The Arms of Orion

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"The Arms of Orion"
Prince orion.jpg
US 7" single
Single by Prince with Sheena Easton
from the album Batman
B-side "I Love U in Me"
Released October 16, 1989
Format 7-inch single
12-inch single
CD single
Recorded January 25, 1989
Studio Paisley Park
Genre Pop, orchestral
Length 7-inch edit: 3:52
Album/12-inch: 5:03
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
  • Sheena Easton
  • Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince with Sheena Easton singles chronology
"Partyman"
(1989)
"The Arms of Orion"
(1989)
"Scandalous!"
(1989)
Prince (UK) singles chronology
"Partyman"
(1989) Partyman1989
"The Arms of Orion"
(1989) The Arms of Orion1989
"Thieves in the Temple"
(1990) Thieves in the Temple1990

"The Arms of Orion" is a slow, romantic duet written and performed by Sheena Easton and Prince from the 1989 Batman soundtrack, the album's third single.

"The Arms of Orion" is a ballad that is accompanied mainly by the piano. Synthesizers also play a strong role throughout the song, programmed to emulate a string section. The track also uses a subdued drum machine loop, and samples of rain and thunder. The lyrics allude to the constellation of Orion. Prince had to surrender all publishing rights to the songs on the Batman album including "The Arms of Orion" to Warner Bros. as part of the deal to compose, perform, and produce the soundtrack.

Track listings[edit]

7-inch single

  1. "The Arms of Orion" (edit) – 3:52
  2. "I Love U in Me" – 4:12

12-inch single

  1. "The Arms of Orion" – 5:03
  2. "I Love U in Me" – 4:12
  3. "The Arms of Orion" (edit) – 3:52

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australia (Australian Music Report)[1] 88
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 33
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 13
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 44
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 27
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 239. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Prince & Sheena Easton – The Arms of Orion" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Prince & Sheena Easton – The Arms of Orion" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "Charts.nz – Prince & Sheena Easton – The Arms of Orion". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Prince: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Prince Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2016.