Come is the first track on Prince’s fifteenth album Come.
In 1993, an earlier recording of Come was included in the Glam Slam Ulysses stage-show, during two segments; “Interlude” and “The Trojan Horse” (credited, as was the whole project, to ).
In 1994, four months before the album’s release, the studio promotional video of Come (using yet another recording of the track) was included in The Beautiful Experience TV movie (again credited, as was the whole project, to ).
Basic tracking took place on 2 January 1993 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same one-day session that produced Dark, Dolphin, Dream and Endorphinmachine). This version has no repeated chorus, and sounds more like a jam than a fully-finished song.
It was played over the PA before the 16 April 1993, Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA, USA show.
The version used in Glam Slam Ulysses was recorded at some point between April and August 1993 (most likely during the May 1993 sessions at Paisley Park Studios focusing on the Glam Slam Ulysses show and the planned Come musical).
Come was planned as the second track on the Papa EP for release on Prince’s birthday, 7 June 1993, but was later abandoned.
It is not clear when the versions used in The Beautiful Experience was recorded, but it is likely this was recorded in late 1993 or early 1994 at Paisley Park Studios. At this point, was working on The Dawn, and Come was planned for inclusion.
It was also planned for inclusion on an early version of The Beautiful Experience EP (before the EP was turned into a simple maxi-single for The Most Beautiful Girl In The World). Strangely, when abandoned The Dawn, the track was not included on the configuration of Come dated 11 March 1994, but when Warner Bros. asked for Prince to include the title track, he recorded yet another version, in mid-April 1994 (horn overdubs were recorded on 17 April 1994).
A configuration of Come from April-May 1994 includes two versions of Come (although the versions are unknown).
A planned “Live” single from 1994 also included Come as the opening track, segueing (as the track often did in live settings) into Endorphinmachine.
In Summer 1994, worked on various remixes of the track for a planned Come EP, details of which are not known, but this EP was known to include 18 & Over. While 18 & Over clearly derives from Come, it should be considered a separate track, and receives a separate song entry (see 18 & Over for details).
The track titled Come (Poem) on a promo single titled Come is, in fact, a longer version of the track Orgasm, and is discussed on that song’s entry.