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Thread started 05/14/18 1:25pm

luvsexy4all

the meaning behind using "eye" for "I"

is it what was sung in the Holy River? or was there another explanation ?

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Reply #1 posted 05/14/18 1:45pm

OnlyNDaUsa

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huh wut?

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Reply #2 posted 05/14/18 1:47pm

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OnlyNDaUsa said:

huh wut?

lol

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Reply #3 posted 05/14/18 1:56pm

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luvsexy4all said:

is it what was sung in the Holy River? or was there another explanation ?

DOnt you read your Bible...?

its simple...

AN "EYE" for an " I "

Prince was just using every opportuintiy to PREACH.... razz

“LOVE IS THE MASTERPLAN”
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Reply #4 posted 05/14/18 2:24pm

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Reply #5 posted 05/14/18 2:46pm

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Lovejunky said:

luvsexy4all said:

is it what was sung in the Holy River? or was there another explanation ?

DOnt you read your Bible...?

its simple...

AN "EYE" for an " I "

Prince was just using every opportuintiy to PREACH.... razz

you mean to Peach!

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Reply #6 posted 05/14/18 3:18pm

tomds

It's just phonetic that's all.
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Reply #7 posted 05/14/18 3:20pm

lollipop2

Lovejunky said:

luvsexy4all said:

is it what was sung in the Holy River? or was there another explanation ?

DOnt you read your Bible...?

its simple...

AN "EYE" for an " I "

Prince was just using every opportuintiy to PREACH.... razz

hE MOST CERTAINLY WAS...while reading my daily Bible reading today, I came across another one , of course he added his own words...Jesus tells us to LOVE ONE ANOTHER", I have read it several but it never hit me until today...smh...There are refeence to the Bible in several of his songs....

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Reply #8 posted 05/14/18 3:22pm

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lollipop2 said:

Lovejunky said:

DOnt you read your Bible...?

its simple...

AN "EYE" for an " I "

Prince was just using every opportuintiy to PREACH.... razz

hE MOST CERTAINLY WAS...while reading my daily Bible reading today, I came across another one , of course he added his own words...Jesus tells us to LOVE ONE ANOTHER", I have read it several but it never hit me until today...smh...There are refeence to the Bible in several of his songs....

INDEED

John 13:34-35

34 “A new command I give you

Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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Reply #9 posted 05/14/18 5:12pm

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I always interpreted his use of "eye" instead of "I", as an indication of internal truths, vs. ego. "I" implies the ego, the little self. It is that which we use to divide and differentiate ourself from everything else. "Eye" indicates a more internal view, an internal frame of mind...or simply a higher state of focus. (Such as the 3rd Eye).

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Reply #10 posted 05/14/18 5:42pm

Lovejunky

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benni said:

I always interpreted his use of "eye" instead of "I", as an indication of internal truths, vs. ego. "I" implies the ego, the little self. It is that which we use to divide and differentiate ourself from everything else. "Eye" indicates a more internal view, an internal frame of mind...or simply a higher state of focus. (Such as the 3rd Eye).

That,s Deep

I never looked at it like that..but yes

EYE Can C

wink

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Reply #11 posted 05/14/18 8:23pm

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geeez....eye cant

And everytime I scratch my nails down someone else's back I hope you feel it.. WELL CAN YA FEEL IT?!
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Reply #12 posted 05/14/18 9:20pm

206Michelle

I always figured that eye for I was just another one of Prince’s Princely spelling idiosyncrasies, like 4/for, u/you, or 2/to.
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Reply #13 posted 05/14/18 9:32pm

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206Michelle said:

I always figured that eye for I was just another one of Prince’s Princely spelling idiosyncrasies, like 4/for, u/you, or 2/to.

It's exactly this and nothing else.
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Reply #14 posted 05/14/18 9:57pm

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206Michelle said:

I always figured that eye for I was just another one of Prince’s Princely spelling idiosyncrasies, like 4/for, u/you, or 2/to.


Yep. And before emoticons you couldn’t draw it when typing, so he wrote it in full. (although looking at the Lovesexy liner there are ways around it for him!)
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Reply #15 posted 05/14/18 11:57pm

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callimnate said:

206Michelle said:
I always figured that eye for I was just another one of Prince’s Princely spelling idiosyncrasies, like 4/for, u/you, or 2/to.
It's exactly this and nothing else.

Jeepers...everyone has lost their sense of Humour around here

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Reply #16 posted 05/15/18 2:07am

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yeah.... Eye no... cool

(Lovesexy was the 1st time wasn't it? With the Eye logo?)

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Reply #17 posted 05/15/18 6:27am

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Third Eye. Zen shit. Holla.

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Reply #18 posted 05/15/18 11:36am

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eye don't know why prince did it. Maybe all of the above. eye n eye vibration yeah! Positive!

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My cat has blue eyes. I named her Iris because her irises are blue and the flower is blue and it's our state flower. Nobody ever gets it.


[Edited 5/15/18 11:44am]

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Reply #19 posted 05/15/18 2:00pm

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luv4u said:

eye

That would be an eye AND an eyebrow. It must have slowed down Prince's writing quite a bit if he drew all that everytime! smile

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Reply #20 posted 05/15/18 2:12pm

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benni said:

I always interpreted his use of "eye" instead of "I", as an indication of internal truths, vs. ego. "I" implies the ego, the little self. It is that which we use to divide and differentiate ourself from everything else. "Eye" indicates a more internal view, an internal frame of mind...or simply a higher state of focus. (Such as the 3rd Eye).

Thank you benni. Your explnation makes the most sense to me. But another thing that Prince did that always bugged me was UR for your, along with writing R U for are you. So if Prince wrote a sentence such as R U coming to the party at Paisley Park with UR girlfriend? and he wasn't careful with the spacing between the Rs and Us, it could really be a mess. I love William Shakespeare and the Holy Bible, and while I fully understand that language has always evolved I kind of see using these one letter words and pictures for words as a de-volving. The punk era band Devo predicted all of this back in 1978, and I'm seeing now that they were quite correct. The idea of humans becoming less understandable to each other is Biblical too.

[Edited 5/15/18 14:14pm]

[Edited 5/15/18 14:16pm]

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Reply #21 posted 05/15/18 2:24pm

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7thday said:

benni said:

I always interpreted his use of "eye" instead of "I", as an indication of internal truths, vs. ego. "I" implies the ego, the little self. It is that which we use to divide and differentiate ourself from everything else. "Eye" indicates a more internal view, an internal frame of mind...or simply a higher state of focus. (Such as the 3rd Eye).

Thank you benni. Your explnation makes the most sense to me. But another thing that Prince did that always bugged me was UR for your, along with writing R U for are you. So if Prince wrote a sentence such as R U coming to the party at Paisley Park with UR girlfriend? and he wasn't careful with the spacing between the Rs and Us, it could really be a mess. I love William Shakespeare and the Holy Bible, and while I fully understand that language has always evolved I kind of see using these one letter words and pictures for words as a de-volving. The punk era band Devo predicted all of this back in 1978, and I'm seeing now that they were quite correct. The idea of humans becoming less understandable to each other is Biblical too.

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[Edited 5/15/18 14:16pm]


Prince was writing in text before text ever came into being. He was always ahead of his time. I often wondered how he felt when it became mainstream. To me, when he did that, it was just his way of playing with words. Prince loved the human language and wanted to understand the full meaning of words. I think this is why he had so many dictionaries lying around PP. We have an interesting way of pronouncing things in the midwest, so "you're" sounds like "ur" sounds like "your". In my neck of the woods, where I grew up, they would use the word "youns" instead of "you all/everyone". My sister, bless her heart, still uses "youns". Prince just really liked playing with words, spellings, meanings.

I do agree that language is de-evolving. Kids today don't understand proper language before they start text speaking, and it confuses language for them, I think. Whereas, someone like Prince, had a strong understanding of language, and he used text speech as a gimmick knowing full well how to utilize language accurately and fully. Kids today, often can't write in complete sentences. I can appreciate Prince's use of text speech, from the perspective of understanding he knew language, but kids should really learn the English language before they learn text speech.

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Reply #22 posted 05/15/18 2:33pm

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Little known fact: Prince also wanted to a symbol for "you" but it too long to draw this:

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Reply #23 posted 05/15/18 2:39pm

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RodeoSchro said:

Little known fact: Prince also wanted to a symbol for "you" but it too long to draw this:


eek whofarted omg falloff

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Reply #24 posted 05/15/18 3:37pm

luvsexy4all

floodgates of dipshitz....

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Reply #25 posted 05/15/18 4:50pm

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Lovejunky said:

callimnate said:

206Michelle said: It's exactly this and nothing else.

Jeepers...everyone has lost their sense of Humour around here

I'm waiting patiently for a really funny post just so i can frown at it.

Yeah, we'll, we'll try to imagine what silence looks like.
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Reply #26 posted 05/15/18 8:19pm

206Michelle

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eye don't know why prince did it. Maybe all of the above. eye n eye vibration yeah! Positive!

giphy.gif

My cat has blue eyes. I named her Iris because her irises are blue and the flower is blue and it's our state flower. Nobody ever gets it.


[Edited 5/15/18 11:44am]


Maybe our dear Prince used eye just 2 mess with people. I wouldn’t put it past him to go that. The wink biggrin
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Reply #27 posted 05/15/18 10:29pm

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There was a presentation on this a year ago at a student conference in Czechia (unfortunately, it's in Czech only): https://www.academia.edu/...ce_Nelsona

"Eye" and "I" are homophones, that is, words that sound the same, but mean something different. The author quotes Brian Morton who says that Prince was influenced by graffiti, and Raúl Rossell that says that Prince popularised shortcode that way. The author also speculates Prince wanted to decolonise English and tried to find resemblances among the words that sounded the same, but had different meanings.

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Reply #28 posted 05/16/18 5:01am

Identity

rdhull said:

geeez....eye cant.



Same here.

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Reply #29 posted 05/16/18 5:14am

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callimnate said:

206Michelle said:
I always figured that eye for I was just another one of Prince’s Princely spelling idiosyncrasies, like 4/for, u/you, or 2/to.
It's exactly this and nothing else.


yeahthat


And also this....



RodeoSchro said:

Little known fact: Prince also wanted to a symbol for "you" but it too long to draw this:


Not everything Prince did was imbued with great mystical significance.


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