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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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