My Computer

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My Computer

from the album Emancipation
single art for My Computer
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 19 November 1996 - Emancipation album
Album(s): Emancipation
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

My Computer is the ninth track on the third disc of Prince’s 19th album Emancipation, the third album to be credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png.

Basic tracking dates are unknown, but it is likely that the track was recorded in late 1995 or early 1996 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It features British singer/songwriter Kate Bush on background vocals, marking her first and only appearance on a Prince/SymbolSmallerBlue.png recording (although Prince had previously appeared on her track Why Should I Love You?). The thematic of My Computer, a person who seeks companionship or comfort through his computer, echoes Kate Bush’s 1989 song Deeper Understanding (from her 1989 album The Sensual World which also includes the track Love And Anger, featured in The New Power Generation Radio Show in 1989).

The track also uses an opening and closing sample from AOL’s e-mail program (stating "You’ve got mail" and "goodbye") and a synth line sampled or borrowed from the unreleased 1985/1986 track Come Elektra Tuesday.

In September 2019 the song was released on a single, as cover mount with the October 2019 edition of Musikexpress magazine in Germany.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late 1995 - early 1996 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Kate Bush - additional vocals
  • Elwood Edwards - sampled vocals, sampled from AOL’s e-mail program) (uncredited)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
My Computer 4:36 Emancipation

My Computer (2019 cover mount single)


Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Although SymbolSmallerBlue.png is using the term "my computer" in a broad, generic sense, the term "my computer" is usually used to refer to a computer’s local files and folders, and would not involve communication with anyone else on a network (which is the subject of the song).

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