By Alien Means

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By Alien Means

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

By Alien Means is an unreleased track recorded at some point in 1988 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (the song was filed for copyright registration on 12 October 1988). Prince submitted the track to Madonna for inclusion on her fourth album Like A Prayer (which featured Prince on other tracks), but she turned it down, and it is unlikely that she ever recorded vocals for the track.

The track is ambitious, alternating between a slow, wistful melody and a monotonous vamp. The lyrics ask young people not to commit suicide, saying "don’t go out by alien means". The song remains unreleased.

In 1991 Prince re-used its music to update the also unreleased song Crystal City Cry intended for Ingrid Chavez.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)
  • Other recording personnel (if any) not known.

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
By Alien Means Studio Recorded 1988

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Version Additional Info
Crystal City Cry Studio Revised 1991 version containing music from By Alien Means
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This song uses the LinnDrum, the successor of the Linn LM-1 usually utilized by Prince.

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