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Prince is the second album by Prince, released in 1979. The album was the Surprisingly Improved Sequel to his debut album "For You" (1978) and a much bigger commercial and critical success. It is best remembered for his first two hit singles "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"

Tracklist

Side One

  1. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (5:47)
  2. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" (3:49)
  3. "Sexy Dancer" (4:18)
  4. "When We're Dancing Close And Slow" (5:18)

Side Two

  1. "With You" (3:59)
  2. "Bambi" (4:22)
  3. "Still Waiting" (4:24)
  4. "I Feel For You" (3:24)
  5. "It's Gonna Be Lonely" (5:30)

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Why You Wanna Trope Me So Bad?

  • Ambiguously Bi: Prince sings in a very effeminate voice all throughout the album, but most songs are undeniably heterosexual, with "Bambi" as a prime example. In this song he tries to convince his former lover to leave her lesbian lover, because "it's better with a man". Funny enough it could be interpreted as a gay song too.
  • Break Up Song: "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"
    There's some talk going 'round town
    That you really don't give a damn
    They say you really put me down
    When I'm doing the best I can
    I gave you all of my love
    I even gave you my body
    Tell me, baby, ain't that enough?
    What more do you want me to do?
    I play the fool when we're together
    But I cry when we're apart, yeah
    I couldn't do you no better
    Don't break what left of my broken heart, baby
  • Brother–Sister Incest: "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
    I wanna be your brother
    I wanna be your mother and your sister, too
    There ain't no other that can do the things that I'll do to you
    But I get discouraged 'cause you treat me just like a child
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  • Contemptible Cover: Prince shown from the torso up.
  • Cradle of Loneliness: "Still Waiting"
    All my friends tell me about the loves they've had
    Can't they see what they're doing to me?
    It makes me feel so bad
    I'm so alone and broken hearted
    It ain't like my life is ended
    But more like it never started
  • Cure Your Gays: "Bambi", in which the protagonist tries to convince his former female partner, who left him for a woman, to come back to him:
    Bambi, can't you understand?
    Bambi, it's better with a man
    All your lovers - they just look like you
    But they can only do the things that you do
    Come on, baby, and take me by the hand
    I'm gonna show you what it's like to be loved by a man
  • Dancing Is Serious Business:
    • "Sexy Dancer"
    Sexy dancer, sexy dancer
    Sexy dancer, you got my body screamin'
    Sexy dancer, you got me just-a-creamin'
    • "When We're Dancing Close And Slow"
    When we're dancing close and slow
    I never want to let you go, no, no
  • Face on the Cover: Prince shown up until his torso.
  • I Am the Band: With the exception of "some vocal harmony" by André Cymone on "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?", everything on the album was written, composed, arranged and performed by Prince.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Prince's moaning all throughout "Sexy Dancer".
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "Sexy Dancer" has Prince sing that the girl "has him creamin'" and has a lot of suggestive moaning all throughout the song.
    • "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
    I wanna be the only one you come for.
    • "When We're Dancing Close And Slow"
    Sex-related fantasy is all that my mind can see
    Baby, that's honestly the way I feel
    When we're dancing close and slow
    I'm not afraid to let my feelings show
    I wanna come inside of you
  • "I Want" Song: "I Wanna Be Your Lover".
  • Non-Appearing Title: Prince's name isn't mentioned in any of the lyrics.
  • One-Woman Song: "Bambi".
  • Pegasus: Prince is riding a winged horse on one of the photos within the sleeve.
  • Questioning Title?: "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The name "Prince" on the cover is printed in a "feminine" looking font, colored pink.
  • Record Producer: Prince.
  • Shout-Out: "Bambi" is a reference to Bambi.
  • Self-Titled Album: The album carries his mononym as a title.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Prince is shown in bare breast on the cover.

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