Elephants & Flowers

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Elephants & Flowers


from the album Graffiti Bridge

Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 20 August 1990 - Graffiti Bridge album
Album(s): Graffiti Bridge
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Elephants & Flowers is the fifth track on Prince’s twelfth album Graffiti Bridge. The song also features in the movie Graffiti Bridge.

Basic tracking took place on 6 October 1988 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during two days off from the Lovesexy Tour, between shows in Toronto, ON, Canada and Hampton, VA, USA, on the same day as Still Would Stand All Time). This version contained different verses to the released version, but contains the same chorus. It was initially included on a configuration of the Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic album, dated 27 October 1988, but was removed for the late 1988 - early 1989 configuration. It was included as the fourth track on a late 1989 configuration of Graffiti Bridge. It is likely that further work was done on the track in late 1989 or early 1990, when the track in its released form switched places with The Question Of U to become the fifth track on a 1990 configuration of the album, where it remained for release.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
6 October 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Late 1989 or early 1990 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Elephants & Flowers 3:54 Graffiti Bridge Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Elephants & Flowers 3:25 Graffiti Bridge DVD Studio Edit of the album version
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Soul Psychodelicide Studio Unreleased 1989 track
Number 1 Initial version Recorded late 1989 - early 1990, before vocal overdubs, using drum track from Elephants & Flowers
Number 1 Studio Final version after vocal overdubs by Robin Power, using drum track from Elephants & Flowers
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Elephants & Flowers Studio Original 1988 version, featuring mostly different verses
Elephants & Flowers Edit Edit of original 1988 version above
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • * This song uses the LinnDrum, the successor of the Linn LM-1 usually utilized by Prince.

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