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I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man

"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" was the fourth and final single from Prince's 1987 double album, Sign “☮” the Times. The track was originally cut in Prince's home studio in 1982. It was brought out of the vault and updated for the unreleased, final album with The Revolution, "Dream Factory." At this time, the song had a few seconds of the bluesy coda just before the main guitar solo. It was edited out before Sign “☮” the Times.

The song is an upbeat pop number featuring a combination of live drumming with two drum machine patterns. Also featured are two guitar solos, one wild and energetic and one more bluesy and subdued in the full album cut. The song consists of two verses and two choruses, followed by a lengthy instrumental coda. Although the lyrics are somewhat sad, painting the image of a woman desperately seeking a man to replace the one who left, while Prince refuses, saying that she wouldn't be satisfied with a one-night stand. Despite the tone, the infectious music and accompanying music video pushed this song to the top 10 in the U.S. The video was pulled from the Sign “☮” the Times film, and is a live take of the song, and included the horn section of Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss.

The live version of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" from the video and Sign “☮” the Times film includes a horn solo in the song's coda. The solo lifts a part of the "Camille" and Black Album track, "Rock Hard In a Funky Place."

B-side

The single was backed by the funky "Hot Thing," also from Sign “☮” the Times. The 12-inch single includes the full album version of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," as well as several remixes of "Hot Thing." One of these was included on the Ultimate compilation album in 2006. Interestingly, "Hot Thing" received enough airplay by DJs to chart on its own, reaching #63.

Cover versions

Track listing

7": Paisley Park / 7-28288 (US)

  1. "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" (Fade) - 3:39
  2. "Hot Thing" (Edit) - 3:40

12": Paisley Park / 0-20728 (UK)

  1. "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" - 6:31
  2. "Hot Thing" (Edit) - 3:40
  3. "Hot Thing" (Extended Remix) - 8:32
  4. "Hot Thing" (Dub Version) - 6:53

12": Warner Bros / W8288T (UK)

  1. "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" - 6:31
  2. "Hot Thing" (Edit) - 3:40
  3. "Hot Thing" (Extended Remix) - 8:32
  4. also released as a picture disc (W8288TP)

External links

  • "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" lyrics

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