I Would Die 4 U

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"I Would Die 4 U"
U.S. 7" single
Single by Prince and The Revolution
from the album Purple Rain
B-side "Another Lonely Christmas"
"Free" (UK 12")
Released November 28, 1984
Format 7" single
12" single
Recorded Live, First Avenue, Minneapolis, August 3, 1983
Genre Funk, synthpop, new wave
Length Album/7": 2:49
12": 10:15
Single: 2:57
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"Purple Rain"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Take Me with U"
Prince (UK) chronology
"Purple Rain"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Let's Go Crazy"/"Take Me with U"
Purple Rain track listing
"When Doves Cry"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Baby I'm a Star"

"I Would Die 4 U" is a song by Prince and The Revolution, and the fourth single in the U.S. from their 1984 album, Purple Rain. The up-tempo dance song was a top 10 hit (the last from the album) in the U.S., reaching number 8 on the Hot 100.

"I Would Die 4 U" is often played in sequence with Baby I'm a Star, the track following it, on Purple Rain.

Alternate versions[edit]

The extended version of "I Would Die 4 U" is actually a rehearsal jam on the song with The Revolution and musicians from Sheila E.'s band, Eddie M (on sax) and Miko Weaver (guitar), along with Sheila E. herself ; This version was recorded sometime before the Purple Rain Tour. The jam features some overdubbing and fades at the end; a longer version, nearly 31 minutes long, was never released officially, but has been bootlegged. The extended mix was also used as the B-side of the 1989 "Erotic City" single (the artwork of which features the same image of Prince that was used for this single's cover).

The B-side, "Another Lonely Christmas", is a sad account of a man mourning his lover who died on Christmas Day from pneumonia. The UK 12" single release also included the 1999 track "Free".

Track listing[edit]

7": Paisley Park / 7-29121 (US)[edit]

  1. "I Would Die 4 U" (single version) – 2:57
  2. "Another Lonely Christmas" – 4:51

12": Paisley Park / 9 20291-0 (US)[edit]

  1. "I Would Die 4 U" (extended version) – 10:15
  2. "Another Lonely Christmas" (extended version) – 6:47

12": Warner Bros. / W9121T (UK)[edit]

  1. "I Would Die 4 U" (single version) – 2:57
  2. "Another Lonely Christmas" – 4:51
  3. "Free" – 5:00


Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles Chart 58
Netherlands Singles Chart 7
Canadian Singles Chart 12
US Billboard Hot 100 8
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 11
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 50

Cover versions[edit]

  • Indie band Cush included a cover of the song on their 2002 EP Spiritual 1.[1]
  • The song was covered by French music artist Space Cowboy on his 2003 album Across The Sky.[2]
  • A cover by Mariachi El Bronx was included on the 2009 tribute compilation Purplish Rain. A free download of the song was offered by Spin magazine.[3]
  • The synthpop band Chvrches covered the song during their live performances since 2012, titled as 'I Would Die 4 V', as a reference to the V in their band name.[4]
  • Neo-soul singer Raheem DeVaughn released a cover on his 2010 mixtape "Mr. February aka March Madness."[5]
  • British indie rock band White Lies released a cover of the song on their 2013 extended play Small TV.
  • Nick Jonas recorded a cover version, available on his Facebook page.

Live cover performances[edit]

  • Of Montreal covered this song throughout their fall tour in 2007, along with other Prince songs.
  • Bloc Party covered part of the song as an intro to "Flux" throughout their 2008 summer tour.
  • Chvrches have covered this song live in 2012, and was one of the first three songs readily available on the internet by them.


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