1999 – Prince

December 22, 2021

Today’s song of the day is “1999” by Prince.

Fun Facts

  • “1999” mocks the concept of Armageddon. It was released in a decade that saw the world come close to nuclear war.
  • The song isn’t about the year, but rather the time frame serves as a metaphor for three different ideas: One represents the aforesaid looming nuclear Armageddon. Secondly, the religious interpretation that it foreshadows the end of the world. Finally, Prince recognizes that this year will undoubtedly be one of the most significant celebration dates in history, as it will usher in a new millennium.
  • “1999” is ultimately a celebration of life, with Prince and his co-stars advising the listener to appreciate the present rather than anticipate an entropic tomorrow.
  • Warner Bros. released “1999” on September 24, 1982.
  • The main vocals on this song are shared by Prince and two members of his band, The Revolution, Dez Dickerson and Lisa Coleman.
  • It was directed by Bruce Gowers, and it shows members of the band The Revolution in the music video for the song.
  • “1999” charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in three different decades, twice in the 1980s.
  • For a period, Prince took a break from performing this song, with the intention of never playing it again after the year 1999. He did, however, perform a snippet of the song in 2007 at the Super Bowl XLI halftime show.
  • In July 1983, the song was re-released, and this time reached number 12 on the Hot 100.
  • “1999” influenced the 1985 song “Sussudio,” the sound of Phil Collins’ hit song.

Lyrics:

(LyricFind)

​​Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you

I only want you to have some fun

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this

Forgive me if it goes astray

But when I woke up this mornin’

Could’ve sworn it was judgment day

The sky was all purple, there were people runnin’ everywhere

Tryin’ to run from the destruction

You know I didn’t even care

Say say two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time

So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, so sue me if I go too fast

But life is just a party and parties weren’t meant to last

War is all around us, my mind says prepare to fight

So if I gotta die I’m gonna listen to my body tonight

Say say two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time

So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine

Yeah, yeah, hey

If you didn’t come to party, don’t bother knockin’ on my door, oww

I got a lion in my pocket and baby he’s ready to roar

Yeah hey

Everybody’s got a bomb, we could all die any day

But before I let that happen, I’ll dance my life away

They say two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time

(We’re runnin’ out of time)

So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine

Say it one more time

Two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time

(No, no)

So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine

Alright, nineteen ninety-nine

You say it, nineteen ninety-nine

Mmm nineteen ninety-nine

(Oww, nineteen ninety-nine)

Don’t stop it, don’t stop it, say it one more time

Two thousand zero zero party over, oops out of time

(Yeah, yeah)

So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine (We gonna, we gonna, whoa)

Yeah, nineteen ninety-nine

Don’t you wanna go? (Nineteen ninety-nine)

Don’t you wanna go? (Nineteen ninety-nine)

We could all die any day (Nineteen ninety-nine)

I don’t wanna die, I’d rather dance my life away (Nineteen ninety-nine)

Listen to what I’m tryin’ to say

Everybody, everybody say party

Come on now, you say it party

That’s right, everybody say party

Can’t run from revelation, no

(Party)

Sing it for your nation, y’all

(Party)

(Ow!)

Dreamin’ when you’re singin’, baby

(Party)

Say the telephone a ringin’, mama, now

(Party)

Come on, come on, you say

(Party)

Everybody, two times

(Party)

(Ow!)

Work it down to the ground, I’m sayin’

(Party)

Oh baby, say it again

(Ooh hoo hoo)

(Party)

Oh, shake your body, baby!

(Party)

That’s right, come on, sing the song

(Party)

Ah aah ha

(Party)

That’s right

(Party)

Got a lion in my pocket mama, say

(Party)

Ah, and he’s ready to roar

(Party)

Mommy

Why does everybody have a bomb?

Mommy

Why does everybody have a bomb?

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