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Thread started 06/04/17 10:45pm

dance4me3121

The Line-Appreciation Thread

I just rediscovered this song.its very powerful. IDK how it would've fit in on the lovesexy album.i dare to say that maybe "The Line" was too good for the lovesexy album.
What is everyone here's favorite version? Version 1 has a dark feel to it but version 2 is not so dark and has LOTS of energy.i believe version 2 circulated 2 or 3 years ago.
[Edited 6/4/17 22:46pm]
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Reply #1 posted 06/04/17 10:55pm

FragileUnderto
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i absolustly love the older version! Love bonis voice on it biggrin

Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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Reply #2 posted 06/04/17 11:03pm

moonsister

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The Line
Can U talk 2 me with your body, baby?
Can U tell me what I wanna hear?
Can U lay on me a good enough reason 2 cross the line?
Yeah, ho! {x2}

Can U be my lover and still be my friend? (Can U be my friend?)
Can U stick with me till the bitter end? (The bitter end)
Can U lay on me a good enough reason 2 cross the line?
Yeah, ho! (Cross the line)

CHORUS:
The line, line - it's a happy step 2 make
It takes time, time - all is what it takes
The line, line - and soon your life is so much better
The water's so much better on the other side (Cross the line)

Can U tolerate? Why am I not so free?
How I did the plan
Can U understand I'm a free man?
But will I stop the dam if I don't cross the line?
Yeah, ho! {x2}
Ow!

Hey
Cross the line sugar, cross the line {x2}
Cross the line

CHORUS

(Cross the line)

Cross the line sugar, cross the line {x3}

I want U 2 cross the line, hey! {sample used in "Acknowledge Me"}
Talk 2 me, say the things I wanna hear, oh!
Cross the line

Cross the line

Cross the line
Baby, baby, baby, can U make me cross the line?
Cross the line, sugar, cross the line
U know U got 2 cross the line!

(New dance) {repeat in BG}
People, people, I got a brand new dance {x2}
Ain't talkin' 'bout Housequake! No!
Ain't talkin' 'bout Shake 'N' Bake! No!
Ain't talkin' 'bout Rice-O-Roni! No!
I'm talkin' 'bout Macaroni? No!
Lord have mercy

Boni? (What?)
On the 2 (Yeah!)
What we gonna do? (Kangaroo!)
Say it! (Kangaroo!)
Come on
Boni? (What?)
On the 2 (Yeah!)
What U wanna do? (Kangaroo!)
Do the do (Do the do!)

Cross the line {repeat}
Baby, baby, baby, cross the line {repeat 2 fade}

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, help me stand
I try, I have need, I am whole
Through the door, through the shore
Precious Lord, I believe in your name



Great lyrics wish I could hear it. neutral
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Reply #3 posted 06/04/17 11:28pm

FragileUnderto
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ok i had to bust this one out dancing jig

Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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Reply #4 posted 06/05/17 3:39am

AnnaSantana

This track is dope AF. Used to be OBSESSED with it, played it on repeat.
finger DONALD TRUMP
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Reply #5 posted 06/05/17 4:38am

paulludvig

I usually prefer the the stripped down versions recorded more or less solo by Prince but in this case I prefer the second more busy version. I think it would have fitted nicely on Lovesexy, perhaps in place of Dance On.
[Edited 6/5/17 5:10am]
The wooh is on the one!
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Reply #6 posted 06/05/17 4:45am

iZsaZsa

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thumbs up!
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Reply #7 posted 06/05/17 4:46am

jjam

Definitely one of my favourite outtakes - both versions are cool.

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Reply #8 posted 06/05/17 4:52am

Robert3rd

Love, love LOVE the version with Boni singing Precious Lord at the end. This coming from an Agnostic says a lot. Boni rivaled Rosie for one of the best singers in one of his bands.
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Reply #9 posted 06/05/17 5:14am

paulludvig

Does crossing the line represent a leap of faith (accepting religion) or crossing over to "the other side" ie death?
The wooh is on the one!
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Reply #10 posted 06/05/17 6:07am

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paulludvig said:

Does crossing the line represent a leap of faith (accepting religion) or crossing over to "the other side" ie death?

I don't know. Is he asking to be convinced to get married? Lol. Why do men do that?
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Reply #11 posted 06/05/17 7:27am

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the busier version would have worked on Lovesexy

if anything it should have been released as a Bside to Lovesexy

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
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Reply #12 posted 06/05/17 7:51am

BoraBora

dance4me3121 said:

I just rediscovered this song.its very powerful. IDK how it would've fit in on the lovesexy album.i dare to say that maybe "The Line" was too good for the lovesexy album. What is everyone here's favorite version? Version 1 has a dark feel to it but version 2 is not so dark and has LOTS of energy.i believe version 2 circulated 2 or 3 years ago. [Edited 6/4/17 22:46pm]



"Too good for the Lovesexy album"?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? eek eek

It sounds like blasphemy. lol


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Reply #13 posted 06/05/17 8:11am

RJOrion

AnnaSantana said:

This track is dope AF. Used to be OBSESSED with it, played it on repeat.




yep...me too...
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Reply #14 posted 06/05/17 10:12am

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iZsaZsa said:

paulludvig said:
Does crossing the line represent a leap of faith (accepting religion) or crossing over to "the other side" ie death?
I don't know. Is he asking to be convinced to get married? Lol. Why do men do that?

Yes, he is doing that and that man did it because he wanted to have someone in his life but be a hoe bag at the same time.

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Reply #15 posted 06/05/17 10:27am

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Not sure I've ever listened fully to the first version that leaked as I've always assumed that it was incomplete and the second one was more "complete", am I wrong about this?

Heavenly wine and roses seems to whisper to me when you smile...
Always cry for love, never cry for pain...
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Reply #16 posted 06/05/17 12:16pm

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Regardless of which one one prefers, what I found totally impressive when I finally got to hear the second version was how those 2 recordings tell 2 completely different stories. The lyrics are the same, even the basic tracks are the same, yet by piling up additional elements, Prince has managed to make 2 songs that tell 2 stories so different that are are nearly contradictory, the first one being a dark, intimate doubt song, and the second one a joyful, celebratory gospel. Those 2 recordings are almost a case study of how layered, complex and ambiguous Prince's work is.

In the end my feeling is that in both thematics and sound texture, version 2 would have been perfect for Lovesexy, while version 1 would have fit well on Graffiti Bridge.

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Reply #17 posted 06/05/17 1:30pm

iZsaZsa

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laurarichardson said:



iZsaZsa said:


paulludvig said:
Does crossing the line represent a leap of faith (accepting religion) or crossing over to "the other side" ie death?

I don't know. Is he asking to be convinced to get married? Lol. Why do men do that?

Yes, he is doing that and that man did it because he wanted to have someone in his life but be a hoe bag at the same time.


That would never work. Even if she says, "Yes, okay, go on.", his feelings would be hurt.
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Reply #18 posted 06/06/17 2:00am

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Both are good. Slight preference for the one with Boni. Boni was cool.
'Liberate My Mind'
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Reply #19 posted 06/06/17 2:53am

Adorecream

Love this jam, so upbeat and positive and these lines

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(New dance) {repeat in BG}
People, people, I got a brand new dance {x2}
Ain't talkin' 'bout Housequake! No!
Ain't talkin' 'bout Shake 'N' Bake! No!
Ain't talkin' 'bout Rice-O-Roni! No!
I'm talkin' 'bout Macaroni? No!
Lord have mercy

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The fact his voice is really frenzied when he is talking about instant kitchen products.

Then Boni's voice in the "Take my hand precious lord"

The backbeats and harmonies and some of Prince's screams are incredible.

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This jam is a party in yo ears!

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I have 2 versions

One is off the Work 2.0/Testament boot and is 7.32 long it sounds more sparse and bass infused and has Boni Boyer all over it. In the 1987 folder

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The second is off Perfect Unreleased Prince, is longer at 8.54 and sounds more polished, again it is the whole band. It sounds a bit later than the above one. This has more organs and Timbales running through and also background noise of clapping and all the pimp talking you hear in between Eye Know and Alphabet Street and Joy in Repetition.

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Reply #20 posted 06/06/17 4:57am

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iZsaZsa said:

laurarichardson said:

Yes, he is doing that and that man did it because he wanted to have someone in his life but be a hoe bag at the same time.

That would never work. Even if she says, "Yes, okay, go on.", his feelings would be hurt.

Exactly, he would have been setting himself for heartbreak either way which I think was what Prince wanted.

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Reply #21 posted 06/06/17 5:49am

Laydown

never thought much of this song or its lyrics

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Reply #22 posted 06/06/17 7:03am

NouveauDance

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Laydown said:

never thought much of this song or its lyrics

Something, something, username song, something....

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