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I Would Die 4 U (Single):Prince

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"I Would Die 4 U" is a song by Prince and The Revolution, and the fourth single in the U.S. from their 1984 album, Purple Rain. The up-tempo dance song was a top 10 hit (the last from the album) in the U.S., reaching number 8 on the Hot 100.


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Alternate versions[edit]Edit

The extended version of "I Would Die 4 U" is actually a studio jam on the song with The Revolution and musicians fromSheila E.'s band, Eddie M (on sax) and Miko Weaver (guitar), along with Sheila E. herself; most of this version was often performed live, preceding "Baby I'm a Star". The jam features some overdubbing and fades at the end; a longer version, nearly 31 minutes long, was never released officially, but has been bootlegged. The extended mix was also used as the B-side of the 1989 "Erotic City" single (the artwork of which features the same image of Prince that was used for this single's cover).

The B-side, "Another Lonely Christmas", is a sad account of a man mourning his dear friend Kat's death on Christmas Day from pneumonia. The UK 12" single release also included the 1999 track "Free".

Track listing[edit]Edit

7": Paisley Park / 7-29121 (US)[edit]Edit

  1. "I Would Die 4 U" (single version) – 2:57
  2. "Another Lonely Christmas" – 4:51

12": Paisley Park / 9 20291-0 (US)[edit]Edit

  1. "I Would Die 4 U" (extended version) – 10:15
  2. "Another Lonely Christmas" (extended version) – 6:47

12": Warner Bros. / W9121T (UK)[edit]Edit

  1. "I Would Die 4 U" (single version) – 2:57
  2. "Another Lonely Christmas" – 4:51
  3. "Free" – 5:00


Chart (1984) Peak


UK Singles Chart 58
Netherlands Singles Chart 7
Canadian Singles Chart 12
US BillboardHot 100 8
US BillboardHot R&B Singles 11
US BillboardHot Dance Club Songs 50

Cover versions[edit]Edit

  • Indie band Cush included a cover of the song on their 2002 EP Spiritual 1.[1]
  • The song was covered by French music artist Space Cowboy on his 2003 album Across The Sky.[2]
  • A cover by Mariachi El Bronx was included on the 2009 tribute compilation Purplish Rain. A free download of the song was offered by Spin magazine.[3]
  • The synthpop band Chvrches covered the song during their live performances since 2012, titled as 'I Would Die 4 V', as a reference to the V in their band name.[4]
  • Neo-soul singer Raheem DeVaughn released a cover on his 2010 mixtape "Mr. February aka March Madness."[5]
  • British indie rock band White Lies released a cover of the song on their 2013 extended play Small TV.

Live cover performances[edit]Edit

  • Of Montreal covered this song throughout their fall tour in 2007, along with other Prince songs.
  • Bloc Party covered part of the song as an intro to "Flux" throughout their 2008 summer tour.
  • Chvrches have covered this song live in 2012, and was one of the first three songs readily available on the internet by them.

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