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The Truth
  21st studio album by Prince
Released: January 29, 1998
© NPG Records, excl. 2 Legacy Recordings
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The Truth

Mm

What if half the things ever said
Turned out 2 B a lie?
How will U know the truth?
If U were given all the answers
When U stopped 2 wonder Y
But how will U know the truth?

Everybody's got a right 2 love
Everybody's got a right 2 lie
But the choice U make
It ain't no piece of cake
It ain't no motherfuckin' piece of pie

What if time's only reason
Was 2 give us all somethin' 2 fear
& if so, y'all
The end of the journey's so clear

Questionnaire - "What did U stand 4?"
Questionnaire - "Who did U save?"
When it gets right down 2 it
Wait a minute
When it gets right down 2 the...
Nitty of the gritty
When it gets right down 2 it
Did U take more than U gave?

Everybody's got a right 2 love
Everybody's got a right 2 lie
But the choice U make
It ain't no piece of cake
It ain't no motherfuckin'...
Motherfuckin' piece of pie!

Mmm, well...
Gotta tell the truth, y'all!
Gotta tell the truth
{repeat lines}

If there was just 1 day
When everybody told the truth
We'd all trade bank accounts
& move 2 Neptune

Don't Play Me

Don't play me
'm over 30
& don't smoke weed
put my ass away
& the music play
Ain't the type of stereo
U'r tryin' 2 feed
Don't play me

Don't play me
use proper English
& 'm straight
'm N the news again
4 payin' dues, my friend
& not the ganda
U propa my way

Don't play me
've been 2 the mountain top
& it ain't what U say
Don't play me

Don't play me
'm the wrong color
& play guitar
My only competition is...
Well, me N the past
But time & time
If time existed
Movin' ever so fast
Don't play me

U couldn't play enuff of me now
2 make me feel like a star
Don't play me
already do N my car
Don't play me

Don't B mad at me
The curtain puller N the game
Maybe how... U call us niggas
Ain't the same
It's all good
When U know the only fame
Is the light that comes from God
& the joy U get 2 say His name
Don't play me

Don't play me
've seen the mountain top
& it ain't what U say
Don't play me
already got laid

Circle Of Amour

Mary, Claire, Denise & Belle
Best friends as far as could tell
Cheerleaders except 4 Denise
She was the wild 1
She was the beast
She was the 1
Who named the group
The original gang of 4
Mary, Claire, Denise & Belle
Circle of amour

10th grade Central N September
That was a year remember
On this chilly cold afternoon
overheard the gang N the locker room
Rendezvous at Mary's house
Dirty words & wine (Ooh)
Needless 2 say
They all spent the day
Just counting time...

Halfway thru her history class (Ooh)
Denise - she kindly raised her hand
& asked (Ooh)
If she could B excused
("Can B excused?")
Then she ran from school N a hurry
The other girls...
Ooh, they knew
This is what friends R really 4
Mary, Claire, Denise & Belle
Circle of amour...

Imagination should window
On a cold September day (Ooh)
Leaves R brown
Passion sounds (Ooh)
A memory self astray
4 hands N the place
Where the feet connects
Gang of 4
Circle of sex

N a vicious race 2 maturity
They almost faint from ecstasy
Sweat upon the necks of dames
Loser N the circle game
Cuz memories R worth so much more
Mary, Claire, Denise & Belle
Circle of amour

Ooh
Mary, Claire, Denise & Belle...
Circle of amour
{repeat lines}

3rd

Using a special code
He accessed his mind
N search of the reason Y
N passion & fashion he...
Began traveling time
3rd eye...

The serpent approves
Then appears between Adam's thighs
& he tries 2 release upon Eve the nectar
The injector tries
He tries...

So abduction complete
All stand on their feet
Look at 1 another & cry

What have we done?
Could this B the fun
On the dotted line
4 which did sign?
Yeah...

resign from the notion
Cuz urs was the potion
That 'm supposed 2 die 4
resign

N self-pity so dark
This shitty & stark
Realization is all that will soothe...

Ultimately the only 1
That can save U is U
Ur God is inside
& 4 that God U will do
Whatever it takes
If nothing else is true
The only 1 that can save U
Is U, yeah

Shoo-b-doop

Dionne

Well

Dionne
U should've held my hand
U should've let me B ur man
Dionne
U should've closed ur eyes
U should've held on
With both hands 2 ur prize

Dionne
U should've let me down easy
If U had no plans 2 please me
Dionne

Dionne
could've been the 1
could've shown U
The Champs-Élysées under the sun
Oh yeah, Dionne...
could've whispered ur name...
If only 4 fun

Dionne
U should've let me down easy
If U had no plans 2 please me
Dionne...
Oh, Dionne...

Dionne...
We could've shared a martini
We could've danced 2 Mancini
Till dawn
Dionne
should've broke down
& kissed U
should've
But just miss U
Dionne

Man In A Uniform

"Oh," she said
Hut!
Uh...

She said...
"Man N a uniform
2night, that's what want U 2 B"
She said...
"3rd time this week
U wore that old suit
But don't give a damn, U C?
Becuz man N a uniform
Do funny things 2 me"
& said...
"It's the 3rd time
But don't mind
Cuz that sister
Just so damn fine"

Man N a uniform (Hut!)
That's what am
Man N a uniform, uh
That's what am

She said...
"Man N a uniform
Sufferin' every stroke of my hand
(Ooh)
From the dusk
Until the early morn'
(Da da da!)
U will grant this girl's demands"
Uh uh (Y?)
Cuz she need 2 B
Drunk with pride
Wait a minute
'm go'n tell U Y
2 make up...
4 the emptiness
That she feel inside
Yeah... uh
C'mon

Man N a uniform (C'mon)
That's what am (Hut!)
Hut!

Man N a uniform
She said...
"2night, want ur attention"
She said...
"2night, want ur violent tongue
2 swallow my stench
& B loyal 2 me
She'll never B free
Until U do me (Hut!)
Like a man N a uniform"

Hut!
Man N a uniform
That's what am
Oh ...
Man N a uniform (Baby...)
That's what am
Dirty little man N a uniform
That's what am
Hut!

Animal Kingdom

saw a friend of mine 2day
N an ad sayin'...
What would do my body good
told him he was wastin' time
say...
If God wanted milk N me
The breast suck
Would have a line around the hood

No member of the animal kingdom
Nurses past maturity
No member of the animal kingdom
Ever did a thing 2 me
It's Y don't eat red meat
Or white fish
Don't give me no blue cheese
We're all members of the animal kingdom
Leave ur brothers & sisters N the sea
Animal, animal kingdom
Sha sha sha....
Animal, animal kingdom

Who told us...
We should eat the swine?
U can bet ur bottom money
It damn sure wasn't no friend of mine
What about the clams on the shore?
Souls N progress
Here come the fisherman
Soul no more

No member of the animal kingdom
Nurses past maturity (Oh yeah)
No member of the animal kingdom
(Ever did a damn thing)
Ever did a thing 2 me
So don't eat no red meat
Or white fish
Or funky, funky blue cheese
We're all members of the animal kingdom
Leave ur brothers & sisters N the sea
Animal, animal kingdom...
Sha sha sha....
Animal, animal kingdom

The Other Side Of The Pillow

Cool as the other side of the pillow
Smooth as another glass of wine
Oh, yes sir
'm so glad U'r my baby, oh yeah
'm so glad that U'r mine

Bad as Bonnie when she ran with Barrow, yeah
When U kiss me - {muah}
Feels like 'm committin' a crime, oh yeah
U use furniture N new ways
Yes U do
can't find the adjectives enuff 2 say
'm so glad U'r my baby, uh
OK?
Yeah...

'm cool as the other side of the pillow, baby
So smooth as another glass of wine, baby
(Bubbly, bubbly)
'm so glad U'r my baby
('m so glad U'r mine)
Oh, yes am...
'm so glad U'r mine

Cool as the other side of the pillow
U'r pretty, baby
Smooth
wanna drink U all up
How did U learn that trick with the chair?
Hmm?
Psst, don't care
Just as long as U do it again

Cool as the other side...
Cool as the other... side
Cool as the other side of the pillow, baby
Cool as a glass of wine
'm gettin' tipsy & ...
{whistle}

Cool as the other side of the pillow
Cool

Fascination

Fascination
want U
Fascination
want U, do

Fascination chamber
Lands on the round that kills
The art U hoped 2 mirror life
Leaves blood upon the sill
The dream U keep dreaming
Is better than the life U lead
The papers run out
A day & 13 hours
B4 the weed
U'r so high

Fascination
Still want U
Fascination
Still want U, do

The head U thought was rollin'
Is now reason 2 B bored
The rapper that gave that head
Will thank his manager b4 the Lord
& the headache that U moan about
Feels much better
Than the treatment would
The pill's gonna leave a side effect
That'll take another pill 2 correct
& the whole thing's leavin' U feelin'
Less than good
& U'r still high

Fascination...
Do U mind if an eye
Just watch U shake it?
Shake it... uh...

Fascination
want U
Fascination
want U, do

The most vital thing N pop
Is the epitome of doom
U wake up N a cold sweat
Cuz 1 of them's N ur room
Singin' on the telly
Makin' more bucks than sense
So called King gives birth
2 so called Prince

A breakup's bitter taste
Will still heal when love is gone
& the breaks U wish 4
Finally come along N song
Workin' it out
Work... workin' it out
Fascination
Ohmmm

One Of Your Tears

Did U get the tape sentcha?
thought it'd B better N a song
Better than the used condom U sent me
Baby, that was wrong
All the things a brother had 2 picture
C him doin' things witcha
C his hand N the small of ur back
C his face N between
The king & queen
N fact...

Sometimes wanna die
& come back as 1 of ur tears

If could just disappear
Cease 2 exist
Cease 2 B here
Want me
If U don't want me
'm not worth the air that breathe
wish could disappear

Sometimes wanna die
& come back as 1 of ur tears
Shoo-be-doo...
Oh
If could disappear
Ooh

'm dyin'
Baby, sometimes wanna die
& come back as 1 of ur tears
Sometimes wanna die
& come back as 1 of ur tears

Comeback

Walking up the stairs
Just the afternoon
Sweet wind blew
Not a moment 2 soon
Ooh, cried
When realized
That sweet wind was U

Spirits come
& spirits go
Some stick around
4 the aftershow
don't have 2 say miss U
Cuz think U already know

If U ever lose some1
Dear 2 U
Never say the words
"They'r gone"
They'll come back, yeah...
They'll come back
Tears go here...

Welcome 2 The Dawn

When the things U know R right
R far from what they seem
When the past becomes the future
& time becomes a dream
When the light of God (Ooh)
Is the only thing N life that will redeem
Welcome, welcome 2 the dawn
Ooh, welcome 2 the dawn
Oh ooh
Well, yeah - ha

When the voice U hear commands U (Ooh)
2 entertain the absurd
& when U do, the action unlocks
The apocalypse of that U've heard of
When the day, huh, lies b4 U
Seems the darkest N a word
Welcome, welcome 2 the dawn
Ah yes... (Welcome 2 the dawn)
Woo...

Every piece a puzzle
& every name a clue
K A R M A...
Every charge U make is karma
So B careful what U do

La la la...
Welcome
Woo...
Welcome, welcome 2 the dawn
Welcome 2 the dawn
Thank U



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