American In Paris is an unreleased track recorded in late 1989 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. 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 sent her the song and she put her vocal on it in Paris and returned it.