Private Joy

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"Private Joy"
Song by Prince
from the album Controversy
A-side "Do Me, Baby"
Released July 16, 1982
Format 7" promo single
Recorded 1981
Genre Post-disco, Pop
Length 4:25
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Controversy track listing
"Do Me, Baby"
"Private Joy"
"Ronnie, Talk to Russia"

"Private Joy" is a song by American musician Prince from his 1981 album Controversy, released as the B-side of the single "Do Me, Baby". The song describes how Prince will never reveal the identity of his secret lover.

In this bouncy disco-pop number, Prince explains that his lover is no one's but his. He sings about what they do together, and the times they share. He claims that he "strangled Valentino", and that she was "his ever since" and that she "belongs to Prince".

The song ends with guitar riffs and feedback from Prince, and segues into "Ronnie, Talk to Russia", the next track on Controversy. These guitar sounds were sampled and used in "Orgasm", a song on Prince's 1994 album Come.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Do Me, Baby" (edit) – 3:57
  2. "Private Joy" – 4:25
"Private Joy"
Single by La Toya Jackson
from the album Heart Don't Lie
Released June 24, 1984 (1984-06-24)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop, R&B, soul, dance
Length 4:49
Label CBS, Sony Records
Songwriter(s) Prince
Producer(s) Amir Bayyan
La Toya Jackson singles chronology
"Hot Potato"
"Private Joy"
"Baby Sister"
"Hot Potato"
"Private Joy"
"Baby Sister"

La Toya Jackson version[edit]

American singer La Toya Jackson covered this song for her 1984 album Heart Don't Lie. Her single had limited release in Japan as a 7" single. Her U.S. hit single "Heart Don't Lie" can be found on the B-side.

According to Jackson, Prince's publishing company, Controversy Music, "approached me about recording songs of his that hadn't gone over too big the first time around. They submitted several songs and I picked 'Private Joy' because it sounded so up-to-date." Though "Private Joy" was Jackson's favorite song from Heart Don't Lie, it was never released as a single outside Japan. Said Jackson at the time, "I loved the song and my record company loved it, but my father manages me and it was his decision to not release that cut."[1]

The Los Angeles Times stated that "note for note, she matches Prince's intensity with her own hard-edged snap, crackle and pop."[2]

Track listings[edit]

Japan 7" (#07 SP 815)[3]
  1. "Private Joy" – 4:51
  2. "Heart Don't Lie" (7") – 3:29

Cheyne version[edit]

Artist Cheyne recorded a version for the soundtrack of the 1985 film Weird Science.

Track listings[edit]

U.S. 12" vinyl (#MCA-23583)[4]
  1. "Private Joy" (extended version) – 5:30
  2. "Private Joy" (instrumental) – 5:44
  3. "Private Joy" (bonus beats plus bass) – 4:28


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