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Prince: I Would Die 4 U Meaning

Song Released: 1983


I Would Die 4 U Lyrics

I'm not a woman, I'm not a man
I am something that you'll never understand
I'll never beat you, I'll never lie
And if you're evil, I'll forgive you by and by

You, I would die 4 u, yeah
Darling, if you want me too
You, I would die 4...

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    Just_Some_Dude
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    Nov 16th 2018 report

    Let's start by saying lyric interpretation is subjective, unless the artist expressly states the literal meaning before or after they write the song. Here is my subjective analysis:

    I'm not a woman
    I'm not a man
    I am something that you'll never understand
    (The omnipotent unknowable God)

    I'll never beat you
    I'll never lie
    And if you're evil I'll forgive you by and by
    (Reference to redemption through the grace of God)

    'Cause you, I would die for you, yeah
    Darling if you want me to
    You, I would die for you
    (reference to the sacrifice God made in order to defeat death and forgive your sins)

    I'm not your lover
    I'm not your friend
    I am something that you'll never comprehend
    (Again-God-see description above)

    No need to worry
    No need to cry
    I'm your messiah and you're the reason why
    (Prince uses the word messiah here for the express purpose to reference The Messiah)

    'Cause you, I would die for you, yeah
    Darling if you want me to
    You, I would die for you
    (Again-the sacrifice)

    You're just a sinner I am told
    Be your fire when you're cold
    Make you happy when you're sad
    Make you good when you are bad
    (A description of faith's ability to comfort, transform and empower)

    I'm not a human
    I am a dove
    I'm your conscious
    I am love
    All I really need is to know that
    You believe
    (Not a human. The Dove is deep Christian symbiology. Christ is Love. All that God (in the bible-not my personal opinion) asks is that you believe. Why? I think it is because there is power in the mind derived from belief, even when doubt and questions tempt otherwise.)

    Yeah, I would die for you, yeah
    Darling if you want me to
    You, I would die for you
    Yeah, say one more time
    You, I would die for you
    Darling if you want me to
    You, I would die for you
    Two, three, four you
    I would die for you
    I would die for you
    You, I would die for you
    You, I would die for you
    (No need to repeat myself here because Prince did. The clear idea is redemption of the human species through sacrifice and the grace of God.)

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 30th report

    I think it is about a man who is hopelessly in love with a woman and doesn’t want to let her go she likes him very much too and if things were different they would be perfect like soulmates but she can’t be with him maybe because she is already in a long term relationship and the situation can’t be got out of like the one that got away they can’t be lovers and can’t be just friends because they feel more than friends but can’t act on it

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 26th report

    double entendre, like so many of his songs. It could be as if Jesus wrote the song and is singing it. And also about a simp who is so hung up on a girl he’d die for her. Simp supreme!

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 5th 2021 report

    Song for me is about showing kindness and respect for one another and just living the way God intended us to live. Self worth. and Self forgiveness and forgiving others.

  5. anonymous
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    May 8th 2020 report

    Prince always wrote either with a spiritual....or a realistic way that sexual love is. he was real to how we as humans are.....our Spiritual needs or sexual desires are.....I would die for you our Spirtual....Nikki Sexual

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 11th 2020 report

    I guess this could be about prince referring to Christ but then the only thing that just doesn't sit right with me is when he says I'm not your friend. Jesus is our friend and so much more. And I'm not quite sure prince is referring to God, I could be wrong but it seems he is referring to himself towards another person. Idk. It could be looked at two different ways.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 4th 2020 report

    U is the 21st letter in the Alphbet. 4 represents April. He died 04/21. Just a coincidense? Maybe. However, that song was about Jesus...Prince was comparing himself to in regards to his loyalty and love.

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 29th 2019 report

    Well knowing Prince it could be both and probably is. Religious because of the line I'm your Messiah and your the reason why. That's definitely a religious reference. But then he used the word "Darling if you want me to. That sounds bizarre using the word "darling" to refer to Jesus or the Messiah. But in the movie "Purple Rain" Prince is pointing to a female when he is singing the song. So I think that song could work for both. Just like Little Red Corvette. He is describing a car but the lyrics could also be referring to a promiscuous female. It just depends upon your interpretation of his songs.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 3rd 2019 report

    Anonymous is right.
    Jesus has already died on the cross for our sins,so that we are forgiven of our sins.As long as we repent and ask Him/God to forgive us,only then we are forgiven.Jesusalready died for our sins.
    But then too Prince's song I will Die 4u,is complexed.

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 29th 2018 report

    I feel Prince was singing it about his fans. Rest in Paradise sweet Prince.

  11. anonymous
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    Apr 29th 2018 report

    I'm just thinking that Prince would have said that for the love of his fans. Rest in Paradise Prince.

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2016 report

    Jehovah's witnesses believe Jesus is their lord and savior and he died to redeem all mankind's sins. He is gods first creation and son. Get your facts straight. If you are not one, ask one when they knock on your door. If you don't want to do that, do your research and state facts.

  13. anonymous
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    Nov 3rd 2013 report

    LISTEN UP, YOU MORONS! It's not about religion. It's about a guy saying he would do anything for a girl. Get your facts right, people! God.

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 7th 2013 report

    Prince was a born again Christian when he wrote, "I would die 4u." He changed his religous beliefs to Jehovah's Witness in the mid 2000's. So the meaning of the song is, in fact, about Jesus and being born again.

  15. anonymous
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    Nov 19th 2012 report

    For all of you that "know" Prince, you would also know that he is a Jehovah's Witness and FYI, they don't believe in Jesus! Jesus does not have to die for us, nor would he even say he would die for you when the Bible clearly states that he already did. If you know anything about music or the industry then you would know that they pump us, our children and anyone who will listen full of satanic messages! Listen to Katy Perry's WIDE AWAKE song and you can reference where she is talking of satan falling from cloud 9. You can't deny talent though and Prince has plenty of it, not to mention he's absolutely beautiful but don't be fooled about what he is singing about and what the clear message is here. The only person/entity that is capable of being killed or dying is satan! Jesus ROSE from the dead, he CANNOT and WILL not ever die or have to "die " again!!

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  16. astorian
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    Apr 8th 2012 report

    Once you realize this song is about Jesus, everything else falls into place.

    He not only WOULD die for you, Christians believe he DID.


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