Today, as the world reels from the loss of the High Priest of Pop, there will be plenty of Prince blaring from passing cars and open apartment windows.
Devastating as it is to lose an artist who defined a genre, his music's messages -- which ranged from brazenly sexual, to deeply romantic, to wildly celebratory and occasionally morbid -- were a reflection of a life lived free of fear, inhibition or lasting shame.
If you've ever felt certain you share some strong, personal connection with the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, you're not crazy. Prince loved every last one of us and left us with a prolific catalog of songs to keep us from ever going numb.
I wanna be loved, sugar (2 the 9's) I wanna be loved for all time (for all time) Baby, take a real good look at my face Cuz honey, it just might be the last time
Song: "Love 2 The 9's" Album: Love Symbol (1992)
Listen They say the first time ain't the greatest But I tell ya If I had the chance to do it all again I wouldn't change a stroke
Song: "Raspberry Beret" Album: Around the World in a Day (1985)
I don't care where we go I don't care what we do I don't care pretty baby Just take me with you
Song: "Take Me With U" Album: Purple Rain (1984)
Love is the only way, 'til my dying day No, 'til my dying day, I'll be OK
Song: "Eye No" Album: Lovesexy (1988)
Forever, forever, baby I want you forever I wanna keep you for the rest of my life (you can make right) All that is wrong in my world (you are my savior) You can make right (you are my light)
Song: "Forever in My Life" Album: Sign 'O' the Times (1987)
I'm not a human I am a dove I'm your conscious I am love All I really need is to know that You believe
Song: "I Would Die 4 U" Album: Purple Rain (1984)
But I'm here to tell you There's something else The afterworld A world of never ending happiness You can always see the sun, day or night
Song: "Let's Go Crazy" Album: Purple Rain (1984)
I wanna be your brother I wanna be your mother and your sister, too There ain't no other That can do the things that I'll do to you
Song: "I Wanna Be Your Lover" Album: Prince (1979)
If anybody asks you (if anybody asks you) You belong to Prince (you belong to Prince)
Song: "Private Joy" Album: Controversy (1981)
You are the only thing that keeps me goin' You are the only thing, keeps my love alive You are the only thing that I'll ever need You don't have to worry, you see, my love is forever
Song: "My Love Is Forever" Album: For you (1978)