In lyrics, Prince philosophized, theologized and just plain preached

First Published      Last Updated Apr 20 2017 11:45 am

Prince, who died a year ago this week, was a lifelong Christian, raised as a Seventh-day Adventist and later converting to Jehovah's Witnesses. Throughout his almost 40 years of music, he frequently philosophized, theologized and just plain preached in his songs. Here is a sample of Prince's more religious lyrics.

'I Would Die 4 U'

(From the album "Purple Rain," 1984)

This song was a hit as a love song between a man and a woman, but at points, Prince seems to be playing the role of Jesus:

I'm not a woman

I'm not a man

I am something that you'll never understand …

No need to worry

No need to cry

I'm your messiah and you're the reason why …

I'm not a human

I am a dove

I'm your conscience

I am love

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