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Thieves In The Temple

Recorded on February 11, 1990 and released as extended remix via 12" single (August 2, 1990) and as the 12th track (single edit) on album Graffiti Bridge (August 20, 1990) and later on The Hits / The B-Sides (1993), The Very Best Of Prince (2001) and 4Ever (2016). Extended remix also appears on Ultimate (2006). Additional lyrics that appear in video scrolling at the end appear below. Written by Prince.

 
Love, come quick
Love, come n a hurry
There r thieves n the temple 2night
They don't care where they kick
Just as long as they hurt U
There r thieves n the temple 2night
Love, if U're there, come save me from all this cold despair
I can hang when U're around but I'll surely die if U're not there

Love, come quick
Love, come n a hurry
There r thieves n the temple 2night
I feel like they're lookin' 4 my soul
Like a poor man lookin' 4 gold
There r thieves n the temple 2night
Voices from the sky say rely on ur best friend 2 pull U thru
But even if I wanted 2 I couldn't really truly cuz my only friend is U
Come on
There r thieves n the temple 2night

Kickin' me n my heart, tearing me all apart
Cuz me and U could've been a work of art
Thieves n the temple
Baby, don't U know I'm holding on the best that I can?
Love, please help me b the better man
Better than the thieves n the temple, n the temple 2night
Oh, thieves n the temple 2night
Hurt me

Love, come quick
Love, come n a hurry
There r thieves n the temple 2night
Thieves n the temple
U said U loved me! (Thieves n the temple)
U said I was ur baby! (Thieves n the temple)
U was supposed 2 take care of me! (Thieves n the temple) (Love, come quick)
U lied! U lied! (Love, come n a hurry)
U lied! (Thieves n the temple 2night)
Lied!

Thieves n the temple... 2night {repeat}

I'm holdin' on the best that I can
Love, please let me b the better man
Better than the ones that wanna count me out (Thieves, thieves)
Better than the ones that don't know what my love's about
I'm talkin' about the kinda love that could move a mountain (Ooh)
The kinda love that could part the sea
The kinda love that'll last 4ever (Ooh)
(No matter what they say, we should b 2gether) U should b with me
(Thieves n the temple) Yeah, U should b with me

I said I wanna know 1 thing (Talk 2 me, talk 2 me)
I said I wanna know, I wanna know 1 thing, baby (Talk 2 me, talk 2 me)
How come U say that I was ur baby when U and ur love was gonna leave?
U led me on, led me on thinkin' U was Moses
Herdin' sheep blindly thru a fantasy
U done me wrong and everybody knows it (Thieves n the temple)
Now the sound of my voice is pumpin' n ur chest
More or less, I am here 2 tell U that
I am the best, better than the rest
Better than the thieves n the temple 2night
2night, 2night, 2night, 2night... hurt me
Ooh! Ha
Ooh! Uh
Ooh!

Put it n here
Thieves n the temple... 2night {repeat}
What the...? (Thieves n the temple)
Put ur foot on the rock
Let me show U how 2 clock
Ooh, put ur foot on the rock
Let me show U how 2 clock
Ooh...
Thieves n the temple (Thieves, thieves)
What the...? (Thieves n the temple 2night)
Who got the party, who got the party, who? {repeat}
Hurt me
Thieves n the temple... 2night {repeat}
Thieves n the temple 2night

{Full video has extra lyrics scroll on the screen but not sung}

LOVE (a thief's definition)
A. 2 swear allegiance then back out like a punk when another offer comes along
B. 2 speak of loyalty only until some bucks r placed on the table, then sucking up 2 the highest bidder
C. 2 criticize 4 the sake of personal gain or 4 the actual enjoyment of it
D. 2 make love like an animal while swearing up and down ur partner is the best all the while thinking of ur next conquest
E. 2 speak of a new world without 1st knowing how 2 fix ur own


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