince told him:
"I want to play something for you, and I want you to check it out. The chord changes are close to 'Faithfully,' and I don't want you to sue me."

Jonathan recalled: "I thought it was an amazing tune and I told him, 'Man, I'm just super-flattered that you even called. It shows you're that classy of a guy. Good luck with the song. I know it's gonna be a hit.'"

From the Album:
Purple Rain (1984)


September 26, 1984

7" single
12" single

Live, First Avenue, Minneapolis, August 3, 1983

Rock, pop, gospel, symphonic rock

7" edit: 4:05
Album/12": 8:41


Prince and the Revolution

Gold (RIAA) - December 5, 1984

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