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Prince — When Doves Cry
Album: Purple Rain
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Total ratings: 2862









Released: 1984
Length: 5:51
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Dig if you will the picture
Of you and I engaged in a kiss
The sweat of your body covers me
Can you, my darling, can you picture this?

Dream if you can a courtyard
An ocean of violets in bloom
Animals strike curious poses
They feel the heat, the heat between me and you

How can you just leave me standing
Alone in a world that's so cold? (So cold)
Maybe I'm just too demanding
Maybe I'm just like my father, too bold

Maybe you're just like my mother
She's never satisfied (She's never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other?
This is what it sounds like when doves cry

Touch if you will my stomach
Feel how it trembles inside
You've got the butterflies all tied up
Don't make me chase you, even doves have pride

How could you just leave me standing
Alone in a world so cold? (World so cold)
Maybe I'm just too demanding
Maybe I'm just like my father, too bold

Maybe you're just like my mother
She's never satisfied (She's never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other?
This is what it sounds like when doves cry

How can you just leave me standing
Alone in a world that's so cold? (World is so cold)
Maybe I'm just too demanding (Maybe, maybe)
Maybe I'm just like my father, too bold (I'm like my father, you know, you know he's too bold)

Maybe you're just like my mother (Maybe you're just like my mother)
She's never satisfied (Never, never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other? (Why do we scream, why?)
This is what it sounds like when doves cry
When doves cry, when doves cry, when doves cry
When doves cry, when doves cry, when doves cry
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Hated this song when they played it on regular radio.  Sounds even worse on RP
 Wardleader wrote:
His lyrics too real for the petty bourgeoisie types, and a rock guitar GOD.   Like Stevie Wonder, a total control freak, but in good hands with musical creativity too much for puny mortals too old or too young to get it,  but I'm younger than that now.
 
You are certainly more confused than that now!

 number7 wrote:
Nope never liked Prince.
 
Deep
- like POTUS Donald
Thank you. I really needed this today.
 maryte wrote:

Cry: to utter a characteristic sound or call
 

I wonder if Prince had any idea that words had multiple meanings? I guess we'll never know.  (this eyeroll is not for you, but for the person you were replying to)
For me clearly his best song by far.
              Soooo great !!!!!!
        
 CamLwalk wrote:
Doves can't cry.  They don't have lacrimal glands.  They protect their eyes with a nictitating membrane.  Lying purple bitch!

 
They surely do.

Cry: to utter a characteristic sound or call
 tgrier wrote:
Context People. Bill is all about context. This song - when I hear it - always fits.

I have been amazed over the 12 years of listening to RP how he is able to lead me down a path in the listening. The talent to do what he does is 2nd to none. And I am talking about Bill's Talent to craft this playlist.

Nothing is off limits if in the right context.


 
Brilliant comment, tgrier!  I think a lot of us "tune in" for that primarily, although sometimes it seems commenters are the ones less impressed with BillG's Segueism.  Yeah, I made that word up.  :-)
 CamLwalk wrote:
Doves can't cry.  They don't have lacrimal glands.  They protect their eyes with a nictitating membrane.  Lying purple bitch!


LOL, yes, Prince Rogers Nelson did have such a way with getting all up into duplicitous scenarios in his lyrics.
Maybe he meant, e.g, "This is what it sounds like/When something impossible happens."


Yessssssssssssssss
 CamLwalk wrote:
Doves can't cry.  They don't have lacrimal glands.  They protect their eyes with a nictitating membrane.  Lying purple bitch!

 
{#Ask} {#Stupid} {#Roflol}
Doves can't cry.  They don't have lacrimal glands.  They protect their eyes with a nictitating membrane.  Lying purple bitch!
Nope never liked Prince.
 rpdevotee wrote:
Very surprised to hear Prince on RP...
All talent aside, never liked him.  The fake drums and synthesizer stuff just seems tacky, but hey...
At least if we're going to hear a Prince song, can it not be one that was played to death in the 80's? 

 
Amen.  Would love to hear some of his more obscure cuts.  He has enough material to choose from that's for sure.
 Grammarcop wrote:
Bowie -> Prince. I suspect we'll hear a lot of these two as the year 2016 winds down. Now if there were only a song that could make me forget about Donald Trump.

 
Prince is FABULOUS!!!
try this  Grammarcop:

      Donald Trump Is Literally A Talking Head In This ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Mashup


Dig on this picture  .............."10"
Beautiful link from While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Prince's guitar solo when he played it with Tom Petty et al at the RnR Hall of fame is one of the most remarkable things I've ever seen. Goosebumps. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y 
 Grammarcop wrote:
Bowie -> Prince. I suspect we'll hear a lot of these two as the year 2016 winds down. Now if there were only a song that could make me forget about Donald Trump.

 
Here you go. https://youtu.be/U06jlgpMtQs

His lyrics too real for the petty bourgeoisie types, and a rock guitar GOD.   Like Stevie Wonder, a total control freak, but in good hands with musical creativity too much for puny mortals too old or too young to get it,  but I'm younger than that now.
Only artist that makes me laugh out loud at his creativity. Saw him more than a few times, and always great, until the Oakland show before he died - which was horrible.

He's got such a huge legacy, it would be much more fun to hear the great stuff that hasn't been worn out. Stuff from Sign O the Times (Dorothy Parker), or Cherry Moon. How about "I Wanna Be Your Lover." A perfect pop confection.
 scrubbrush wrote:
whole album is a 10

 
indeed!
very nice!
A great 90 minutes of music came to a crashing halt when this P.O.S came on
                         
Very surprised to hear Prince on RP...
All talent aside, never liked him.  The fake drums and synthesizer stuff just seems tacky, but hey...
At least if we're going to hear a Prince song, can it not be one that was played to death in the 80's? 
 kcar wrote:
Unfortunately I heard this too many times during a summer job where FM radio was a constant presence. I'd rather hear some lesser-known stuff from Prince, even though this is flawlessly performed and produced. 

 
I too would like to here some lesser known stuff!  Dear Bill: I especially love the 'Sign Of The Times' album...  like, "it's gonna be a beautiful day" or... "the cross".     Still, rated a ten, cuz it's prince...   and hey...  at least...  It's not "purple rain" (again and again) !!!  Yeeeeaaahhhhooooo oooo ooooh, ow.  . don't cry.   ....   :)    

OH! :) and now... right into Radio Head... Oh RP how I love you!!!   xoxoxo  123 K
Prince photoshop

Actually, I have always liked his stuff, especially the music created with Wendy and Lisa.  (Melvoin and Coleman, respectively: clicky)
Unfortunately I heard this too many times during a summer job where FM radio was a constant presence. I'd rather hear some lesser-known stuff from Prince, even though this is flawlessly performed and produced. 
whole album is a 10
I hate that it takes a prolific death for me to realize the true genius of an artist once they are gone.  
Maybe didn't listen a lot to his music but no question he was very talented, hands down the best funk, rock guitarists I have ever seen live, any genre, he was held in the highest regard by his guitar legend peers, he just chose to make music that he likes...watch the ripping tribute "While my guitar gently weeps"  for George Harrison or even the superbowl halftime in the pouring rain solo, true performer...RIP
Never did like him and still don't. See ya I'm onto the next song.
 Grammarcop wrote:
Bowie -> Prince. I suspect we'll hear a lot of these two as the year 2016 winds down. Now if there were only a song that could make me forget about Donald Trump.

 
Prince was an amazing performer/musician though.
I saw him live multiple times, including many of the loose, intimate (and more fun) aftershows, after the big stadium shows.
Also saw Bowie live once, which was good but not as great and electric as Prince's after/shows. To me.
Prince > Bowie. But I'm a big fan of both. And they are different spices.
diggin this right now, haven't heard it in some time...
Excellent connection, Bill, thank you!! Right after "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - see all those comments about Prince's fabulous performance!
The Beatles: While My Guitar Gently Weeps  followed by Prince: When Doves Cry
I see what you did there Bill.  ;-)


Bowie -> Prince. I suspect we'll hear a lot of these two as the year 2016 winds down. Now if there were only a song that could make me forget about Donald Trump.
Musical genius super talented
 tgrier wrote:
Context People. Bill is all about context. This song - when I hear it - always fits.

I have been amazed over the 12 years of listening to RP how he is able to lead me down a path in the listening. The talent to do what he does is 2nd to none. And I am talking about Bill's Talent to craft this playlist.

Nothing is off limits if in the right context.


 
Well said!  Bill is a master. My record collection has only gathered dust ever since I discovered RP 
Context People. Bill is all about context. This song - when I hear it - always fits. I have been amazed over the 12 years of listening to RP how he is able to lead me down a path in the listening. The talent to do what he does is 2nd to none. And I am talking about Bill's Talent to craft this playlist. Nothing is off limits if in the right context.
Best Superbowl half time ever, the dude ripped the best guitar solos in the pissing rain complete with a giant purple phallus guitar...true performer
 fortheloveofpete wrote:
In a melancholy mood of remeberence today, eh Bill?  Sad year, losing Bowie and Prince and...

 
Bobby Vee.
 fortheloveofpete wrote:
In a melancholy mood of remeberence today, eh Bill?  Sad year, losing Bowie and Prince and...

 
Sad sad year indeed.
In a melancholy mood of remeberence today, eh Bill?  Sad year, losing Bowie and Prince and...
 jimtyrrell wrote:

Good comments, I ve been watching some of his videos after his death.  I was never a big fan but watching his performances has changed my opinion. He was awesome on stage and some of his tunes were quite listenable for this old blues fan.
 

 
Seeing him live was just amazing.  Prince was the real deal..he never phoned it in.  A true performer; he knew how to work the audience.
 Sakkerju wrote:

This song has not aged well for me, however it was the song that made me notice Prince back then. Hearing it on the radio and wanted to know the artist...

 
Good comments, I ve been watching some of his videos after his death.  I was never a big fan but watching his performances has changed my opinion. He was awesome on stage and some of his tunes were quite listenable for this old blues fan.
 
 OHMish wrote:
I'm a big Prince fan + RP fan.
Somehow his music/energy doesn't quite fit here.. Perhaps RP is more in the style of conservative/low-key/background/mood music.
Unless you pick the right songs from Prince to fit here. This song isn't one. But there are many to pick from.
He was an extraordinary musician, singer, composer and performer. 
Best live performances I have ever witnessed.

Try playing "Take me with U", "Mountains", "Under the cherry moon", "I would die for U" or "Sign O' the times"

 
This song has not aged well for me, however it was the song that made me notice Prince back then. Hearing it on the radio and wanted to know the artist...
Nice!
 OHMish wrote:
I'm a big Prince fan + RP fan.
Somehow his music/energy doesn't quite fit here.. Perhaps RP is more in the style of conservative/low-key/background/mood music.
Unless you pick the right songs from Prince to fit here. This song isn't one. But there are many to pick from.
He was an extraordinary musician, singer, composer and performer. 
Best live performances I have ever witnessed.

Try playing "Take me with U", "Mountains", "Under the cherry moon", "I would die for U" or "Sign O' the times"

 
I think Darling Nikki would fit right in.
I'm a big Prince fan + RP fan.
Somehow his music/energy doesn't quite fit here.. Perhaps RP is more in the style of conservative/low-key/background/mood music.
Unless you pick the right songs from Prince to fit here. This song isn't one. But there are many to pick from.
He was an extraordinary musician, singer, composer and performer. 
Best live performances I have ever witnessed.

Try playing "Take me with U", "Mountains", "Under the cherry moon", "I would die for U" or "Sign O' the times"
 jagdriver wrote:

Right-e-o!

 
what insight lol {#Ask} use PSD and move on lol 
Not a big fan, but this first Prince hit is my favorite.
 A_Radio_Head wrote:
Ugh, RP is where I come to get away from Prince....or used to anyway {#Rolleyes}
 
Right-e-o!


 Peakmecca wrote:

You have the 27 Club- Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Phoenix, Cobain, Winehouse, etc.  Now you have the 2016 Club- Bowie, Rickman, Frey, Emerson, Haggard, Prince...Miss them all.

 
The biggest loss was that of Gato Barbieri early last month.
I was never a fan. I'm not one to enshrine him or his music in death. Enough, already.
 Pedro1874 wrote:
For all his greatness expressed in the meejuh only 6 tracks in the RP library - interesting {#Stupid}

 
maybe the meejuh is wrong lol I'm not denying his due but I did not hear all the greatness early on, only after his passing, and it surprised me, in its content, that is {#Music} me lol   may he RIP 
I agree with the former comments. Sign of the times - an absolute classic. RP play this stuff. 
 
 Pedro1874 wrote:
For all his greatness expressed in the meejuh only 6 tracks in the RP library - interesting {#Stupid}

 
I bought four Prince albums when they came out, 'Dirty Mind', 'Controversy', '1999' and 'Around The World In A Day', none are on the playlist.
I think these were his best and should be given a chance. 
My favorite of Prince.. So much passion in the songs on the Purple Rain record 
RIP {#Sad}
For all his greatness expressed in the meejuh only 6 tracks in the RP library - interesting {#Stupid}
Aliens are kidnapping our most talented people and leaving body replicas in their place!  Damn you, little grey people!!!
beeblebrocks40 wrote:

Now Prince has left us, can someone make it stop? 



 

Yes sadly - A lot of good people dropping off this year!  {#Sad}  

Thanks to his Purpleness for all the great music.  And it would be nice if we could get more Prince on RP.  Doesn't seem to be anything at all from the Lovesexy album.
Peakmecca wrote:

You have the 27 Club- Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Phoenix, Cobain, Winehouse, etc.  Now you have the 2016 Club- Bowie, Rickman, Frey, Emerson, Haggard, Prince...Miss them all.



 


RIP Prince
 DocStrangelove wrote:

Nonsense. Take the time to explore the critical reception of P. Yes, talented. Made some good songs. But "overrated" is often heard in reference to his work.
 
Whatever, pal.  You clearly miss the point.

You have the 27 Club- Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Phoenix, Cobain, Winehouse, etc.  Now you have the 2016 Club- Bowie, Rickman, Frey, Emerson, Haggard, Prince...Miss them all.


He was the soundtrack of my youth. Very sad indeed.
This song will always bring me back to the after-party of my high school prom on the dance floor of the Copacabana in NYC! 1984...

Prince was magic on stage.  I had tickets a couple of years later to see him at Wembley Arena- won them in a lottery, and then he inexplicably cancelled the show!  I was so bummed never to see him live.
I thought his album Lovesexy had some of his finest and most complex work, not to mention the best album cover.

When I just heard the sad news of his untimely death, I immediately turned on RP, and was surprised not to see a Prince song in the recent playlist... then Bill comes on, gives the news, and plays this song.

Doesn't look like Prince has many fans on RP, which I can understand... it's a discerning group with different tastes from Prince's style and genre.  But you've got to give him credit. He was an extraordinary dancer EXTRAORDINARY{#Bananasplit}and a great songwriter.  I LOVE Nothing Compares 2 U {#Kiss}and didn't even know he wrote it for Sinead until I read his obit!  He even penned Manic Mondays for the Bangles at the same time. And "I Feel For you" by Chaka Khan, C'MON! {#Motor}

Sure he went off the deep end when he changed his name to an un-pronouncable symbol, but even that is kind ballsy when you think about it. It was also nutty when he found religion and stopped singing all his old sex-driven songs, but he found his way back and I was still hoping to see him live.  He was on tour and on stage within the last 3 weeks.

Many people don't know that he said F*U* to the major record labels in the 90s, took control of all his new music and distribution and started his own streaming music network.  He was an original. 

Would love to have been a fly on the wall during some parties at Paisley Park.
Prince, you were a Prince. RIP, brutha.

Wow, Bill is such a pro- playing Bowie's Ashes to Ashes after 2 Prince songs— OMG, and now Lou Reed.. sad,sad sad... no one gets out of here alive...
{#Group-hug}
 melzabutch wrote:

Not a good day, The doves were released earlier this morning.  RIP

 




 
Perfect image! Nice job. One of the all time best guitarists ever, I just laugh when people discount his talent. Love or hate him, but extremely talented Is irrefutable!


oh man no!

Just learned this news while bopping along to this playing of a now forever sad song   : (

Brilliant Artist 
I remember when this movie first came out.  My best friend and I played hooky and went to the Ridglea Theatre on Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth Texas.  We stayed and watched it twice.  Then we went out and bought the cassette tape and wore that thing out dancing to it.  Sad to hear of his passing, he was a guitar genius.
 DocStrangelove wrote:
Not hate — I have no hate towards him — just an opinion.

 
Poorly timed and chosen for negative effect.
There are more than doves crying today.
I'm crushed. Can't focus today. Purple Rain means as much to me as any album by any artist ever. I didn't know a lot of his later work, but the world was just a better place with Prince in it.
So tragic his passing today - a huge loss!
 DocStrangelove wrote:
Always found him overrated and rather full of himself.

 
...and you just had to throw that out now?  Hate is as hate does.

The same for the rest of you choosing this moment to spew negativity about Prince on the board.
 DocStrangelove wrote:
Always found him overrated and rather full of himself.

 
Full himself? Jesus, he was just talented. The most talented ever have been a little eccentric. But, overrated?  Nope.
R.I.P. ..
 balinor wrote:
Love him or hate him, he sure as hell had talent.  RIP

 
Agreed.
purple rain 
I was two miles from Paisley Park when I heard the news...MN has lost their ambassador.
Flu-like symptoms last Friday - gone today...WTF?  
RIP Mr. Prince.  Just heard the awful news.  Some may disagree but he was as influential as Bowie and both were truly 'artists,' a term bantered about by many that don't have the cred to say that.  A very sad day ... and a sad year (Bowie, Prince, Kantner, Frey).
 FluorideFreeMN wrote:
Unfortunate that he passed away so young, but living here in MN, always thought he was overrated (and grossly overplayed).

 
That is an interesting perspective.

Not a good day, The doves were released earlier this morning.  RIP

 


 aaronm wrote:
:-(

 
Another sad day in the music biz{#Cry}. R.I.P. Prince
PRINCE!!! WHY WHY WHY?!{#Frown}
A hard year indeed…RIP {#Cry}
Love him or hate him, he sure as hell had talent.  RIP
Unfortunate that he passed away so young, but living here in MN, always thought he was overrated (and grossly overplayed).
A titan leaves the stage. Crushing news. 
RIP

Now Prince has left us, can someone make it stop? 


The whole world is crying.....
RIP!
:-(
 OHMish wrote:
Go watch Prince live if you haven't.
The club aftershows are the best.
Anyway, here is a solo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y (about 3 minutes in)
By the way, that's George Harrison's son in the back.

Prince has a huge inflated ego, no doubt.
But damn, his musicality and creative connection surpasses/transcends it.

 
Really liked that. Prince was great, but I also liked Harrisons son having fun!!
Ugh, RP is where I come to get away from Prince....or used to anyway {#Rolleyes}


Snob crap
 oldman wrote:
One of the many songs out of the 80's that I would have thought have aged better.
Guess it was better in my memories. 

 
I've always thought it was terrible!
 OHMish wrote:
Go watch Prince live if you haven't.
Anyway, here is a solo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y (about 3 minutes in)
By the way, that's George Harrison's son in the back.

 
thanx 4 that link
F'ing awesome
 
Weeeeeeeee Aheee heeeheeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Yeaahhh you hoooooooo,  ah huh, ado doodle doop, a doop doop doop

ado doodle doop, a doop doop doop

ado doodle doop, a doop doop doop

ado doodle doop, a doop doop doop ...
11 baby 
i gotta add another request
from Prince's "Dirty Mind" album
the song "When You Were Mine" is as good as anything from across the pond at that time
Prince is one of those artists that the critics tend to like better than the listening population.

He is very talented no doubt.  Not me cuppa tea as a general rule but this song definitely belongs on RP. 
Thanx Bill
we needed this
so much good Prince, need more on RP
The Smiths, The Cure and Prince were the best of that decade

please play the title cut from his "Controversy" album
 
Go watch Prince live if you haven't.
The club aftershows are the best.
Anyway, here is a solo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y (about 3 minutes in)
By the way, that's George Harrison's son in the back.

Prince has a huge inflated ego, no doubt.
But damn, his musicality and creative connection surpasses/transcends it.
 lemmoth wrote:
Back to Back - two of my top 20 songs of all time

Prince — When Doves Cry 

 
+1
Greatly under appreciated artist, imho
 ME, TOO!
lemmoth wrote:
Back to Back - two of my top 20 songs of all time

Prince — When Doves Cry 

 


Back to Back - two of my top 20 songs of all time

Prince — When Doves Cry 
 Some Animals strike curious poses,  when they are shy.
Classic..
Thank you RP for playing this.
Brings back memories of us following Prince after a concert because of the buzz going around him playing a post gig in town afterwards.
Together with my best friend who passed away last year. Way too young ... How he loved Prince.
One of the many songs out of the 80's that I would have thought have aged better.
Guess it was better in my memories. 
Crazy how 160+ can give this a '1' rating - really?  Let's just go crazy instead.
 adpucci wrote:
Prince before he started giving tons on bucks wawy to the Republican party!! {#Hearteyes}
 
Politics aside he's an awesome artist
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Wrongly titled - should have been "When Doves Squawk". Prince is a better songwriter than singer - mind you that could be said of many others like Dylan, Bowie et al.

 
You got it wrong he's multi talented singer, song writer and musician. No comparison to Dylan, Bowie. 
Prince before he started giving tons on bucks wawy to the Republican party!! {#Hearteyes}
 dreadpixie wrote:

Scream with me, Idevich!! he's at the screaming part!  
 
Farmer Prince can't take all that hollerin'...

Prince dressed as farmer running away from muppets