Purple Rain

by Prince

Duration:
8:40
Released:
Jun 25, 1984
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Lyrics for Purple Rain by Prince:

Verse 1
I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted one time to see you laughing

Pre-Chorus
I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain

Chorus
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you bathing in the purple rain

Verse 2
I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend, hey
Baby, I could never steal you from another

Pre-Chorus
It's such a shame our friendship had to end

Chorus
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you underneath the purple rain

Verse 3
Honey, I know, I know, I know times are changing
It's time we all reach out for something new, that means you too
You say you want a leader
But you can't seem to make up your mind

Pre-Chorus
I think you better close it, and let me guide you to the purple rain

Chorus
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain, wooo!
If you know what I'm singing about up here
Come on, raise your hand
Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you
Only want to see you in the purple rain

Instrumental outro 3:46-8:40
Guitar Solo

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Song Facts

Prince’s definitive power ballad “Purple Rain” peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 on November 17, 1984 behind Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”. It was the title track of the album and namesake of a film in which Prince plays “The Kid” who has nostalgic yearning for a pure love.

Prince explained that the concept of purple rain “pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god guide you through”. Bandmate Lisa Coleman shared it means “a new beginning. Purple, the sky at dawn; rain, the cleansing factor.”

Upon finishing the track, Prince was concerned this song was too close to “Faithfully” so he played it for Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who told him not to worry about being sued.

In 2011, Rolling Stone named it one of the 500 best songs of all time. In 2015, Pitchfork named it the best song of the 1980s.

Perhaps appropriately, it was the last song Prince ever played live, closing out his concert in Atlanta on April 14, 2016.

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