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Thread started 07/21/19 8:30am

getwild180

The Breakdown...one of the last beautiful songs he's ever made

This song has so much emotion. You can actually feel the pain and hurt as he was singing it. I can never bring myself to skip the song even if I wanted to. The more I hear it the better it gets. I'd say it's better than "Way Back Home"
What do you think of this song?
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Reply #1 posted 07/21/19 8:54am

rdhull

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I think it’s one of his last beautiful songs as well. I remember prior to Art Official Age, there was a group of song snippets and this was one of them and was the standout, deservedly so. It showcases his passion showing he gave a damn with this one instead of some ballads that he could and did in his sleep in his later years. And no I do not mind the dirty mind bedsprings Star Wars lasers placed in it at all. This song is actually the centerpiece of the record imho.
c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #2 posted 07/21/19 9:39am

RJOrion

amazing song...seems like one of the most honest songs he ever wrote...AOA is such an underrated album...easily one of his greatest.
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Reply #3 posted 07/21/19 9:46am

violetcrush

I think it was definitely an important song to him. He seemed to be very emotional when he performed it at the 2013 Montreux Jazz Festival. I think it's quite special and beautiful.

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Reply #4 posted 07/21/19 9:54am

darlingnikkkki

RJOrion said:

amazing song...seems like one of the most honest songs he ever wrote...AOA is such an underrated album...easily one of his greatest.


Being his last concept album, definitely one of his best, and in hindsight, a bittersweet farewell album. sad
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Reply #5 posted 07/21/19 10:08am

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Yes it's really beautiful and the best song on AOA imo smile
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Reply #6 posted 07/21/19 10:10am

feeluupp

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[Snip - luv4u]

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Reply #7 posted 07/21/19 11:02am

Empress

I love this song and it's one of my husbands favourites as well.
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Reply #8 posted 07/21/19 11:52am

0uterageous

If anyone plans to do ultimate VIP tour at PP. You get the opportunity to hear a snippet of Breakdown, the stripped down version (just his vocals)

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Reply #9 posted 07/21/19 1:34pm

dodger

One of his last great songs.
I love it from the 3rd verse onwards in his lower register and Andy Allo’s backing vocals
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Reply #10 posted 07/21/19 2:04pm

donnyenglish

a very personal strong about his struggle.
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Reply #11 posted 07/21/19 4:10pm

ForbiddenFruit

The scream is unbelievable, gets me every time...
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Reply #12 posted 07/22/19 1:54pm

ChickenMcNugge
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Perfectly placed at the end of side one of the vinyl, too. I mentally 'flip the record' after it ends, even if I'm listening to the streaming version of the album...

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Reply #13 posted 07/22/19 2:02pm

renfield

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One of my favorite songs. Not just from AOA but from Prince period. It showed he could still make spectacular music as well as he ever did.

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Reply #14 posted 07/22/19 2:19pm

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I think the lyrics are cheesy and probably the lamest song on the album. Not a patch on “way back home” IMO

I do wonder about some of the places he woke up that we “wouldn’t believe” tho, like on the ledge of a tenth floor Vegas hotel balcony or a beach surrounded by mutilated corpse’s
My fathers got a shotgun...I hope he doesn't use it
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Reply #15 posted 07/22/19 3:05pm

violetcrush

Revolution81 said:

I think the lyrics are cheesy and probably the lamest song on the album. Not a patch on “way back home” IMO I do wonder about some of the places he woke up that we “wouldn’t believe” tho, like on the ledge of a tenth floor Vegas hotel balcony or a beach surrounded by mutilated corpse’s

Honest lyrics - not cheesy at all. I think the "places" he's referring to were more like houses of ill repute or serious party houses more than anything else.

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During his spot on Arsenio Hall in 2014 Arsenio says, "there were so many things we did back then...remember that house? We were sittin' at that house, and it's like, they'd take you in and they'd chain the door, and there's a Pit Bull and uh, they'd give you a drink in a cup, and he (Prince) wouldn't touch nothing..."

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Reply #16 posted 07/22/19 3:27pm

LovePaisley

Revolution81 said:

I think the lyrics are cheesy and probably the lamest song on the album. Not a patch on “way back home” IMO

I do wonder about some of the places he woke up that we “wouldn’t believe” tho, like on the ledge of a tenth floor Vegas hotel balcony or a beach surrounded by mutilated corpse’s


I dunno. Considering that he also mentions a "journal full of notes" that he used to go thru--1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7-- I've always wondered if waking up in places you never would believe might be about waking up in a pile of women? He certainly could've if he wanted to. Makes more sense than blackout drunk.

And the scream.

sigh

I may be in a minority, but I'd call it a screech and I think it ruins the song and possibly even made a perfect song to memorialize him on the radio after 4/21, unplayable. Don't get me wrong, I love his screams--none better-- but not that one.
[Edited 7/22/19 15:27pm]
And the MUSIC continues...forever...
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Reply #17 posted 07/22/19 4:25pm

violetcrush

LovePaisley said:

Revolution81 said:
I think the lyrics are cheesy and probably the lamest song on the album. Not a patch on “way back home” IMO I do wonder about some of the places he woke up that we “wouldn’t believe” tho, like on the ledge of a tenth floor Vegas hotel balcony or a beach surrounded by mutilated corpse’s
I dunno. Considering that he also mentions a "journal full of notes" that he used to go thru--1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7-- I've always wondered if waking up in places you never would believe might be about waking up in a pile of women? He certainly could've if he wanted to. Makes more sense than blackout drunk. And the scream. sigh I may be in a minority, but I'd call it a screech and I think it ruins the song and possibly even made a perfect song to memorialize him on the radio after 4/21, unplayable. Don't get me wrong, I love his screams--none better-- but not that one. [Edited 7/22/19 15:27pm]

It's a "journal full of numbers" - as in, phone numbers - not notes. Seems he was referring to the many women that he used to juggle.

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Reply #18 posted 07/22/19 5:11pm

LovePaisley

violetcrush said:



LovePaisley said:


Revolution81 said:
I think the lyrics are cheesy and probably the lamest song on the album. Not a patch on “way back home” IMO I do wonder about some of the places he woke up that we “wouldn’t believe” tho, like on the ledge of a tenth floor Vegas hotel balcony or a beach surrounded by mutilated corpse’s

I dunno. Considering that he also mentions a "journal full of notes" that he used to go thru--1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7-- I've always wondered if waking up in places you never would believe might be about waking up in a pile of women? He certainly could've if he wanted to. Makes more sense than blackout drunk. And the scream. sigh I may be in a minority, but I'd call it a screech and I think it ruins the song and possibly even made a perfect song to memorialize him on the radio after 4/21, unplayable. Don't get me wrong, I love his screams--none better-- but not that one. [Edited 7/22/19 15:27pm]


It's a "journal full of numbers" - as in, phone numbers - not notes. Seems he was referring to the many women that he used to juggle.



My bad! Thanks for the correction, I was rushing to grab dinner off the stove. But yeah, that's what I meant, that I wondered if the many women and "places you never would believe" had anything to do with each other. Just speculation.
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Reply #19 posted 07/22/19 5:33pm

donnyenglish

The song is not about a woman or women. Listen very closely ...
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Reply #20 posted 07/22/19 6:04pm

violetcrush

donnyenglish said:

The song is not about a woman or women. Listen very closely ...

So, what is your interpretation of the “journal full of numbers” lyric??
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Reply #21 posted 07/22/19 6:06pm

feeluupp

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feeluupp said:

[Snip - luv4u]

Umm... A few members messaged me about that snip, as they were shocked why it got snipped...

My exact post about was the song sounded a bit flat.

Have no idea why you snipped that.

Yes I felt his vocal range and the overall sound of the song sounded flat.

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Reply #22 posted 07/22/19 7:56pm

renfield

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violetcrush said:

donnyenglish said:
The song is not about a woman or women. Listen very closely ...
So, what is your interpretation of the “journal full of numbers” lyric??

After about a dozen listens it hit me that the song is about God...he says he used to be material ("I used to want the house with the biggest pool"), he used to drink/party, he used to go through women (the journal full of numbers), but as the subject of the song keeps breaking him down he's given up all those things. At the end the walls he'd built around himself became a door, and the song's subject will catch him when he falls. It perfectly fits with his later-life ideas of leaving his past behind and embracing a more Godly life. Being "broken down" and made better. I think that's why it was so personal to him.

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Reply #23 posted 07/22/19 8:46pm

PeggyO

He cried at the end of the song in Montreux (2013). He seemed very sad and one thing he mentioned was he wanted more time here. I feel he was too sad for it to be anything other than a serious chronic or acute illness.I feel he was asking God to "catch him" if he fell during this scary process.

I think he was upset with himself for wasting precious time on superficial as well as harmful pursuits.

Re: the show in Sydney, I think sometimes Prince mentioned attraction to women in his songs/performances as a cover for other, perhaps deeper and more vulnerable feelings. He could not directly tell us that he was very ill as it would have caused a media circus.

I think he was saying good-bye for a couple of years. The album, Art Official Age was a farewell in IMO. Took alot of courage.

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Reply #24 posted 07/22/19 8:47pm

violetcrush

renfield said:



violetcrush said:


donnyenglish said:
The song is not about a woman or women. Listen very closely ...

So, what is your interpretation of the “journal full of numbers” lyric??

After about a dozen listens it hit me that the song is about God...he says he used to be material ("I used to want the house with the biggest pool"), he used to drink/party, he used to go through women (the journal full of numbers), but as the subject of the song keeps breaking him down he's given up all those things. At the end the walls he'd built around himself became a door, and the song's subject will catch him when he falls. It perfectly fits with his later-life ideas of leaving his past behind and embracing a more Godly life. Being "broken down" and made better. I think that's why it was so personal to him.


Hmmm...except that a portion of the lyrics seem to reference a woman more than God. He sings “every book I read said that I would meet somebody like you...” and then “baby baby, there’s a door that you can walk through where there used to be a wall...”
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He always referred to women as “baby” in his songs. He would not use that term for God.
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I think he is expressing regret for the time he wasted partying and running around in his younger days, his focus on material things, as well as, speaking in general and/or to a woman about how he can now be vulnerable in a relationship - he no longer has that wall separating him from emotional attachment.
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Reply #25 posted 07/22/19 9:26pm

BalladofPeterP
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I LOVE that track, it's very heartfelt.

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Reply #26 posted 07/23/19 7:19am

violetcrush

violetcrush said:

renfield said:



violetcrush said:


donnyenglish said:
The song is not about a woman or women. Listen very closely ...

So, what is your interpretation of the “journal full of numbers” lyric??

After about a dozen listens it hit me that the song is about God...he says he used to be material ("I used to want the house with the biggest pool"), he used to drink/party, he used to go through women (the journal full of numbers), but as the subject of the song keeps breaking him down he's given up all those things. At the end the walls he'd built around himself became a door, and the song's subject will catch him when he falls. It perfectly fits with his later-life ideas of leaving his past behind and embracing a more Godly life. Being "broken down" and made better. I think that's why it was so personal to him.


Hmmm...except that a portion of the lyrics seem to reference a woman more than God. He sings “every book I read said that I would meet somebody like you...” and then “baby baby, there’s a door that you can walk through where there used to be a wall...”
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He always referred to women as “baby” in his songs. He would not use that term for God.
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I think he is expressing regret for the time he wasted partying and running around in his younger days, his focus on material things, as well as, speaking in general and/or to a woman about how he can now be vulnerable in a relationship - he no longer has that wall separating him from emotional attachment.

^^^^^ Adding to my thought above - I think the sadness of this song is that it took him too long to get to this point. He wasted the years and realizes it’s too late. I think that is what made it so emotional for him.
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Reply #27 posted 07/23/19 10:22am

ISaidLifeIsJus
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donnyenglish said:

The song is not about a woman or women. Listen very closely ...



I have always said this ^^^^^

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Reply #28 posted 07/23/19 10:36am

ISaidLifeIsJus
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In November 2018 Andy posted:


"Wow... found a gem of a rough recording...Prince and I working out The Breakdown... I'll have to share one of these days..."

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Reply #29 posted 07/23/19 11:29am

violetcrush

ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

donnyenglish said:

The song is not about a woman or women. Listen very closely ...



I have always said this ^^^^^

I don't think the "listen very closely" was implying some hidden message. I think it was his way of saying, "listen closely to my cautionary tale so you don't make the same mistakes."

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"this could be the saddest story ever been told. I used to want the house with the biggest pool. Reminiscing now I just feel like a fool..." and "give me back the time, you can keep the memories.". *

I think he's expressing how, if he could, he would turn back time and change how he behaved - both generally and in relationships - because he does not like thinking about how he behaved.

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The last verse - "baby baby, see there's a door that you can walk through where there used to be a wall. I don't care, it's cool, as long as you catch me baby (catch me when I fall) if ever there's a fall.."

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I think he's expressing that he is now able to be vulnerable and open with a woman, as long as she is there to help him through any "breakdown" or "fall" he may have.

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