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Thread started 08/20/19 12:17pm

AvocadosMax

Strays Of The World... never liked it

I just never got this song. It always came across as not genuine to me. I never believed that Prince felt it. Maybe it's the main leadline (or whatever you call it) that I felt never fit the rest of the song. Kinda jarring to have to listen to.. and I never got through the entire song....

...until the other day. I love this song now. It took me a while to actually like it. The beat and the guitar the last minute or so is amazing. This should have been on the Come album. Or just have Come + Gold + Exodus + Strays (and some others from Crystal Ball) and you'll have the best album ever basically. So basically The Dawn bootleg lol

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Reply #1 posted 08/20/19 1:02pm

ian

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I love it as well! It's like a Prince take on Bohemian Rhapsody, totally over the top and makes perfect sense given that it was written for a stage show. Puts me mind of 3 Chains O' Gold, high melodrama with wailing guitar solos. And yeah I think it should definitely have been on Come, what a way to close the album.

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Reply #2 posted 08/20/19 3:48pm

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I love it.

I know many find it a bit over the top and too bombastic but I love it just the way it is.

As I´ve often mentioned on previous threads dedicated to this song, I think this song should have been on the Come album and should have closed the album as it was once planned. The way he says "Come" at the end of the song would have made the album a bit more cohesive by adding a bit to a concept feel of the album.

Without it, the Come album feels a bit incomplete to me.

PS: Morris Hayes once mentioned how much he liked this song when he first listened to it.

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"




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Reply #3 posted 08/20/19 5:22pm

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Agreed. On an earlier configuration of 'Come' it did indeed close the album, and I feel it should've remained also.

Fortunately, we can replicate this easily ourselves. Unlike the 93 configuration of Come...

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Reply #4 posted 08/20/19 6:03pm

gandorb

Interesting point about Strays and your previous stance that perhaps it was ingenuine. Yes, he seemed different but in a confident and bold way, at least when it came to music. However, he was literally close to a stray when he had to move away from his own family. Perhaps this gave him an emotional connection to the song. I know that personally I relate to the song very much, but others who know me would never predict this. It is just an emotion connection that I can relate to from times in my life when I didn't feel I belonged. You never forget that feeling even if you do get more connected and successful. I wished he played it more often.

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Reply #5 posted 08/20/19 6:45pm

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Thoughts one way or the other on it as a song, cool.

But that track doesn't fit or belong anywhere near Come. Come-figuration #1, #15. #25, whatever, Prince ultimately made the right decision.

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Reply #6 posted 08/21/19 7:36am

KoolEaze

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WhisperingDandelions said:

Thoughts one way or the other on it as a song, cool.

But that track doesn't fit or belong anywhere near Come. Come-figuration #1, #15. #25, whatever, Prince ultimately made the right decision.

Maybe not musically, but the lyrics make it a perfect closing song for the Come album.

It fits perfectly as far as the lyrics are concerned. "COME now all ye strays of the world...." and then the final "Come" that he whispers when the song is just about to end.

And it´s a song about loneliness, among other things, so it goes hand in hand with songs such as Solo, Papa and Letitgo....a bit melancholic and sad, with a vibe of loneliness.

What makes you think it does not belong on the Come album?

The way he sings ? The music ?

I think NOT including this song on the album was the bigger mistake. It sounds incomplete without Strays of the World.

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"




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Reply #7 posted 08/21/19 1:21pm

PeteSilas

i liked it the first time I heard it.

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Reply #8 posted 08/21/19 1:55pm

williamb610

I never did like the song. So, I went back and listened to it. I still hate most of it. I do like when it turns fast at the end!
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Reply #9 posted 08/21/19 2:16pm

PeteSilas

i love the sentiment of it and i love when he goes gospel "strays of the world, all ye boys and girls" love it. you guys aren't strays like prince and us.

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Reply #10 posted 08/21/19 5:34pm

AnnaSantana

Magnificent track. Definitely underrated.
finger DONALD TRUMP
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Reply #11 posted 08/21/19 6:05pm

macaylasdad

dumb song...but not his worst...

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Reply #12 posted 08/22/19 3:58am

TheTruth123

KoolEaze said:

I love it.


I know many find it a bit over the top and too bombastic but I love it just the way it is.


As I´ve often mentioned on previous threads dedicated to this song, I think this song should have been on the Come album and should have closed the album as it was once planned. The way he says "Come" at the end of the song would have made the album a bit more cohesive by adding a bit to a concept feel of the album.


Without it, the Come album feels a bit incomplete to me.


PS: Morris Hayes once mentioned how much he liked this song when he first listened to it.



It was one of several that Elisa mentioned as being genius too. I love it as the opener at Montreux.
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Reply #13 posted 08/22/19 6:32am

NouveauDance

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Pretty lame but uniquely Prince. Like Graffiti Bridge x Morning Papers with a sprinkling of Dolphin. I can tolerate it.

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Reply #14 posted 08/22/19 6:53am

RODSERLING

Who cares if you like it or not?
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Reply #15 posted 08/22/19 7:18am

NouveauDance

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RODSERLING said:

Who cares if you like it or not?

You cared enough to reply.

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Reply #16 posted 08/22/19 3:29pm

steakfinger

I never cared for it and I still don’t. It’s silly.
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