Song of the Day #2,956: ‘Dirty Mind’ – Prince

prince_dirty_mindMost of the retrospectives that followed Prince’s death earlier this year singled out 1980’s Dirty Mind as his first great album and one of his very best, peiod.

This sexually explicit funk-pop classic was Prince’s third album, and the first on which he played pretty much every instrument. The five-star AllMusic review trumpets its influence on the decade to come, saying “its fusion of synthesizers, rock rhythms, and funk set the style for much of the urban soul and funk of the early ’80s.”

Unfortunately, I can’t decide for myself because Prince was extremely successful in keeping his music off the internet. You can’t find a YouTube clip or a Spotify stream of any of his songs. He did break down and sign up with Tidal a year ago, citing the higher artist royalties, but I don’t subscribe.

I’ll just have to take the critics’ word for it, and offer up this poor live recording of the title track.

[Verse 1]
There’s something about you, baby
It happens all the time
Whenever I’m around you, baby
I get a dirty mind
It doesn’t matter where we are
Doesn’t matter who’s around
Doesn’t matter, I just want to lay you down

[Chorus 1]
In my daddy’s car
It’s you I really want to drive
But you never go too far
I may not be your kind of man
I may not be your style
But honey, all I want to do
Is just love you for a little while
[Verse 2]
If you got the time
I’ll give you some money
To buy a dirty mind
Don’t misunderstand me
I never fool around
But honey, you got me on my knees
Won’t you please let me lay you down

[Bridge]
I really get a dirty mind
Whenever you’re around
It happens to me everytime
You just got to let me lay you
Got to let me lay you, lay you
You just got to let me lay you
Got to let me lay you down

[Chorus 2]
In my daddy’s car
It’s you I really want to drive
Underneath the stars
I really get a dirty mind
Whenever you’re around
I don’t want to hurt you, baby
I only want to lay you down

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,956: ‘Dirty Mind’ – Prince

  1. Dana says:

    I first heard this album during the one and only long, miserable sumner I spent at sleep away camp. Discovering Prince’s music was actually one of the few bright spots of that summer. These songs were edgy, naughty and revolutionary in much the same way Bowie’s music was a decade before and Eminem’s music would be almost 20 years later.

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