“Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince

“Tell me, are we gonna let de-elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!

Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Look 4 the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!”


Even for a pop lyricist, the purple one has a style that can best be described as idiosyncratic. The degree to which his metaphors are inscrutably personal is rivaled only by Andrew Eldritch and William Burroughs. And the manner in which he writes his lyrics shows either a terrifying disregard for correct spelling, or an eerie prescience of text messaging (or TXT MSG, if you prefer).

That said, it’s hard not to have certain suspicions as to the identity of the purple banana…


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