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When Doves Cry
Song

When Doves Cry

Prince
Album:
Purple Rain

Song Meaning and Background of When Doves Cry by Prince


Both the film Purple Rain and its music were finished. Prince, however, was unable to quit creating music. He also threw in a brand-new song at the last minute called "When Doves Cry."


Even by Prince standards, the decision to remove the bass track from the final mix after recording the harsh, heartbroken song by himself in the studio is odd. Prince allegedly remarked, "Nobody would have the balls to do this," according to the engineer.


Just wait; they'll start to panic. He was accurate. The most experimental pop song from 1984 became Prince's first American Number One success, dethroning Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" from the top spot. Prince made it the soundtrack's first single.


Albert Magnoli, the film's director, asked Prince to compose a song for the chapter of the story that combined a love affair with parental problems. "When Doves Cry" was one of the two songs Prince had written the previous morning.


Lyrics of When Doves Cry by Prince


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 can 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? (A world that's so cold)

Maybe you're just too demanding (Maybe, maybe I'm like my father)

Maybe I'm just like my father, too bold (Ya know he's too bold)

Maybe you're just like my mother (Maybe you're just like my mother)

She's never satisfied (She's 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 (Doves cry, doves cry)

When doves cry (Doves cry, doves cry)

 

Don't Cry (Don't Cry)

 

When doves cry

When doves cry

When doves cry

 

When Doves cry (Doves cry, doves cry, doves cry

Don't cry

Darling don't cry

Don't cry

Don't cry

Don't don't cry

Release Date

1984

Songwriter/s

Prince

Producer/s

Prince

Label/s

Warner Bros.

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