Strays Of The World

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Strays Of The World

Crystalball album.png
from the album Crystal Ball
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 29 January 1998 - Crystal Ball album
Album(s): Crystal Ball

Anthology: 1995-2010

Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Strays Of The World is the tenth and final track on the second disc of Prince’s 20th album Crystal Ball (his fourth using the name SymbolSmallerBlue.png). Strays Of The World was also included in the 1993 Glam Slam Ulysses stage-show, during two segments, titled “The Ship” (opening the show), and “The Homecoming”.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in mid to late May 1993 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that also produced Space, Pope, What’s My Name, Interactive, Solo, and a reworked version of Race).

The Crystal Ball liner notes state that it was "originally intended 4 a Broadway musical"; this most likely refers to the planned Come musical. It was included as the eleventh and final track on a 19 March 1994 configuration of the Come album (credited to Prince instead of SymbolSmallerBlue.png), but was removed for the final configuration.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-late May 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Strays Of The World 5:06 Crystal Ball

Anthology: 1995-2010

Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Strays Of The World 3:04 3rdEye TV Show # 11 performance audio stream Rehearsal Recorded early July 2013, Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (assumed); instrumental version

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Whether intentionally or not, the song’s chorus and the last portion of Strays Of The World borrows the bass part from the final section Fleetwood Mac’s song The Chain written by John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. The Chain is from the Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours which Prince once cited as one of his favorite albums.

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