"Pop Life" as written by and Prince Rogers Nelson....
What's the matter with your life
Is the poverty bringing you down?
Is the mailman jerking you 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?

Tell me, what's the matter with your world
Was it a boy when you wanted a girl? (boy when you wanted a girl)
Don't you know straight hair ain't got no curl (no curl)
Life it ain't real funky
Unless it's got that pop
Dig it

Pop life
Everybody needs a thrill
Pop life
We all got a space to fill
Pop life
Everybody can't be on top
But life it ain't real funky
Unless it's got that pop
Dig it

Tell me, what's that underneath your hair?
Is there anybody living there? (anybody living there)
You can't get over, if you say you just don't care (don't care)
Show me a boy who stays in school
And I'll show you a boy aware
Dig it

Pop life
Everybody needs a thrill
Pop life
We all got a space to fill
Pop life
Everybody can't be on top
But life it ain't real funky
Unless it's got that pop
Dig it

Oh
What you putting in your nose?
Is that where all your money goes (is that where your money goes)
The river of addiction flows
You think it's hot, but there won't be no water
When the fire blows
Dig it

Pop life
Everybody needs a thrill
Pop life
We all got a space to fill
Pop life
Everybody wants to be on top
But life it ain't real funky
Unless it's got that pop

Everybody needs a thrill
Pop life
We all got a space to fill
Pop life
Everybody can't be on top
But life it ain't real funky
Unless it's got that pop


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"Pop Life" as written by Prince Rogers Nelson

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    General CommentNo comments on this song? Lyrics are pretty straight forward, and I love the beat. But I want to know: what is with the break in the song at the end, with the noise etc? Is that supposed to sound like something in particular? I never understood why that is in the song! Otherwise, one of my favorite Prince songs.
    kickstart71on February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've heard that the noise at the end is a snippet of a concert from five years earlier when Prince was booed off the stage as the opening act for Rolling Stones. I don't know if it's true, but it would kind of make sense to reuse it in this context - as a way of gloating.
    Copper Smithon August 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentso this song is awesome...i think its talking about common sense really, and like looking at brighter sides of things, glass full, not empty!
    whats that underneath your hair?
    hes saying what goes on in your head? does anyone live in there?
    river of addiction flows....

    gotta love it.

    salaam
    salaamon May 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have not heard it in years. God I miss my turntable. I have the record but nothing to play it on.
    bocoeon February 03, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is about how we've all become obsessed with the shallowness of life, the celebrity, the desire for wealth and status instead of focusing on what's important.

    "Pop life
    Everybody needs a thrill
    Pop life
    We all got a space to fill
    Pop life"

    Despite having been written 28 years ago, this song still very much resonates with today's culture of celebrity, consumerism and the constant need for some kind of entertainment because we can't entertain ourselves.

    "What's the matter with your life
    Is the poverty bringing you down?
    Is the mailman jerking you 'round?
    Did he put your million dollar check
    In someone else's box?"

    Instead we moan and complain about the things we don't have, as if they are owed to us by society.

    "Tell me, what's that underneath your hair?
    Is there anybody living there? (Anybody living there)
    you can't get over, if you say you just don't care (Don't care)"

    These lines, to me, is asking us, are we really thinking about what's going on in the world? Most people say they don't care about politics and important issues that are going on in the world because they can't do anything about it. So instead they focus all their attention on pop culture.

    "Show me a boy who stays in school
    And I'll show you a boy aware!"

    This is Prince saying that it's important to educate yourself.
    mezzamayon September 28, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song was actually written about Prince's ex, Vanity and her cocaine addiction. Fairly common knowledge, I thought.
    letmelivethatfantasyon January 30, 2014   Link

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