Though he hasn’t announced a new album, The Purple One’s been releasing new music periodically via his Twitter account. In the latest, titled “Da Bourgeoisie“, Prince tells off a spurned ex over a typically funky beat — but the twist is that his lady lover has left him for another lady.
The lyrics are definitely…interesting:
Yesterday I saw you kickin’ it with another girl
You was all wrapped up around her waist
Last time I checked, you said you left the dirty world
Well it appears that wasn’t the case
Hey, I see you undercover like the CIA
Snatching little wigs from another bouquet – that’s French
I guess a man’s only good for a rainy day
Maybe your just another bearded lady at the cabaret
I wish I never kissed your (spits in disgust) ugh
Doesn’t replace the memory
Though he noted that the song title wasn’t anything “prejudicial” on Twitter, perhaps the title isn’t of concern. “Dirty world” is definitely a problematic way to see bisexuality, though Prince’s stance on it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention.
Long gone is the racially ambiguous, ambisexual, quasi-alien being of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. In his place is a devout Jehovah’s Witness who has gone even further with some publicly homophobic beliefs, as in a 2008 profile in the New Yorker. When questioned about gay marriage, he tapped a nearby Bible and said only that “God came to Earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. I just live according to this.”
Though the narrative of the song is a bitter tell-off by a jilted lover, it still smacks of a rigid, traditional approach to sexuality that the Horndog Formerly Known as Prince would’ve turned up his nose and perhaps an ass cheek to. Can we have him back, please?