I was dreamin' when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray
But when I woke up this mornin'
Could've sworn it was judgment day

The sky was all purple
There were people runnin' everywhere
Tryin' to run from the destruction
You know I didn't even care

'Cause they say two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999

I was dreamin' when I wrote this
So sue me if I go too fast
But life is just a party
And parties weren't meant to last

War is all around us
My mind says prepare to fight
So if I gotta die
I'm gonna listen to my body tonight

Yeah, they say two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999
Yeah, yeah

Lemme tell ya somethin'
If you didn't come to party
Don't bother knockin' on my door
I got a lion in my pocket
And baby he's ready to roar, yeah yeah

Everybody's got a bomb
We could all die here today, uhh
But before I'll let that happen
I'll dance my life away, oh

They say two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
We're runnin' outta time
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999)

Say it one more time
Two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
Yeah, yeah
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999)

1999 (1999)
Don't ya want to go (1999)
Don't ya want to go (1999)
We could all die here today (1999)
I don't want to die
I'd rather dance my life away


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1999 Lyrics as written by Prince Rogers Nelson

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  • +2
    General CommentThe statement, "life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last," acknowledges that we're mortal and we should enjoy life during our limited time on earth.
    procktheboaton November 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA song about the end of the world. Destruction. It's amazing people only think of this as a party song but its about the end of the world.
    KILBYon March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis a great party song, i love it. It's one of the few Prince songs that i like
    JessieLynnon August 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta classic but not one of his very best
    cervanteon March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClassic, but for the wrong reasons.
    BeatJunkie08on March 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yeah. Big mamas and papas fan. keyboard based on 'monday Monday' ba da, ba da da.
    violectricaon November 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dotn get why 1999 is put in it if its about war. i can understand that its about how life should be fun, wars should never happen, everyone should be happy.
    mattalacon September 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMattalac The reson 1999 is in there is because its about the end of the world the world was suppose to end on news years eve 1999 But its 2006 so I don't think it ended!

    Anyway great song!
    MusicDrugieon June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLook, I remember even myself 10 years back thinking "in the year 2000 the world will end". I think there were a lot of people spinning the same bs over the last few decades, the point of this song is this, Prince is very simply saying, enjoy life while youre living it, he doesn't care, just party like its 1999.. what the hell is so hard to understand about that?
    Schr4nzon February 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlov this song it's tha shit
    jwizakajazzon April 25, 2007   Link

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