|Song by Prince from the album Controversy|
|Released||July 16, 1982|
|Format||7" promo single|
|A-side||"Do Me, Baby"|
|Controversy track listing|
"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.
- "Do Me, Baby" (edit) – 3:57
- "Private Joy" – 4:25
|Single by La Toya Jackson|
|from the album Heart Don't Lie|
|Released||June 24, 1984|
|Genre||Pop, R&B, soul, dance|
|Label||CBS, Sony Records|
|La Toya Jackson singles chronology|
La Toya Jackson version
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."
- Japan 7" (#07 SP 815)
- "Private Joy" – 4:51
- "Heart Don't Lie" (7") – 3:29
Artist Cheyne recorded a version for the soundtrack of the 1985 film Weird Science.
- U.S. 12" vinyl (#MCA-23583)
- "Private Joy" (extended version) – 5:30
- "Private Joy" (instrumental) – 5:44
- "Private Joy" (bonus beats plus bass) – 4:28