"The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" as written by and Prince Rogers Nelson....
Dorothy was a waitress on the promenade
She worked the night shift
Dishwater blonde, tall and fine
She got a lot of tips

Well, earlier I'd been talkin' stuff
In a violent room
Fighting with lovers past
I needed someone with a quicker wit than mine
Dorothy was fast

Well, I ordered, "Yeah, let me get a fruit cocktail, I ain't to hungry"
Dorothy laughed
She said "Sounds like a real man to me"
"You're kinda cute, you want to take a bath?
(Do you want to, do you want to, bath)

Awh I said "Cool, but I'm leaving my pants on" (she say)
"'Cause I'm kind of going with someone"
She said "Sounds like a real man to me"
"Mind if I turn on the radio?"
"Oh, my favorite song" she said
And it was Joni singing "Help me I think I'm falling"

Brrring the phone rang and she said
"Whoever's calling can't be as cute as you"
Right then I knew I was through
(Dorothy Parker was cool)

My pants where wet, they came off
But she didn't see the movie
'Cause she hadn't read the book first

Instead she pretended she was blind
An affliction brought on by a witch's curse
Dorothy made me laugh (ha ha)
I felt much better so I went back
To the violent room (tell us what you did)
Let me tell you what I did

I took another bubble bath with my pants on
All the fighting stopped
Next time I'll do it sooner
This is the ballad of Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker
Sweet hoo hoo ooo
Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker
Well
Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker
Well, ohh, well, aohh


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"The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" as written by Prince Rogers Nelson

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    General Commenti adore this song. i could listen to it over and over again and never get bored. i understand the genral concept but does anyone know what inspired Prince to write this? and maybe who dorothy parker is?
    gorgeousness x
    DaisyDarlingon August 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDorothy Parker was an American wit in the 20s and 30s who wrote for the New Yorker. She was basically brilliant, and obviously, terribly witty. Ever heard that little saying, "men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses"? Well, she said that. She wrote poetry and short stories, mostly. Check out the Portable Dorothy Parker for a little taste of her. Which is a book. In case you had your doubts.
    sincelastdecemberon January 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDorothy was a waitress on the promenade
    She worked the night shift
    Dishwater blonde, tall and fine
    She got a lot of tips - She was hot.

    Well, earlier I'd been talkin' stuff
    In a violent room
    Fighting with lovers past - Prince was fighting with the misses.

    I needed someone with a quicker wit than mine
    Dorothy was fast - She was flirting.

    Well, I ordered - "Yeah, let me get a fruit cocktail, I ain't 2 hungry"
    Dorothy laughed
    She said "Sounds like a real man 2 me"
    Kinda cute, U wanna take a bath? - Dorothy wants Prince to cheat on his wife.

    I said "Cool, but I'm leaving my pants on" -she say-
    "Cuz I'm kind of going with someone"
    She said "Sounds like a real man 2 me"
    "Mind if I turn on the radio?"
    "Oh, my favorite song" she said
    And it was Joni singing "Help me I think I'm falling"
    -Ring-
    The phone rang and she said
    "Whoever's calling can't be as cute as U"
    Right then I knew I was through
    -Dorothy Parker was cool- - Dorothy is seducing him and he is falling for it.


    My pants where wet, they came off
    But she didn't see the movie
    Cuz she hadn't read the book first - He prematurely ejaculated.

    Instead she pretended she was blind
    An affliction brought on by a witch's curse - She was cool with it to make him comfortable.

    Dorothy made me laugh -ha ha-
    I felt much better so I went back
    2 the violent room -tell us what U did-
    Let me tell U what I did... - Prince goes back to his misses.

    I took another bubble bath with my pants on
    All the fighting stopped
    Next time I'll do it sooner
    This is the ballad of Dorothy Parker - Prince took a bubble bath to stop the fighting, seduce his misses but all the while he thinks of Dorothy.

    This is a great song!
    RandomPersonYouAreReadingon July 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it’s just a story. Prince generally isn’t a confessional songwriter, he’s more of a storyteller. So Dorothy Parker doesn’t exist. It’s a story about Prince’s idea for an ideal woman: beautiful and smart. But he appears to have found her while in a bad relationship with another woman because he mentions arguing with a lover and “kinda going with someone”. But he likes her so much he changes his mind and wants to be with her, yet she just flirts and plays hard to get. I think the “she didn’t see the movie because she hadn’t read the book” line is saying metaphorically she turned down his sex advances because she didn’t get to know him. But in the end he respects her for it. The “Violent Room” line is kind of confusing, I think maybe he’s talking about living in a bad relationship maybe?
    cmp744on December 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIndeed a short,sweet song. The Violent room could just be a reference to her bedroom. I think at the end they did have sex.
    kamakiriadon March 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's a prince song what do you expect?! LOL, he's more predictable than ac/dc but i love him!
    young_jableson January 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTHis is one of my favorite songs by Prince. These lines are cool, and have gotten me out of this situation a few times:

    Instead she pretended she was blind - meaning Dorthy ignored the premature ejeculation
    An affliction brought on by a witch's curse She didn't mpay attention to him, she couldn't have sex with him because seh was on her period.
    genniepopon July 21, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaningthis is one of if not my favorite prince songs.
    i think hes in a relationship with someone and their having relationship problems. you notice that when he says..

    "Well, earlier I'd been talkin' stuff
    In a violent room
    Fighting with lovers past"

    so he went to the diner to get things off his mind. while there he met this waitress named Dorthy, who he thought was very attractive.
    then he says..

    "I needed someone with a quicker wit than mine
    Dorothy was fast".
    he wanted to find someone like him or someone he could relate too.

    all the while Dorthy is flirting with him really hard.
    then she says "sounds like a real man to me, your kind of cute, wanna take a bath?
    hes starting to feel bad and thinks about his previous relationship. thats why he says..
    "im kindof going with someone.

    so then she says one thing that sends him over the edge, so then they have sex.

    when their done he feels alot better so he went back to the violet room- which represents his previous relationship. and then takes a bubble bath with his lover like he did with Dorthy.
    then he says all the fighting stops and next time he would use that method sooner.

    so basically that was his story with Dorthy Parker

    this song may have a deeper meaning than this,because prince is such a deep person
    but this is just my take on the song
    bossylover01on July 30, 2011   Link
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    Song FactSonically, this song is very odd. There is an interesting reason:
    "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" came to Prince in a dream and he was inspired to write a song about it. He wanted to work very quickly, waste no time, in order to capture the spirit of the dream. So he called his recording engineer, Susan Rogers, to the studio to record this new song. This studio had a console that Susan Rogers had never used before. As such, she began to test the audio wiring on the console to make sure everything was working properly. However, Prince began playing and told her "Let's record." So she stopped checking the wiring and simply began to record. Prince laid the entire track down - he played everything himself of course. Then he went upstairs and went to sleep. As she listened to the playback Susan realized something was wrong with the recording - it had no high-end whatsoever. Then she realized that the console had not been fully wired and so it was only recording at half power - not enough power to record the high-end. Susan was mortified and was worried that Prince would be angry. But he ended up loving how it sounded because it had a dreamy sound - like his actual dream.
    Rickveeon May 27, 2016   Link

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