It was only last June
When her old man ran away
She couldn't stop crying
'Cause she knew he was gone to stay

It was ten thirty-five on a lonely Friday night
She was standin' by the bar,
She was lookin' alright, yeah

I asked if she wanted to dance
And she said all she wanted was a good man
And wanted to know
If I thought I was qualified, yeah

And I said, baby don't waste your time
I know what's on your mind
I may be qualified for a one night stand
But I could never take the place of your man

It hurt me so bad when she told me
With tears in her eyes (tears in her eyes)
He was all she ever had
And now she wanted to die

He left her with a baby
And another one on the way, yeah
She couldn't stop cryin'
'Cause she knew he was gone to stay

She asked me if we could be friends
And I said, oh, honey baby that's a dead end
You know and I know
That we wouldn't be satisfied

And I said, baby don't waste your time
I know what's on your mind
You wouldn't be satisfied (wouldn't be satisfied)
With a one night stand (uh, uh, uh)

And I could never take the place of your man, oh
Yeah, yeah, the place of your man (uh, uh, uh)
One, two

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"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" as written by Prince Rogers Nelson

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  • +2
    General CommentPrince (or the song's protagonist) really comes across as a sweetheart in this one, doesn't he, refusing to take advantage of a woman on the rebound?

    The lyrics are sad but the tune is very dancy and upbeat, which is a juxtaposition I always enjoy in pop music. One of my very favorite Prince songs.
    sharkycharmingon February 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentne 1 watched him sing this song on the sign of the times video?
    hmm, she waz looking alrite!- love that bit on it!!
    purplerainon August 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnice song
    cervanteon March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a very well-written song. It is very obvious what the song is about.
    DameAutouron February 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is soooo cool. I don't really like pop music but Prince is a genius. it just makes you feel so good.
    layne1012on May 29, 2006   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionFirst song I played on the drums, very easy and never gets old.
    anima69316on February 04, 2011   Link

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