Purple Rain


Since Purple Rain is the title track from the movie of the same name, let’s take a few to focus on the movie itself before launching into info on the song. If you haven’t caught the movie, it’s been playing on VH1 a lot lately so check out your listings!

This disc is also a fun, appropriate purple color that I now associate with Prince!!

Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. The film grossed more than $80 million at the box office and became a cult classic. It is the only feature film starring Prince that he did not direct.

The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, currently the last film to receive the award. On the other hand, it was nominated for two Razzie Awards, including Worst New Star for Apollonia Kotero and Worst Original Song for “Sex Shooter”.

“Purple Rain” was released as the third single from the soundtrack album. The song is a combination of rock, pop, gospel, and orchestral music. It reached #2 in the U.S. for two weeks and it is widely considered one of Prince’s signature songs.

The song opens with a lone guitar quickly followed by live drumming and a prominent organ, evoking images of church gospel music. Three verses are followed by a chorus, with a building emotional delivery. In the context of the film, each verse ties into a different strained relationship Prince’s character has and his desire to reconcile. The first verse is dedicated to his father, then his ex-girlfriend (played by Apollonia), and then his band mates. After the final chorus, a guitar solo takes over the song. The song ends with a piano solo and orchestral strings. Prince’s vocal range spans from the low note of F3 to the high note of A5.

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Underneath the purple rain

PrincePurpleRain

Side One

Purple Rain

Side Two

GOD

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