My Own Lyrics Challenge 1989 - Batdance - Prince

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The lyrics of the song “Batdance'” by Prince make no sense unless you have seen the first Batman movie from 1989. Even then, the raucous and disjointed words are nonsensical. Prince was asked to create the soundtrack for the movie, and this was the lead to that album. It mixes lines from the film with pop culture Batman references in a surrealistic manner.

My Own Lyrics Challenge is going through the years to spotlight cool songs and this post is for 1989. “Batdance'” big hit for Prince that year, reaching number one on the charts when issued and coming at number 44 on the Billboard Charts for that year.

The video for Batdance by Prince is even more surreal than the lyrics alone. In it, riffs from the original Batman TV show are highlighted as dancers in costumes from the movie dance in groups.

Prince himself appears as Two Face while the film sample lyrics are actual clips from the movie. Strange as that all sounds, the video was also a big hit, nominated and winning many awards for that year.

Batdance Lyrics - Prince

("Oh, I got a live one here!")
Get the funk up!
Batman
Get the funk up!
Batman
Get the funk up!
("Go, go, go with a smile!")
Batdance
Do it
Keep busting

[Verse 2]
I've seen the future and it will be
Batman, Batman
I've seen the future and it will be
Batman (house, do it, house)
"And where, and where is the Batman?"
Do it, do it
Let's do it, let's do it
Do it, do it
Do it, do it

[Breakdown]
"Stop the press"
"Stop the press, who is that?"
"Vicki Vale, Vicki Vale"
"I like"
Batman
Batman
Batman
"Oh - that's nice"
"Hi, Bruce Wayne"
"I've tried to avoid all this, but I can't"
"I just got to know... are we going to try to love each other?"
"Stop the press - who is that?"
"Vicki Vale"
"She is great, isn't she?"

[Verse 3]
Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
I wanna bust that body
Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
I wanna bust that body right
"I'd like to"
Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
"But he's out there right now"
I wanna bust that body
Ooh yeah, ooh yeah tonight

[Bridge 2]
"Well, Miss Vale"
"Ever dance with the devil in the pale moon light?"
"I always ask that of all my prey."
"I just like the sound of it."
(screams)

[Verse 4]
I've got to go to work
Batman
I've got to go to work
Batman
If a man is considered guilty
Work!
For what goes on in his mind
Work!
Then gimme the electric chair
Work!
For all my future crimes-OH
Work!
Electric chair

[Bridge 2]
Hey Ducky, let me stick the 7-inch
In the computer
HA, HA, HA
Hey, we got the power
Oh, we got the soul
Hey, we got to sho'nuff get off
To make the devil go, go
"This town needs an enema!"

[Verse 5]
"I'm going to kill you"
Power
"I'm not going kill you"
Soul
"I'm going to kill you"
Power
"I'm not going to kill you"
Soul
Let's do it
"I'm Batman"
Batman
Don't stop dancing
"I'm Batman"
Batman
Don't stop dancing
Do it, do it, do it, do it

[Versee 6]
Batman
Batman
Batman
Don't stop, don't stop
Let's do it
Don't stop dancing
Let's do it, Batman
Let's do it, Batman
Don't stop dancing
Don't stop dancing
No, damn it! Turn the music back up!
You son of a bitch!

[Outro]
Have you ever heard of the healing power of laughter?
Who's going to stop 200 balloons?
Nobody!
Batman
Stop!

RIP Prince, and all who leave us too soon.

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