In 1983 Prince was touring his latest album and the tour lined up with a number shows Bob Seger was doing in the same cities. Prince caught a couple of Bob Seger shows and was taken aback at how much the audiences responded to big story telling ballads like “Night Moves” and “Turn the Page”
This song was Prince’s attempt to write a song like that. It would end up becoming the centerpiece for the soundtrack to his upcoming 1984 movie. In the context of the film, each verse of this song ties into a different strained relationship Prince’s character has and his desire to reconcile.
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