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FlyOnTheWall

Article :: Prince's "Colonized Mind" Boldly Confronts a World of Disappointment

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Prince took plenty of opportunities to ding greedy label execs over the years. As the inventive "Colonized Mind" from 2009's Lotusflow3r showed, however, his concerns about being co-opted went well beyond a hated contract with Warner Bros.

Ever the iconoclast, Prince argued here that evolution might have anti-environmentalism as an unintended consequence and made a sharp point about the isolating qualities of racism, while simultaneously taking down America's binary modern political system. And he was just getting started.

The thematic center point for an album dotted with thoughts of altruism, social justice and independence from conditioned belief systems, "Colonized Mind" arrived during a patented creative outburst, and it refused to give up even an inch of philosophical ground. Read More...

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Reply #1 posted 12/03/17 11:15am

pinkcashmere23

FlyOnTheWall said:

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Prince took plenty of opportunities to ding greedy label execs over the years. As the inventive "Colonized Mind" from 2009's Lotusflow3r showed, however, his concerns about being co-opted went well beyond a hated contract with Warner Bros.

Ever the iconoclast, Prince argued here that evolution might have anti-environmentalism as an unintended consequence and made a sharp point about the isolating qualities of racism, while simultaneously taking down America's binary modern political system. And he was just getting started.

The thematic center point for an album dotted with thoughts of altruism, social justice and independence from conditioned belief systems, "Colonized Mind" arrived during a patented creative outburst, and it refused to give up even an inch of philosophical ground. Read More...

[Edited 12/3/17 10:53am]

Interesting article.Thanks for sharing!

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Reply #2 posted 12/03/17 6:15pm

FlyOnTheWall

pinkcashmere23 said:

FlyOnTheWall said:

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Prince took plenty of opportunities to ding greedy label execs over the years. As the inventive "Colonized Mind" from 2009's Lotusflow3r showed, however, his concerns about being co-opted went well beyond a hated contract with Warner Bros.

Ever the iconoclast, Prince argued here that evolution might have anti-environmentalism as an unintended consequence and made a sharp point about the isolating qualities of racism, while simultaneously taking down America's binary modern political system. And he was just getting started.

The thematic center point for an album dotted with thoughts of altruism, social justice and independence from conditioned belief systems, "Colonized Mind" arrived during a patented creative outburst, and it refused to give up even an inch of philosophical ground. Read More...

[Edited 12/3/17 10:53am]

Interesting article.Thanks for sharing!

[Edited 12/3/17 11:16am]

[Edited 12/3/17 11:24am]

You're welcome, pink!! heart

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Reply #3 posted 12/03/17 6:39pm

purplerabbitho
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that nuanced interpretation of the lyrics actually makes them a little easier for me to swallow. I might actually be able to enjoy the song more now... musically, it was always good.

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Reply #4 posted 12/04/17 11:42am

steakfinger

A noble attempt at polishing a turd.

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Reply #5 posted 12/04/17 12:06pm

paisleypark4

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Man I get chills listening to this song. It's so climatic and meaningful on one of his most underrated albums Lotusflow3r.


Reviews from 2008:

A glimmer of hope that Prince hasn't completely lost his songwriting and production chops.

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I TOTALLY LOVE IT..... I was ENTRANCED by it....This song is SO GREAT and gets better with each listen.


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Much like "The Word," I will love the song while ignoring the lyrics.


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I'm on the third listen to "Colonized Mind" Now. The song is based on that intricate weave between the mind and the spirit, cause and effect. God's Will and the Children's response.

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Love the title, "Colonized Mind" It grabs one's attention right away. When he does the guitar solo in it, you get that blues/rock feel and feel the lyrics too, the kind that touches the soul. I got a tiny bit of a "gospel" feel out of it too, but that's just me, what can I say?. icon_smile.gif I like when I could feel the song with the lyrics where it touches your soul, awakes the mind.

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My opinion on the below verses of "Colonize Mind", I have to say, in my opinion, reflects the absentee rate of fathers in the home or irresponsible fathers not living up to their responsibilities as fathers to their children; leaving a multitude of young males and females without proper male, role models in their lives. Often many, youth, not all, have fallen prey to the wrong elements of society, looking for that "whole family" image or father image, especially if the single parent that is raising them, is not strong enough to play both parental roles and teach them respect and mannerisms in the home which they could display outside of the home as well.

It's especially sad when females look for a father image in the men they date, only to find out later that "fatherly love," is a different kind of love, and you're not going to find "fatherly love" in a relationship with a man you date or marry. Sadly, many females, often get the two confused. Also, the visible lack of respect many of our youth have for adults and authoritative figures in our society today is astounding.

The 2nd verse basically speaks for itself; lack of maternal love or the experience of it, may lead to one not being able to display maternal love or affection.

Upload
A child with no father
Download
No respect for authority

Upload
A child with no mother
Download
A hard time showing love


[Edited 12/4/17 12:06pm]

Download all the shit hop that you can for your kids, neices, nephews, and their friends also. That will prevent them from going out and buying it and will prevent some shit hop sales. Every little bit helps - Andy
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Reply #6 posted 12/04/17 12:40pm

FlyOnTheWall

paisleypark4 said:

Man I get chills listening to this song. It's so climatic and meaningful on one of his most underrated albums Lotusflow3r.


Reviews from 2008:

A glimmer of hope that Prince hasn't completely lost his songwriting and production chops.

--------


I TOTALLY LOVE IT..... I was ENTRANCED by it....This song is SO GREAT and gets better with each listen.


----

Much like "The Word," I will love the song while ignoring the lyrics.


---

I'm on the third listen to "Colonized Mind" Now. The song is based on that intricate weave between the mind and the spirit, cause and effect. God's Will and the Children's response.

----


Love the title, "Colonized Mind" It grabs one's attention right away. When he does the guitar solo in it, you get that blues/rock feel and feel the lyrics too, the kind that touches the soul. I got a tiny bit of a "gospel" feel out of it too, but that's just me, what can I say?. icon_smile.gif I like when I could feel the song with the lyrics where it touches your soul, awakes the mind.

---

My opinion on the below verses of "Colonize Mind", I have to say, in my opinion, reflects the absentee rate of fathers in the home or irresponsible fathers not living up to their responsibilities as fathers to their children; leaving a multitude of young males and females without proper male, role models in their lives. Often many, youth, not all, have fallen prey to the wrong elements of society, looking for that "whole family" image or father image, especially if the single parent that is raising them, is not strong enough to play both parental roles and teach them respect and mannerisms in the home which they could display outside of the home as well.

It's especially sad when females look for a father image in the men they date, only to find out later that "fatherly love," is a different kind of love, and you're not going to find "fatherly love" in a relationship with a man you date or marry. Sadly, many females, often get the two confused. Also, the visible lack of respect many of our youth have for adults and authoritative figures in our society today is astounding.

The 2nd verse basically speaks for itself; lack of maternal love or the experience of it, may lead to one not being able to display maternal love or affection.

Upload
A child with no father
Download
No respect for authority

Upload
A child with no mother
Download
A hard time showing love


[Edited 12/4/17 12:06pm]

All of THIS!!! I absolutely love Prince, the artivist. His message is powerful, but I think where you stand on this song, depends on where you sit in life. That is to say, if you were not born or did not live under the foot of a colonial, hegemonic power, then it's probably hard to relate to this, a protest song. Long story short, it is about social justice...and I am HERE for it. heart

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Reply #7 posted 12/04/17 4:19pm

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FlyOnTheWall said:

All of THIS!!! I absolutely love Prince, the artivist. His message is powerful, but I think where you stand on this song, depends on where you sit in life. That is to say, if you were not born or did not live under the foot of a colonial, hegemonic power, then it's probably hard to relate to this, a protest song. Long story short, it is about social justice...and I am HERE for it. heart

You better tell the truth!!!!

Download all the shit hop that you can for your kids, neices, nephews, and their friends also. That will prevent them from going out and buying it and will prevent some shit hop sales. Every little bit helps - Andy
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemus
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Reply #8 posted 12/05/17 12:22am

Lovejunky

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FlyOnTheWall said:

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Prince took plenty of opportunities to ding greedy label execs over the years. As the inventive "Colonized Mind" from 2009's Lotusflow3r showed, however, his concerns about being co-opted went well beyond a hated contract with Warner Bros.

Ever the iconoclast, Prince argued here that evolution might have anti-environmentalism as an unintended consequence and made a sharp point about the isolating qualities of racism, while simultaneously taking down America's binary modern political system. And he was just getting started.

The thematic center point for an album dotted with thoughts of altruism, social justice and independence from conditioned belief systems, "Colonized Mind" arrived during a patented creative outburst, and it refused to give up even an inch of philosophical ground. Read More...

[Edited 12/3/17 10:53am]

THanks so much FLy...

“LOVE IS THE MASTERPLAN”
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Reply #9 posted 12/05/17 9:57am

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Really cool article nod

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Reply #10 posted 12/05/17 1:21pm

FlyOnTheWall

Lovejunky said:

FlyOnTheWall said:

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Prince took plenty of opportunities to ding greedy label execs over the years. As the inventive "Colonized Mind" from 2009's Lotusflow3r showed, however, his concerns about being co-opted went well beyond a hated contract with Warner Bros.

Ever the iconoclast, Prince argued here that evolution might have anti-environmentalism as an unintended consequence and made a sharp point about the isolating qualities of racism, while simultaneously taking down America's binary modern political system. And he was just getting started.

The thematic center point for an album dotted with thoughts of altruism, social justice and independence from conditioned belief systems, "Colonized Mind" arrived during a patented creative outburst, and it refused to give up even an inch of philosophical ground. Read More...

[Edited 12/3/17 10:53am]

THanks so much FLy...

You're welcome, Love!! heart

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Reply #11 posted 12/05/17 1:23pm

FlyOnTheWall

databank said:

Really cool article nod

I agree. I think this song is grossly underappreciated and misunderstood.

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Reply #12 posted 12/05/17 1:24pm

FlyOnTheWall

paisleypark4 said:

FlyOnTheWall said:

All of THIS!!! I absolutely love Prince, the artivist. His message is powerful, but I think where you stand on this song, depends on where you sit in life. That is to say, if you were not born or did not live under the foot of a colonial, hegemonic power, then it's probably hard to relate to this, a protest song. Long story short, it is about social justice...and I am HERE for it. heart

You better tell the truth!!!!

cool fro

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Reply #13 posted 12/05/17 9:10pm

206Michelle

Colonized Mind is a stellar track. The lyrics and guitar work are top-notch.
Live 4 Love ~ Love is God, God is love, Girls and boys love God above
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Reply #14 posted 12/06/17 6:11am

ludwig

206Michelle said:

Colonized Mind is a stellar track. The lyrics and guitar work are top-notch.

But he "forgot" to give credit where it's due.


[Edited 12/6/17 6:12am]

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Reply #15 posted 12/06/17 6:58am

FlyOnTheWall

ludwig said:

206Michelle said:

Colonized Mind is a stellar track. The lyrics and guitar work are top-notch.

But he "forgot" to give credit where it's due.


[Edited 12/6/17 6:12am]

It does have a similar melody. I'm no musician, so I can't begin to compare chords and other musical elements, but might this similarity be incidental?

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Reply #16 posted 12/06/17 6:58am

Latin

Thanks for posting this article on one of Prince's many political and social justice related songs.
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Reply #17 posted 12/06/17 10:50am

Latin

206Michelle said:

Colonized Mind is a stellar track. The lyrics and guitar work are top-notch.

yeahthat
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Reply #18 posted 12/06/17 7:41pm

FlyOnTheWall

Latin said:

Thanks for posting this article on one of Prince's many political and social justice related songs.

You're welcome, Latin. I love that he used his platform to advocate for positive change. headbang

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Reply #19 posted 12/07/17 2:49pm

mothyham

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"Upload: a joint venture record deal," Prince sings on "Colonized Mind." "It's just another way another man can still sleep, while he's sticking you with the bill."

Reality >>>

Upload: a joint venture record deal
It's just another way 4 the man 2 steal
While he's sticking you with the bill

Just sayin...

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Reply #20 posted 12/08/17 6:04pm

FlyOnTheWall

mothyham said:

Author wrote this:

"Upload: a joint venture record deal," Prince sings on "Colonized Mind." "It's just another way another man can still sleep, while he's sticking you with the bill."

Reality >>>

Upload: a joint venture record deal
It's just another way 4 the man 2 steal
While he's sticking you with the bill

Just sayin...

Paisley Park Records comes to mind.

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Reply #21 posted 12/09/17 1:35pm

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Thanks, this got me listening sincerely to this song again which I’ve wanted to ponder.
His guitar work is spectacular, and I love the melody in this song.
Once again his bottom line is that rather than living under dictatorship, separation or scientific thoughts (like evolution), his suggestion is to live under God.
Just a great song. He was so sincere.
~Paisley Park is in your heart~
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Reply #22 posted 12/09/17 3:14pm

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ludwig said:

206Michelle said:

Colonized Mind is a stellar track. The lyrics and guitar work are top-notch.

But he "forgot" to give credit where it's due.


[Edited 12/6/17 6:12am]



I was just going to post this if someone hadn't already. lol

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Reply #23 posted 12/09/17 3:42pm

Haystack

FlyOnTheWall said:



ludwig said:




206Michelle said:


Colonized Mind is a stellar track. The lyrics and guitar work are top-notch.

But he "forgot" to give credit where it's due.




[Edited 12/6/17 6:12am]



It does have a similar melody. I'm no musician, so I can't begin to compare chords and other musical elements, but might this similarity be incidental?



Musically, it's a blatant rip-off. No question about that and certainly no co-incidence.
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