"The Prince" as written by and Vanessa Carlton....
Buster, he sold the heat with a rock-steady beat

An earthquake is erupting, but not in Orange street
A ghost-dance is preparing, You got to help us with your feet
If you're not in the mood to dance, step back, grab yourself a seat
This may not be uptown Jamaica, but we promise you a treat

Buster, bowl me over with your bogus dance, shuffle me off my feet
Even if I keep on runnin', I'll never get to Orange street

So I'll say there's nothin' left to say, for the man who set the beat
So I'll leave it up to you out there, to get him back on his feet

Buster, bowl me over with your bogus dance, shuffle me off my feet
Even if I'll keep on runnin', I'll never get to Orange Street

Bring back the
Who is the
We want the

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"The Prince" as written by Christopher John Foreman Cathal Joseph Smyth

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  • +1
    General CommentMadness were heavily influenced by ska and reggae. This is a tribute to their favourite Prince Buster (the band was named after a song by him, and they even covered it themselves)
    honestfion August 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBig fans of Prince Buster Lee wrote a tribute to him including references to him not to mention play on words around PB songs.
    Orange Street is not only a song by PB(108 Orange St)but also the address where PB had his shop named Prince Buster's One Stop,add to this Ghostdance and Earthquake again two PB singles it's the perfect tribute.
    It's also about how at the time they thought that there was this great street in downtown Kingston which was throbbing with the latest ska sounds and no matter how hard they tried they'd never get there as it was so far away.
    i seem to remember PB sued the band for royalties as it sounded like another of his songs.
    Mr Smashon April 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments! I'm appalled, such a cheerful song, who knows what its about? Not me.
    AntiPop245on April 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song...i think it was the perfect first single
    ska_keithon November 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLast night there was actually somebody other than
    me on the Madness page.
    Somebody else in here in the year 08!!!

    I'll have to stop fucking around.
    Bankrobberon April 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I listen to the Prince, I only have ears for
    the bass line. Lack of objectivity here.
    Bankrobberon April 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't you think Madness boys are very good
    musicians? People who saw them live seem to think
    they are and always have been.
    When the drummer and the bass player get along
    well, when in fact they're old mates, the beat's
    faultless and so are the four others.
    And Chas' dancing is perfect of course.
    Bankrobberon April 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing the amount of crap I've written.
    I've done too much.
    To really know how it was, Madness in its prime,
    I'm much too young.
    Bankrobberon April 12, 2008   Link

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