When Eye Lay My Hands On U

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When BigEyePrpl.png Lay My Hands On U

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NPG Music Club download
- no official artwork created

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included on The Chocolate Invasion
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 18 February 2001 - NPG Music Club free download
Album(s): The Chocolate Invasion
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

When Eye Lay My Hands On U (later known as When Eye.png Lay My Hands On U) was released as a free mp3 download concurrently with NPGMC Commercial (free mp3 audio file) and NPGMC Intro (free .mov video file), as promotion for the concurrently-released NPG Music Club Edition # 1 (consisting of NPG Ahdio Show # 1, Mad, Funky Design, Splash, Peace (all mp3 audio files), and When EyeBlue.png Lay My Hands On U (both .mov video files)). In 2004, the track (now known as When Eye.png Lay My Hands On U) was included as the first track on Prince’s 29th full-length studio album The Chocolate Invasion, the first compilation album of NPG Music Club downloads.

Specific recording dates for the track are not known, but it is assumed to have been recorded in early-mid 2000 at Paisley Park Studios. It was initially tentatively included as the opening track on the High album, announced as completed (as a "rough draft") on NPGOnlineLtd.com on 8 August 2000, before the album was abandoned. On 16 September 2000, NPGOnlineLtd.com announced that Prince had been filming "clips of songs (not fully produced videos)" for an upcoming online project - it is likely, therefore, that the 1:09 video released concurrently with the song through the NPG Music Club is all that was recorded.

The discrepancy in the use of Eye/Eye.png in the track name is likely due to the limits of the website coding used on the NPG Music Club at the time of the track’s release rather than any deliberate choice, but it is reflected here nonetheless.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early-mid 2000 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)
  • Other recording credits are unknown.

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
When Eye Lay My Hands On U 3:39 NPG Music Club mp3 download

The Chocolate Invasion

Studio Known as When Eye.png Lay My Hands On U on The Chocolate Invasion
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
When Eye.png Lay My Hands On U 6:34 Lotusflow3r.com video stream Live 18 July 2009, Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland (show 2)

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • When Eye Lay My Hands On U mentions one of Prince’s musical influences, Carlos Santana, and his instrumental track Europa, before a guitar solo reminiscent of Santana’s own work.

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