For You

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For You

For you.jpg
from the album For You
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 7 April 1978 - For You album
Album(s): For You
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

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.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1976 Russell Ave, Anderson house,
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Home recording
October - December 1977 Record Plant,
Sausalito, CA, USA
Early January 1978 Sound Labs,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Overdubs and mixing
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and wind chimes

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
For You 1:06 For You Studio

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Million $ Show 3:10 Hitnrun Phase One album stream Studio Contains samples from openings of For You, 1999 and Let’s Go Crazy
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
For You Studio Includes additional a capella coda
For You Studio Includes acoustic guitar
For You Studio Includes piano
For You Studio Includes acoustic guitar and piano
For You Studio Version before Sound Labs Overdubs and mixing
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This track is the earliest a capella track to be released by Prince (in addition to being, in essence, the earliest track of all to be released).
  • Interestingly, the first seconds of the song are a later part of the track played backward.
  • Some wind chimes sounds can be heard on the track, although buried in the mix.

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