Songs Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live  

Jacob Shelton
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It’s impossible to fully understand the genius of an artist like Prince. He didn’t just transcend pop music and whatever genre radio tried to label him as, and he wasn’t just a savant who could play any instrument he picked up. The man was an honest to goodness genius when it came to writing music. One aspect of his songwriting that tends to get overlooked is his lyrical content. On first listen, his songs sound like they’re either about gettin’ down with a fine lady, or dancing until the sun comes up, but for each "Little Red Corvette" there was a sly philosophic undercurrent buried in another track. This list takes a look at the most meaningful Prince lyrics that can enrich your life.

Once you delve into Prince’s lyrical content you begin to realize he was a man who was not only aware of his place in the world of pop music, but someone who was concerned about what it meant to love someone - and to love yourself. Some of his more androgynous lyrics paint a picture of a person transcending heteronormative roles, all the while finding spirituality on the dance floor. Take a look at these Prince lyrics that inform how you live and think about how to make yourself just a little bit more Prince today than you were yesterday.

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Purple Rain


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I know times are changing
It's time we all reach out for something new

This is one of those great lyrics that remains prescient no matter how much time has passed since the song was released. Despite the ever changing world we live in, it never hurts to try to find something new.

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When Doves Cry


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Maybe I'm just too demanding
Maybe I'm just like my father too bold

Nestled in this classic hit is the fear of becoming your parents, and repeating the mistakes of their past. If any song can help you steer yourself in another direction, it's this one.
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Let's Go Crazy


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If you don't like the world you're living in
Take a look around you
A
t least you got friends.

So much of "Let's Go Crazy" can be applied to one's life that it's hard to pick one set of lyrics. But if you've got nothing else, it's important to remember that there are people out there who care about you.
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When the day turns into the last day of all time 
I can say I hope you are in these arms of mine

Admit it, if someone wrote that for you in a Valentine's Day card you would instantly melt. Take it from Prince, find the one person you want to be with and let them know.
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