Emancipation

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Emancipation

Emancipation.jpg
from the album Emancipation
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 19 November 1996 - Emancipation album
Album(s): Emancipation
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • 1996 (coda only, following One Of Us), 1997 (lip synch or live singing over pre-recorded performance only)

Emancipation is the twelfth and final track on the third disc of Prince's 19th album Emancipation, the third album credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png.

Initial tracking dates are unknown, but it is likely that the track was recorded in 1995 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA. An earlier mix of the track was included as the ninth and final track on a July 1995, configuration of Emancipation, and as the first track on another 1995 configuration. Prior to the 9 September 1995 (a.m.) show at Paisley Park Studios, pink sheets of paper were handed out to the audience with the title "Emancipation", but the poem written was entirely different than the song's lyrics (see trivia below); no recording is known to have been made of this poem.

The song's lyric reuses one of his most well-known lyrics during the chorus - "see you in the purple rain" (from Purple Rain).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1995 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Emancipation 4:12 Emancipation Studio
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
One Of Us ?:?? Live performance TV broadcast Live 12 November 1996, Emancipation Freedom Concert, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA; contains Emancipation coda
Emancipation ?:?? Delayed performance TV broadcast Lip-synch 8 February 1997, 28th NAACP Image Awards, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA, USA; lip synch to pre-recorded performance
Emancipation ?:?? Delayed performance TV broadcast Live 24 February 1997, BRIT Awards, Earls Court, London, England; contains 1999 and We March interpolations; live singing over pre-recorded performance
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Emancipation Studio Early mix included on early configurations of Emancipation
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

Is it reality or just a dream?
2 your spirit Eye.png say Eye.png ♥ U in spite of my slavery
We're both 2 blame 4 this lesson in life
cuz this is the path we choose
Eye.png'm sure Eye.png knew U long ago
Look into your soul – it knows
And Eye.png would never claim more righteous
Dare Napoleon and Hitler see
It depends on who U ask my friend
Eye.png love U, do U love me?
How will history sing, my brother
What song will our children teach?
The Emancipation Proclamation is well within our reach
Tear down the walls that make us bicker
4 many years Eye.png fought your war
One stroke of your pen could conquer
Every sin our actions bore
Eye.png implore the goodness that's in all of us
An example we now must set
4 when this life is over
What U be is what U get
The Dawn is coming!
The Dawn is coming!
Acknowledge and save us all
Free my people 2 bring the message
Heed the call! Heed the call!
And this song from every mountain top
Every child will surely teach
The Emancipation Proclamation
Is well within our reach
Eye.png love U, Eye.png love U – Do U love me?

References
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