This Is What It Sounds Like: Prince

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  1. The Lyrics to Prince’s ‘Colonized Mind’:

    Wanna talk about it, colonized mind

    Upload: the evolution principle
    You see a rock on the shore and say
    It’s always been there
    Download: no responsibility
    Do what you want, nobody cares

    Upload: the master race idea
    Genetically disposed to rule the world
    Download: a future full of isolated
    Full of isolated, boys and girls

    Upload: the 2 party system
    The lesser of 2 dangers, illusion of choice
    Download: their form of fascism
    Nothing really ever changes
    You never had a voice

    Listen to me one time:
    – If you look, you’re sure gonna find
    Throughout mankind’s history
    A colonized mind
    The ones in power makes law
    Under which the colonized fall
    Without God, it’s just the blind leading the blind

    Upload: a joint venture record deal
    It’s just another way another man can still sleep
    While he’s sticking you with the bill
    Download: a temporary acquisition
    Of fleeting fame and fortune
    Nothing to leave in your will, hey, hey, hey, hey
    [IMO a bit of an ironically sad ‘prophetic’ statement by Prince re himself]

    Upload: a child with no father
    Download no respect for authority
    Upload: a child with no mother
    Download a hard time showing love

    If you look, you’re sure gonna find
    Throughout mankind’s history
    A colonized mind
    The ones in power makes law
    Under which the colonized fall
    Without God it’s just the blind leading the blind

  2. I confess I’ve never heard Prince’s ‘Colonized Mind’ before. Of course the Hendrix [& IMO Ernie Isley] influence is IMO obvious. But I had to look-up what the lyrics are to ‘Colonized Mind’, & man they’re ‘deep & heavy’. My verdict: ‘Colonized Mind’ is the best, deepest & heaviest Prince Peace I’ve heard thus far- Even surpassing his likely most popular classic [& also heavily Hendrix influenced] ‘Purple Rain’.

    I’ve had certain ‘issues’ w Prince & I’m not so hot on everything I’ve heard from him, but when it comes to ‘Colonized Mind’ [& ‘Purple Rain’ too] I got to give ‘His Purple Badness’ his due props.

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