Album: Happy Tears

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Happy Tears

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Album details

Intended Release Date: Late 1996 / early 1997
Label(s): NPG Records (assumed)
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)

See also

Crystal Ball
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Happy Tears is a multimedia project announced on 1 April 1996 during a press release focusing on Mayte's pregnancy.

The project was to be credited to "SymbolSmallerBlue.png and Mayte", which would have marked the first release credited to both artists, and was planned to include an album of songs on CD, and accompanying children's storybook and a read-along cassette of the book's stories. At the time of the press release, eight songs were included on the album, along with three children's stories in the accompanying book, all featuring multi-racial characters.

While SymbolSmallerBlue.png may have planned songs for a children's album in advance of Mayte's pregnancy, it is probable that the eight songs planned for the album were recorded in late February or March 1996, between SymbolSmallerBlue.png and Mayte's marriage and the announcement of her pregnancy.

The only song confirmed for the album was She Gave Her Angels (which was later released on Crystal Ball). It is also possible that the 1995 re-recording of Starfish And Coffee was planned for inclusion on the album, however; both tracks were lip-synched during SymbolSmallerBlue.png's appearance on The Muppets Tonight TV show, which was planned to coincide with the project's release.

The project was canceled when SymbolSmallerBlue.png and Mayte's son died from complications caused by Pfeiffer Syndrome a week after his birth on 16 October 1996.

Track listing

The specific sequence of tracks is unknown (see notes above for possible tracks)

All songs written by Prince/SymbolSmallerBlue.png except where noted (assumed).

  • SymbolSmallerBlue.png - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Michael B. - drums (unknown tracks, assumed)
  • Sonny T. - bass guitar (unknown tracks, assumed)
  • Mr. Hayes - keyboards (unknown tracks, assumed)
  • Tommy Barbarella - keyboards (unknown tracks, assumed)

  • See individual songs for production information.

Additional Information


  • The project is unrelated to Prince's contribution to the children's movie soundtrack Happy Feet, released in 2006, despite the similarity in name.

Unreleased project.png 1995
The Vault - Volumes I, II and III
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The Dawn
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