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Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live

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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 Prince's songwriting that tends to get overlooked is his lyrical content. On first listen, Prince's 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.

Vote up the most inspirational Prince lyrics, and if your favorite lines aren't already on the list, feel free to write them up for everyone in the comments. And if you love him, be sure to cast your vote in our list of the best Prince albums.

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  • 1999 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live
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    Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999

    As cliche as it might sound, there's nothing like the feeling of ~living in the now~ and acting like it might be your last night on Earth. The overwhelming positivity on this track is something that you can apply to anything from a night out to an evening cleaning your apartment.
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  • Nothing Compares 2 U is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live
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    I went to the doctor guess what he told me
    He said girl you better try to have fun no matter what you do
    But he's a fool
    'Cause nothing compares to you

    Sometimes you just want to be bummed out, and it's nice to have Prince to back you up on your plans for throwing a pity party for yourself.
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  • Little Red Corvette is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live
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    Honey you got to slow down,
    'Cause if you don't you gonna run your
    Little red Corvette right in the ground

    All double entendre aside, these are the perfect lyrics to remind yourself to stop pushing yourself so hard, and to take the night off from whatever it is that you're burning yourself out on.
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  • Kiss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live
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    You don't have to be rich
    To be my girl
    You don't have to be cool
    To rule my world.

    There's no reason to be so specific when you're looking for someone to be with, romantic or platonic. When you boil it down, "Kiss" is about surrounding yourself with good people.
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