Prince departed this thing called life on Thursday, but he sure had a lot of fun during the 57 years he could indulge in the garden of earthly delights. (Sex. We mean sex.)
Did any musician love women as much as Prince? His small frame was constantly brimming over with sexual energy, pouring out of him in falsetto screams and breathy whispers on songs that are every bit as good for dancing as what happens afterward.
Prince was not a man of subtlety, never shying away from the details of all the different ways he liked to do it. But he was also a feminist, in his professional life (hiring female musicians before they came to run the entertainment world) and in his lyrics that celebrated strong women, all bodies and making sure the ladies are having fun, too.
So thank you, Prince. We like to think you'd enjoy this tribute of 10 times you got us in the mood for some good lovin'.
We are now making our final approach to Satisfaction
Please bring your lips, your arms, your hips
Into the upright and locked position
For landing — Can you feel it? Can you feel it?
— “International Lover”
Ladies, you all deserve someone who cares about your orgasm as much as Prince.
I'm not sayin' this just 2 be nasty
I sincerely wanna f— the taste out of your mouth
— “Let's Pretend We're Married”
Prince is hurting in this song. He’d just been dumped and needs to lose himself in someone else for the night. It’s raw desire — he wants someone else to be as overwhelmed by him as his former love got under his skin. It’s aggressive, sure, but it’s as much about his emotional need to think and feel anything other than pain.
Listen, they say the first time ain't the greatest
But I tell you, if I had the chance to do it all again
I wouldn't change a stroke
Cause baby I'm the most
With a girl as fine as she was then
— “Raspberry Beret”
This verse is the essence of Prince’s message across all of his songs. Be present. Lose yourself in the moment. Do the things you want to do with the person you want who wants you back just as much. It will make all the difference.
You just leave it all up to me
My love will be your food
Picking just one line from this song ignores a hundred other ways it’s Prince’s sexiest track (and not in the on-the-nose way that “Pretty Woman” used it). But claiming that his love will nourish you the same way as a meal is an irresistible offer. Or it’s a euphemism involving oral sex, in which case you’d laugh at his terrible pun and see where the night goes. Earnest or funny, both are panty-dropping sexy.
Now move your big ass 'round this way
So I can work on that zipper, baby
Tonight you're a star
And I'm the big dipper
— “Gett Off”
Full-figured ladies women were loved well before "Baby Got Back.” As it should be.
It doesn't matter where we are
Doesn't matter who's around
Doesn't matter, I just want to lay you down
— “Dirty Mind”
Ladies, if only time a man finds you sexy is in a short skirt or less, then you’ve been missing out on the absolutely electric knowledge that you’re wanted every second of every day.
Never have I ever made love before
Never have I wanted to till now
— “I’m Yours”
Because every girl fantasizes about taming the bad boy.
Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down?
Oh, no let’s go!
— “Let’s Go Crazy”
Yes, this song contains more obvious references to chasing the purple banana (not to mention the bridge of sex noises), but it’s Prince’s relentless lust for life and enjoying it as long as you can that got pulses racing — and that energy has to go somewhere, right?
I don't care where we go
I don't care what we do
I don't care pretty baby
Just take me with you
— “Take Me With U”
That last line would usually be “come with me,” but that won’t work on the kind of woman who inspired Prince. She's independent, busy and has her own things going on, and he wants to be part of her world however she’ll allow him to be.
Cuz I felt a little ill when I saw all the pictures
Of the jockeys that were there before me
Believe it or not, I started to worry
I wondered if I had enough class
— “Little Red Corvette”
No slut-shaming here. Prince knows this gets around in her little red Corvette (metaphorically speaking), and he doesn't judge her — he's just worried he's not good enough to get in her lane.