"When You Were Mine" as written by and Prince Rogers Nelson....
When you were mine
I gave you all of my money
Time after time
You done me wrong
It was just like a dream
You let all my friends come over and meet
And you were so strange
You didn't have the decency to change the sheets

Oh girl, when you were mine
I used to let you wear all my clothes
You were so fine (so fine)
Maybe that's the reason that it hurt me so

I know (I know)
That you're going with another guy
I don't care (don't care)
'Cause I love you, baby, that's no lie
I love you more than I did when you were mine

When you were mine
You were kinda, sorta my best friend
So I was blind (so blind)
I let you fool around
I never cared (didn't care)
I never was the kind to make a fuss
When he was there
Sleeping in between the two of us

I know (I know)
That you're going with another guy
I don't care (don't care)
'Cause I love you, baby, that's no lie
I love you more than I did when you were mine

When you were mine
you were all I ever wanted to do
Now I spend my time
Following him whenever he's with you

I know (I know)
That you're going with another guy
I don't care (don't care)
'Cause I love you, baby, that's no lie
I love you more than I did when you were mine

When you were mine, yeah, oh no
Love you, baby, love you, baby
When you were mine


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"When You Were Mine" as written by Robert Byrne Gene Nelson

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  • +1
    General CommentI love the Boyracer version of this song.
    heroinhotwateron October 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis girl cheated on him until she left him, for the the guy she was cheatin with. And now he watches both of them.
    Good song!
    violectricaon November 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCrooked Fingers do an amazing cover of this.
    AirCav1stOfThe9thon March 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the Tegan and Sara cover of this song.
    okimeowon January 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorite prince songs
    sofreshon March 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti like the t+s version better than the original.

    sorry, prince.
    onegrrlprideparadeon June 14, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionThe Cyndi Lauper version is definitely the best for this one! :)
    music1994on July 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always think naughtier with this album so... this is about a guy that is so crazy about that girl that he incrementally accepts her wildest tendencies first fucking his buddies and then to the point that she ends up in a 3some witj the other guy and ultimately accepting and embracing being the 3d in a 2 guys-1 girl possibly bisex relationship hence the 'i love you more than i did when you were mine'. Love and peace Prince
    Yourmanon May 08, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI think Prince spent his entire life as a cuckold married or not. This song pretty much illustrates what his sexuality consisted of. I think he had a deep rooted insecurity about his height and his manhood. He basically was a sadomasochist. When you think about the song, he talks about a woman who is obviously sleeping around with his friends, not only that, he is also having threesomes with her, and another man. You can also interpret it as if he had a polyamorous relationship with her and the other guy. I don't think prince really saw himself as a man so that is why it doesn't surprise me if he would like threesomes with another man. I think the song is kind of sad because he doesn't think he is man enough for her so he accepts being the third wheel although it pains him to do so.
    a.k.109245on May 23, 2016   Link

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