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Prince: Purple Rain Meaning

Purple Rain Lyrics

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain


Purple rain, purple rain, purple rain, purple rain, purple rain...

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    anonymous
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    Jan 3rd, 1:51am report


    Purple is the color of royalty. He took the name "Prince". He wanted the person to be be rained (reigned?) upon (surrounded by) a gentle precipitation of himself.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 25th, 2016 4:15am report


    He's confused as to rather he's a woman or a man, he is singing about a relationship with either.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 23rd, 2016 4:40am report


    He ran away from his religion and he knew it was purple rain for him, but he struggled to justify his actions by going another way, knowing that God was his purple rain. I believe he was of this world but not really in this world, his thoughts and plans were beyond anything anyone could know because they hadn't been there yet and he wanted them to know about this place he transformed his mind to. I understand his love, pure and simple, uncomplicated and being individual. Prince wanted nothing more than to know he was under God's purple reign



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    Diana831
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    Apr 22nd, 2016 4:57am report


    If you know Prince and have listened to lyrics in his other songs, you would know he is very sexual, and also spiritual. The color purple,in Christianity is signified as a color of royalty. In the song "Purple Rain", the purple rain is the "Grace of God, and/or Salvation". He is sorry that things had to end with this woman, but he only wanted to see her (laughing, bathing, underneath) the purple rain(Grace of God).

    "You say you want a leader
    But you can't seem to make up your mind
    I think you better close it
    And let me guide you to the purple rain" "Grace of God."



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    anonymous
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    Nov 5th, 2013 11:44pm report


    IMO, this represents religion and depression at the time.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 26th, 2011 10:03pm report


    I have this crush on a girl who I think is beautiful and interesting but she doesn't really know anything about me and I doubt that she will love me back if she did.

    Though, whats special to me about this song is that I know there's nothing I can do to get her love,so "I never wanted to be your[her] weekend lover"
    and instead "I only wanted to be some kind of friend" because that's pretty much the best I can do. I at least want to watch her enjoy herself in something magical like "purple rain."

    very relaxing and beautiful song.
    meaning is a bit simple, its break friendship/relationship song "It's such a shame our friendship had to end" expect that it's in an innocent way "I never meant to cause you any pain."



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    anonymous
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    Jul 8th, 2011 7:12pm report


    I think this song was for people he cares about. I think the "purple rain" represents happiness, he wants the people he cares about to just be happy, he never ment to hurt them or cause them any sorrow he only wants them to be happy.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 15th, 2011 4:03am report


    this song is the greatest love song of all time...i dont know why anybody didnt post something about this song... I am dazed and confused ;)




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