American In Paris

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American In Paris

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Song details
Performer: Prince
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

American In Paris is an unreleased track recorded in late 1989 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA. The track contains (non-lyrical) background vocals by engineers Michael Koppelman and Tom Garneau, marking their first musical performance on a Prince song. The song tells a story of a girl from New York who travels to Paris and meets a man (portrayed by Prince). They have a brief romance, and she then wants it to turn into marriage. He, however, already has a serious relationship, and ends the relationship by taking her to the top of the Eiffel Tower and running away while she has her eyes closed. The track is not known to have been intended for any particular project, and remains unreleased.

The title is likely inspired by the 1951 musical An American In Paris starring Gene Kelly, itself inspired by the 1928 extended symphonic tone poem by the American composer George Gershwin also titled An American In Paris; Prince's song, however, misses the article of the title, instead titled only American In Paris.

In a 2008 interview French actress Mathilda May said Prince send her the song and she put her vocal on it in Paris and returned it. It's not clear in which year this was.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late 1989 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel

Versions
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
American In Paris Studio Recorded late 1989


 
Additional Information

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References
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