"Sister" as written by and Prince Rogers Nelson....
I was only sixteen but I guess that's no excuse
My sister was thirty-two, lovely, and loose
She don't wear no underwear
She says it only gets in her hair
And it's got a funny way of stoppin' the juice

My sister never made love to anyone else but me
She's the reason for my, uh, sexuality
She showed me where it's supposed to go
A blowjob doesn't mean blow
Incest is everything it's said to be

Oh, sister
Don't put me on the street again
Oh, sister
I just want to be your friend

I was only sixteen and only half a man
My sister didn't give a goddamn
She only wanted to turn me out
She took a whip to me until I shout
"Oh, motherfuckers just a motherfucker, can't you understand?"

Oh, sister
Don't put me on the street again
Oh, sister
I just want to be your friend
I know what you want me to do
Put me on the street and make me blue
Oh, sister
Oh, sister, oh

Lyrics submitted by Gothy_Bura

"Sister" as written by Prince Rogers Nelson

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Sister song meanings
Add your thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about incestuous sexual abuse of a sexually inexperienced sixteen year old boy by his thirty-two year old sister, whom the lyrics imply has custody of him. She is described as making love exclusively to her brother despite being "loose" and refusing to wear undergarments because of their inhibiting the flow of her sexual juices. The boy in the song feels guilt about the relationship, "I was only 16 but I guess that's no excuse," even though he also says he just wants to be her friend. This guilt is common in survivors of sexual abuse. She teaches him about some sort of penetrative sex in addition to oral sex. The song then refers to her prostitution of him, "She only wanted to turn me out," and his reluctance, "Don't put me on the street again." It says she whipped him until he cried out, which is again intermingling sexual abuse with physical abuse.

    Once again, Prince is proving himself socially aware and politically active. I think it's interesting that all the way back in 1979 this song was out there letting people know that it's not just women and girls who get abused by men and boys, but that abuse can occur with the genders reversed. People still forget that, today. I also think it's interesting that the others who comment, not just here but elsewhere, see the shock value so much more clearly than any potential social commentary that might make us aware of what can happen so that we can help those who need help. There are lots of places for abused women and girls to go for help, but our society tends to disbelieve or ridicule male victims of abuse. It would be good if songs like this led to greater awareness and change. Instead, it's more common for them to be used as an excuse for censorship, which I find extremely sad.
    Kaytion August 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentonly prince would sing about incest such as this!
    rufiohaspanon August 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSoooo gross!
    goblinbabieson March 05, 2008   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top