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When Doves Cry

Recorded solo on March 1, 1984 & released as single (June 13, 1984) & as 6th track on album Purple Rain (June 25, 1984) & remastered on Purple Rain Deluxe (2017). Single edit version appears on The Hits / The B-Sides (1993), The Very Best Of Prince (2001), Ultimate (2006), 4Ever (2016) & Purple Rain Deluxe (2017). A live version appears on digital album Prince And The Revolution: Live (2020). Written by Prince. Click to open printable lyrics.

 
Dig, if U will, the picture
Of U & engaged N a kiss
The sweat of ur body covers me
Can U, my darling, can U picture this?
Dream, if U can, a courtyard
An ocean of violets N bloom
Animals strike curious poses
They feel the heat, the heat between me & U

How can U just leave me standing
Alone N a world that's so cold?
Maybe 'm just 2 demanding
Maybe 'm just like my father: 2 bold
Maybe U'r just like my mother
She's never satisfied
Y do we scream at each other?
This is what it sounds like when doves cry

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

How could U just leave me standing
Alone N a world so cold?
Maybe 'm just 2 demanding
Maybe 'm just like my father: 2 bold
Maybe U'r just like my mother
She's never satisfied
Y do we scream at each other?
This is what it sounds like when doves cry

How can U just leave me standing
Alone N a world that's so cold?
Maybe 'm just 2 demanding (Maybe 'm like my father)
Maybe 'm just like my father: 2 bold (U know he's 2 bold)
Maybe U'r just like my mother
She's never satisfied (She never, never satisfied)
Y do we scream at each other? (Y?)
This is what it sounds like when doves cry
When doves cry... (Don't cry)
Oh yeah...
When doves cry...
Baby... yeah!
Huh
Whoo

When doves cry... when, when... don't cry
Oh darlin', don't cry
Don't cry, don't cry, don't, don't cry


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