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from the album Come
Come single.jpg
promo single art for Come
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 16 August 1994 - Come album
Album(s): Come
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • 1995 - as pre-recorded interlude

Orgasm (a.k.a. Poem) is the tenth and final track on Prince’s fifteenth album Come, and, around the same time as the album’s release, the original full-length version of the track, known as Poem, was included as the only track on a German promotional single, Come (strangely, the track Come was not included). The previous year, however, Poem was included as an untitled segue following What’s My Name in the Glam Slam Ulysses stage-show, during the segment titled "Scylla" (credited, as was the whole project, to SymbolSmallerBlue.png).

A tape containing Poem and seven other new tracks (a 10-minute version of The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, Interactive, Days Of Wild, Now, Acknowledge Me, 319, and Pheromone) as well as the show given at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota on 13 February 1994, am was purchased by some European radio networks. This tape was broadcast in early March 1994 (by Los 40 Principales in Spain, Radio Veronica and Tros in The Netherlands and DSR3 in the Switzerland). Four months before the album’s release in 1994, Poem was heard played over the credits in The Beautiful Experience TV movie (again credited, as was the whole project, to SymbolSmallerBlue.png).

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in early 1993 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (as Poem). The track reuses a guitar solo from Private Joy (recorded exactly 13 years before the Come album release, on 16 August 1981, at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California) and vocals from Vanity 6’s unreleased track Vibrator (recorded in May 1983 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota). The "poem" was largely based on lines adapted from the Old Testament book Song of Songs (also known as the Song of Solomon). Poem was originally included as the ninth and final track on a March 1993 configuration of Come. It was kept for inclusion on the Come album as the first track on a 11 March 1994 configuration. For the final configuration of the album, the track was renamed Orgasm and portions of the "poem" were distributed as opening segments of other tracks; Pheromone, Race, Dark and Letitgo include segments in their opening seconds.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
16 August 1981 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Tracking (Private Joy guitar solo)
Summer 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking (Vibrator Vanity vocals)
Early 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking (as Poem)
Spring-Summer 1994 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Editing to create Orgasm
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Vanity - vocals (as "she knows")

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Orgasm 1:39 Come Studio
Come 3:42 Come promo Studio Track is titled Come, but is actually Poem; Original full-length version before editing for album
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Poem 3:38 Debuted on Spanish radio Los 40 Principales on 3 March 1994 Studio
Poem 3:42 The Beautiful Experience TV movie Studio Played over credits; see The Beautiful Experience for details

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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