America (Prince song)

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US 7" single
Single by Prince and The Revolution
from the album Around the World in a Day
B-side "Girl"
Released October 2, 1985
Format 7" single
12" single
Recorded The Warehouse, St. Louis Park; July 23, 1984
Genre Funk[1]
Length 7"/album: 3:40
12" single: 21:46
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Prince and The Revolution
Producer(s) Prince and The Revolution
Prince and The Revolution singles chronology
"Pop Life"
"Pop Life"
Prince (UK) singles chronology
"Pop Life"
(1985) Pop Life1985
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(1986) Kiss1986

"America" is a 1985 song by Prince and The Revolution.[2] It was the final US single from the group's 1985 album, Around the World in a Day and is a sardonic attack on the mid-1980s United States, referencing Communism, and worrying about nuclear war, a common theme in Prince's lyrics in the 1980s. The song begins with the sound of a record starting and stopping, as if being cued by a DJ. This leads into a guitar solo and a rising flute line. The main tune is standard rock and roll and fades out at 3:40. The 12-inch single extended version is notable for being over 21 minutes long and including various instrumental solos. The song fades just before the audio tape ran out, as Prince and the Revolution had jammed the song out until there was no more room on the tape. The video for this song was shot on October 27 1985 during a "One Off" performance in Nice, France at Théâtre de Verdure and shown on MTV during an entire segment dedicated to the single. This would be the first televised interview that Prince gave since 1980 on American Bandstand. The segment included a live rendition of America and a one on one interview with fans surrounding Prince.

The B-side of the track is "Girl", a light pop number that speaks of Prince's lust for a woman. Featuring a minimal drum loop and sparse synthesizer lines, Prince's lust is in such force that he declares, "All I have to do is think about you, and I can have an orgasm," as he invites her to both feel how sweaty his hands have gotten from their meeting, and let him be "the water in your bath". The full-length version from the 12-inch single features backmasking of Vanity reciting the lyrics with the word "boy" replacing the word "girl".


Chart (1985) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 46


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince & the Revolution: Around the World in a Day > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
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  3. ^ " – Prince & The Revolution – America" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Prince – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Prince. Retrieved May 6, 2016.

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