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Musicology
  28th studio album by Prince
Released: March 27, 2004
© NPG / Columbia Records, excl. 2 Legacy Recordings
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Musicology
Ooh
Uh
Ha, Lord
Funky

Heard about the party now just east of Harlem
Uh
Doug E. gon' b there but U got 2 call him
Even the soldiers need a break sometime
Uh
Listen 2 the groove, ya'll, uh, let it unwind ur mind
No intoxication unless U see what I see
Dancin' hot and sweaty right n front of me, ooh
Oh, call it what U like, I'ma call it how it b, yes sir
This is just another 1 of God's gifts: musicology

Got 2 keep the party movin', uh, like I told U
Uh
Kick the old school joint, uh, 4 the true funk soldiers
Musicology, uh
U got this
Wait a minute band, uh

I wish I had a dollar 4 every time they say
"Don't U miss the feelin' music gave ya back n the day?"
"Let's Groove," "September," Earth, Wind & Fire
"Hot Pants" by James, Sly's gon' "Take You Higher"
Minor keys and drugs don't make a roller skate jam
Take ur pick: turntable, uh, or a band? Lordy
If it ain't Chuck D or Jam Master Jay, U know what? They losin'
Cuz we got a PhD n advanced body movin'
Sing!

Keep the party movin', uh, just like I told U
Kick the old school joint, uh, 4 the true funk soldiers
Musicology, hey
Alright
Hold it down band
Ah
Get back, move, get back
Don't U touch my stereo, these is my records

Don't touch, don't U ever touch
These... is my records
Musicology
Musicology
Everybody get down on the up stroke
Old school joint 4 the true funk soldiers
Ten-hut, good God!
Keep... the party... movin'
Don't stop dancin'
Keep... the party movin'
Musicology
Keep... the party movin'
Drummer man, ride on the bass, huh, all the way 2 the crib (Ahh)

Keep the party movin', uh, just like I told U (That's what I'm talkin' about)
Kick the old school joint, uh, 4 the true funk soldiers (Yeah, ha, sing!)
Musicology 4 the true funk soldiers, good God
Alright, on the 1 y'all

Don't U hear this old school joint?
Don't U ever touch my stereo
Instead I got good and plenty of what U need the most
And that's time

{Scanning 4 Prince tunes}
Uh, watch it now
Uh
Rockin' U coast 2 coast
Hips and lips, chips and whips (Ahh)

Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance
She knew which fork 2 use but she couldn't dance (Haha)
So he hipped her 2 the funk n exchange 4 the finance (Tell me)
Who's pimpin' who if nobody gets a 2nd chance? (Tell me who, who?)
This is the story of illusion, coma, pimp and circumstance

She was older but rich beyond compare
She'd drop a thousand dollars at the salon just 2 get her hair did
He was good at compliments, better n the bunk (Compassion)
She laced him with a crib n Paris, he hipped her 2 the funk
Way 2 fine he was 4 her, a dirty dog n expensive fur
But as long as she's providin' chips and whips we can do this funky thang
Uh-huh, as long as she was playin' the host
He figured he would make the most of them hips and lips
He hooked her up, rocked her coast 2 coast (Funky)
(Ugly) She was so ugly but rich beyond compare
Dropped a couple hundred thousand dollars on a silver whip
Just 2 match the color of her hair
Say what?
She said, "I got plenty of what U need" (Uh)
Listen 2 her say, "Put the spoon down, honey, c'mon, let mama feed U"
Oh!

She knew which fork 2 use but she couldn't dance (Uh) (Sure couldn't)
So he hipped her 2 the funk n exchange 4 the finance (Money)
Who's pimpin' who if nobody gets a 2nd chance? (Uh uh)
This is the story of illusion, coma, pimp and circumstance

Where was I? Oh yeah, a gentleman he was
He never spoke about her nose so prominent because
N the dark it'd glow
If she was only tan instead of so lily white
Her name was Doris but he called her "Fluo..."
As n "...rescent," that ain't right
Fluorescent every night
A situation bound 2 fail as sure as Doris' skin was pale (Uh uh)
Money might talk but what does it say?
"U better get busy if U wanna get paid"
And boy, I was fine back n the day

She knew which fork 2 use but she couldn't dance (Uh)
So he hipped her 2 the funk n exchange 4 the finance (Get a real job)
Who's pimpin' who if nobody gets a 2nd chance? (Nobody)
That's the story of illusion, coma, pimp and circumstance
Now dance
Dance

He spent her money oh so well, huh
Take a bath n cold crystal
He took a trip 2 burn an old flame n 'Frisco, like wow
When Doris caught him n her arms
She shrugged her shoulders and said, "No harm"
"Just put ur name on this pre-nup and we can all hit the disco"
Uh

She knew which fork 2 use but she couldn't dance (Yes she did, no no)
So he hipped her 2 the funk n exchange 4 the finance (Ah-ah, money...)
Who's pimpin' who if nobody gets a 2nd chance? (Who's pimpin'? Nobody)
This is the story of illusion, coma, pimp and circumstance (Ah... oh, hey!)
She knew which fork 2 use but she couldn't dance (Sure did)
So he hipped her 2 the funk n exchange 4 the finance
(Uh, n exchange 4 some chips and whips)
Who's pimpin' who if nobody gets a 2nd chance? (Hmph, no no no)
This is the story of illusion, coma, pimp and circumstance
Now dance
Dance, dance
Uh... dance
Oh, ow!

A Million Days
It's only been an hour since U left me, but it feels like a million days
If I had a magic wand I could turn back time, I'd never let U go away
I didn't have the heart 2 say I'm sorry, now I haven't got a heart at all
I could tolerate the pain if I could talk 2 my best friend
But U won't even call
U won't even call
Oh yeah
U need 2 call me, baby
Yeah

I'm contemplating pullin' out my suitcase and packin' everything I own
I didn't back then but I do know now, wherever U r is home
I'd crawl on my belly and beg U, but U're so far away
U've only been gone 4 an hour but it seems like a million days
A million days
A million days (Oh baby)
A million days

It's only been an hour since U left me
I wish I had somebody 2 blame
But U're the perfect picture of what love should look like
And I wanna b ur frame
It's only been an hour but it feels like a million days

Ah...
A million days

100,000 million days
Come home, come home baby
I can't take this no more
U better come home, girl, oh yeah (A million days)
Baby... (A million days)
I know I shouldn't put my faith n heroes
But I can't see U any other way (A million days)
Only been an hour since U left me, girl
Feels like a million, feels like a million days!

Come on home, baby

Life 'O' The Party
This is the life of the party, we gon' do it right

So U're havin' a party? Goody 4 U
All the beautiful people gonna b there, yeah, that's cool
U know U're gonna have a good time cuz U got the news
That the life of the party is gon' party wit U
We're doin' our own thing till the sun come up (Oh yeah)
Sweet Candy gon' b there (Uh-huh)
Yeah, it's gon' b rough (Say it's gonna b rough)
She ain't got no off switch and neither do I
When U read it n the paper 2morrow
U gon' hang ur head and cry (Whoo)

We gon' have us a party, all r welcome 2 (Ooh)
We ain't down with nobody don't party like we do
Once we get it started, we got 2 go all night, uh
This is the life of the party, we gon' do it right (Oh Lord)

Why party n ur own yard when U can party n mine?
All the beautiful people gonna b there puttin' the I n fine
Throw the records out my window (Uh-oh)
CDs out the door (Throw it away)
Might as well give it 2 the milkman (What?)
We don't want it no more
Everybody can smell this funk, y'all (Whoo)
Down n Atlanta, GA (Whatchu say?)
Everybody, even Dre and them know it's OK (Y'all know it's OK)
Hey, we don't need no trippin', y'all, on this special day
We just called 2 let U know U better not come if U can't stay
Hey!

We gon' have us a party, all r welcome 2 (All)
We ain't down with nobody that don't party like we do
Once we get it started, we got 2 go all night
This is the life of the party, we gon' do it right (Uh)
Horns
Uh
Whoo!
Uh

What's it... gonna take 2 get ur booty soakin' wet?
U and me closer, baby, that's a bet
I'm the life of the party
As long as I got ur body shakin' like a leaf on a tree
Cutie, come dance with me
U and me, we got mad chemistry
Don't it make U wanna holler? (Come)
Life of the party, y'all
We're still makin' dollars
25 years 2 life the judge sentenced me 2 hard labor
With a knife makin' cuts 4 y'all (Oh!)
Uh, Lord
Keepin' the party packed, fans wall 2 wall
I don't care what they said
"He don't play the hits no more plus I thought he was gay"
But it ain't nothin' if it ain't fun
My voice is gettin' higher and I ain't never had my nose done
Look out, uh uh
All the purple hippies bang ur heads on the 1

We gon' have us a party, all r welcome 2 (Sing ma')
We ain't down with nobody don't party like we do
Once we get it started, we got 2 go all night
This is the life of the party, we gon' do it right (Hey)
Hey
Have us a party, all r welcome 2 (Ow!)
And we ain't down with nobody that don't party like we do
Once we get it started, we got 2 go all night (Get it ma')
This is the life of the party, we gon' do it right (Horns)

Whoo, huh
Life of the party
Hey
Life of the party
Do do do do, do do do do

Call My Name
Call, call my name
Ooh, call it, call my name

I heard ur voice this morning calling out my name, mm
It had been so long since I've heard it
That it didn't really sound quite the same, no
But it let me know that my name had never really been spoken b4
B4 the day I carried U thru the bridal path door, huh
And ever since that day I haven't wanted anyone but U
Uh, and anybody who really knows me knows the truth
That I...

I just can't stop writin' songs about U, I love U so much
Mmm
I just can't wait 2 get my arms around U and feel ur touch
Hey
If I don't see U real soon, baby girl, I might go insane, mm
I know it's only been 3 hours but I love it when U call my name
Yes I do

I heard a voice on the news sayin' people wanna stop the war
Stop the war, ooh
If they had a love as sweet as U
They'd 4get what they were fightin' 4
What's the matter with the world 2day?
The land of the free, huh, somebody lied
They can bug my phone and peep around my home
They'll only see U and me makin' love inside

I just can't stop writin' songs about U, I love U so much
Love, love, love
I just can't wait 2 get my arms around U and feel ur touch (Yes)
If I don't see U real soon, baby girl, I might go insane (I'll go crazy)
I know it's only been 3 hours but I love it when U call my name
Oh yeah, call my name
Mmm, yeah, call my name

I've never seen the moon look so lovely as the night I saw it with U
It let me know I'd never seen the moon b4
So many speak of the moon as tho it had no flaws
But 2 compare it 2 a beauty like urs would give 1 pause
Nothing about U, huh, is false
That's why ur love is real
That's why ur love is real love (I'm talkin' about real love)
God 4bid if U belong 2 another I'd have 2 steal ya (I'd violate)
I would have 2 take U from ur man
I might b tempted 2 break the law 'round here
Because ur beauty, it gives 1 pause (Praise girl) (Yes it does)
It slows me down

I just can't stop writin' songs about U, I love U so much
I just can't wait 2 get my arms around U and feel ur touch (Oh)
If I don't see U real soon, baby girl, I might go insane (Crazy)
I know it's only been 3 hours but I love it when U call my name
I love it when she call, call my name
Yeah, baby (Call, call my name)
Prince
That's right
And I...

Cinnamon Girl

As war drums beat N Babylon
Cinnamon girl starts 2 pray
never heard a prayer like this 1
Never b4 that day
Tearful words of love 4 people
She had never met b4
Asking God 2 grant them mercy
N this face of holy war

Cinnamon girl
Cinnamon girl

Cinnamon girl of mixed heritage
Never knew the meaning of color lines
9/11 turned that all around
When she got accused of this crime
So began the mass illusion war on terror alibi
What's the use when the god of confusion
Keeps on tellin' the same lie?

Cinnamon girl
Cinnamon girl

Don't cry
Don't shed no tears
1 lie won't make us fear
Cuz we know how this movie's ending

Cinnamon girl
Ooh

As war drums beat N Babylon
& scorch the blood red sky
Militants bomb with foreign guns
Both sides - children die
Cinnamon girl opens the book
She knows will settle all the scores
Then she prays after the war
That there will not B anymore

Cinnamon girl
Yeah... uh
Cinnamon girl
Ah... yeah
Cinnamon girl
Don't worry, baby
It's gon' B alright
Yeah, cinnamon girl
Oh, ow!

What Do U Want Me 2 Do?
I see U picked me out from the crowd
Could it b the way I play guitar?
Master of the soft, not 2 loud
1 day maybe I will b a star
I see U picked me out like U want something
Shame on U, baby, can't U see this ring?

What do U want me 2 do, girl?
What do U want me 2 do, baby?
What do U want me 2 do, girl?
What do U want me 2 do, baby?

I got a woman, U got ur man
So we got 2 do what's right
I said U'd get beheaded n other lands
If I were n ur arms 2night
Quit tryin' 2 get me under that icy plunder
Boy oh boy, what a scare

Ooh, what do U want me 2 do, girl?
What do U want me 2 do, baby?
Uh, what do U want me 2 do, girl?
What do U want me 2 do, baby?

U picked me out of the crowd and ooh...
Just so bold and so proud and...
Dressed like U want everybody 2 just say
"Wow! Didn't her mama teach her better?
Ow! Dressed like that, somebody gon' get her"
Oh
Oh

I see U picked me from the crowd
Could it b the way I play guitar?
Master of the soft, not 2 loud
I don't ever really wanna b where U r
Where U r, no

What do U want me 2 do, girl?
Tell me what do U want me 2 do, baby?
Oh, what do U want me 2 do, girl?
Tell me, tell me what do U want me 2 do, baby?
I ain't tryin' 2 do that
What do U want me 2 do, girl?

Non preoccuparit per me, io sto bene
{Do not worry about me, I'm fine}
Anche senza di lui
{Even without him}
Sono arrivata in questo mondo da sola
{I arrived n this world alone}
Sono arrivato così
{I arrived like that}
Ma non voglio lasciarlo
{But I don't want 2 leave him}
Perché, perché gli uomini non ci amano così
{Why, why don't men love us like that?}
Solo così come noi ci meritiamo?
{Only as we deserve?}

The Marrying Kind
If U leave her now, U're never gonna 2 see her again
Never, no
She's gonna need a shoulder 2 cry on, she's gonna need a friend
She's gonna need a pillow case
Somethin' 2 put those tears on
And I've got some purple satin laces
1 second later than the second U're gone

She's gonna miss U at 1st but then she's gonna buy me things
That's when I'm gonna lay her across my piano stool and sing 2 her

Honey, I tried 2 tell him that U were the marrying kind
A faithful 1-man woman, best he would ever find
I guess he wasn't tryin' 2 hear that so there ain't nothin' left 2 say
I tried 2 tell him if U run 2 me, I... I won't run away

If U leave her now, U'll never get another glimpse
Ooh, I'm gonna lace her with enough ice 2 recap the pole
There might b another solar eclipse
She gonna find out what I like 4 my eggs
My bath water and how I like 2 b touched
I'm gonna put her on the same diet Missy went on
U know she eat 2 much 2night

She's gonna miss U at 1st, then she'll get used 2 me
All of the tricks I would try 2 make her take this ring and make love 2 me

I tried
Honey, I tried 2 tell him that U were the marrying kind
Talkin' about a faithful
A faithful 1-man woman, best he would ever find (Best he gonna ever find)
I guess he wasn't tryin' 2 hear that (He wasn't tryin')
So there ain't nothin' left 2 say (U already know what I got 2 say)
I tried 2 tell him if U run 2 me, I... I won't run away
Run away, run away, run away
Ah, ah
Don't run away

If Was The Man In Ur Life
If I was the man n ur life, uh
I'd make U happy, I'd treat U right
I'd buy U flowers every single day
I'd give U power, I'd do whatever U say

I heard a rumor that ur man, he said he'd do U wrong
And U're so vain U think that U're the 1 behind this song
Surely U know he got plenty lyrics, yeah, up his sleeve
And after he got what he want, he just go up and leave
Sunday chocolate on the roof right after his game
He like the Lakers but the Sixers on when he came
If he's with another now U best believe the party's crackin'
U gettin' played girl, U better get ur mack on

And do un2 others as they do un2 U
And call me on the day that U and him r just 2 thru
Ooh

If I was the man n ur life
I'd make U happy, I'd treat U right
I... would buy U flowers (yes I would) every single day
I'd give U power, I'd do whatever U say

Was it U that I saw outside the liquor store?
Waitin' on that fool 2 purchase what U'd been dyin' 4
Never thought I'd see a drop of spirit ever bring U down
Now U got that chocolate barracuda hangin' 'round
Hangin' 'round ur neck like a cheap gold chain
He don't deserve 2 say that he ever knew ur name
Much less he get 2 smell the perfume I gave ya
Please don't tell me that U all got down

U better do un2 others as they do un2 U
And call me on the day... that U and him r just 2 thru

If I was the man n ur life (Yeah, I would make U happy)
I'd make U happy, I'd treat U right (Don't U know I would treat U so right?)
I'd buy U flowers every single day (Oh...)
I'd give U power, darlin', I'd do whatever U say, whatever U say

On The Couch
Mm
Come on, baby
Oh
Ooh
Don't make me sleep on the couch
No no no
"Love Jones" is on the TV again, baby
Ooh
I wanna go down south, yeah
Oh

Come on, baby
Come on, baby
U know it's undignified, undignified 2 sleep alone
Oh yes it is
That's what all the people ain't got nobody do
U know they do
Talkin', talkin' on the telephone
Hey

Don't make me crash (Ooh)
Don't U do it, baby, don't U do it
Uh-uh
Don't make me sleep without ur kiss
Oh darlin', without ur kiss (Don't make me do it)
Oh
Tossin' and a-turnin' (Baby...)
Every inch of me yearnin' (Baby...)
Oh...

Don't U make me... suffer 4 this, oh
I know... that we agreed 2 b married
U know I know
U shouldn't let me unzip ur dress
Why'd U do it, baby?
Why'd U do it? Oh yeah
Confess U tease unless U please... ooh
Don't make me, don't make me sleep on the couch
No no no no

Dear Mr. Man
Oh
Oh

What's wrong with the world 2day?
Things just got 2 get better
It sho' ain't what the leaders say, mm, uh
Maybe we should write a letter
Said, "Dear Mr. Man, we don't understand
Why poor people keep strugglin' but U don't lend a helpin' hand
Matthew 5:5 say, 'The meek shall inherit the earth'
We wanna b down that way but U been trippin' since the day of ur birth
Who said (tell me who said) that 2 kill is a sin?
And started every single war that ur people been n?
Who said that water, uh, is a precious commodity?
Then dropped a big ol' black oil slick n the deep blue sea
Who told me, Mr. Man, that workin' around the clock
Would buy me a big house n the hood, cigarette ads on every block?
Who told me, Mr. Man, that I got a right 2 moan?
How about this big ol' hole n the ozone?"

What's wrong with the world 2day? Mm
Things just got 2 get better
Dear Mr. Man, we don't understand, mm mm
Maybe we should write a letter
Solo

Listen...
"Ain't no sense n voting same song with a different name
Might not b n the back of the bus but it sho' feel just the same
Ain't nothin' fair about welfare, ain't no assistance n AIDS (No no)
Ain't nothin' affirmative about ur actions till the people get paid
Ur thousand years r up, uh, now U got 2 share the land
Section 1, the 14th amendment says, 'No state shall deprive any person
Of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law'
Mr. Man, we want 2 end this letter with 3 words: 'We tired o' y'all'"

Tired, tired
Sick and tired of bein' tired
Dear Mr. Man
C'mon now
Hey, what's wrong, huh, with the world 2day?
Uh, things just got 2 get better
Dear Mr. Man

Reflection
2 sevens 2gether like time, indefinite
Try 2 catch the glass b4 it falls
Without a frown can U turn up the stereo?
I wanna play U this old song, it's about love
Huh, can I do that?

Did we remember 2 water the plants 2day?
I 4got 2 look up at the moon because
I was 2 busy, said I was 2 busy
I was 2 busy lookin' at U, baby

Still it's nice 2 know that uh...
When bodies wear out, we can get another
What does that 1 thing have 2 do with the other 1?
Oh
I don't know, I was just thinkin' about my mother

U know what? Turn the stereo back down
Ain't nothin' worse than an old worn out love song
Tell me, do U like my hair this way?
Remember all the way back n the day
When we would compare who's afro was the roundest

Mirrored tiles, huh, above the bed
Fishin' nets and posters all over the walls
Oh yes
Sometimes I just wanna go sit out on the stoop and hmph...
Play my guitar
Just watch all, all the cars go by



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