For You is the first track on Prince’s first album For You. Appropriately, the lyrics express Prince’s desire to share his work with others: "All of this and more is for you / With love, sincerity and deepest care / My life with you I share".
While specific recording dates for the original 'demo' recordings are not known, the track was initially recorded in 1976 as a home recording on a basic cassette recorder (during the same set of recordings as Wouldn’t You Love To Love Me?, Nightingale, I Spend My Time Loving You, Rock Me, Lover and Don’t You Wanna Ride?), prior to Prince signing a contract or beginning work on the album.
Specific recording dates for the album version of the song are not known, but the album was recorded at the Record Plant in Sausalito, California, from 1 October 1977 to 22 December 1977, before overdubs and mixing took place, in early January 1978 at Sound Labs in Los Angeles, California.