Remembering Darling Prince and his revolutionary song “Darling Nikki”

Darling Nikki” was originally released on his Grammy Award-winning 1984 album, Purple Rain. Though the song was not released as a single, it gained wide notoriety for its sexual lyrics and in particular a reference to masturbation. Partly because of the lyrical content of “Darling Nikki”, Tipper Gore founded the Parents Music Resource Center, which eventually led to the use of “Parental Advisory” stickers and imprints on album covers. A song which went beyond the romantic boy meets girl sweetness and forced the macho rock culture to take female sexuality seriously.

I knew a girl named Nikki
I guess you could say she was a sex fiend
I met her in a hotel lobby
Masturbating with a magazine
She said, “How’d you like to waste some time?”
And I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind

She took me to her castle
And I just couldn’t believe my eyes
She had so many devices
Everything that money could buy
She said, “Sign your name on the dotted line”
The lights went out and Nikki started to grind
Nikki

The castle started spinning
Or maybe it was my brain
I can’t tell you what she did to me
But me body will never be the same

Her lovin’ will kick your behind
Oh, she’ll show you no mercy
But she’ll sho’nuff, sho’nuff
Show you how to grind
Darling Nikki, oh

Woke up the next morning Nikki wasn’t there
I looked all over and all I found
Was a phone number on the stairs
It said, “Thank you for a funky time
Call me up whenever you want to grind”
Oh, Nikki, oh

Oh come back Nikki, come back
Your dirty little Prince wanna grind, grind, grind, grind
Grind, grind, grind, grind, grind!

Also a deadly dance video based on the song

 

 

 

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