When You Were Mine (Prince song)

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"When You Were Mine" is a song written and released by Prince on his 1980 album, Dirty Mind.[1] Though not released as a single, the song received a promotional 12" release (which included "Gotta Broken Heart Again" and "Uptown"). "When You Were Mine" was later the B-side for Prince's "Controversy" single in 1981.

Prince has performed the song many times in concert, and a live version was included on his 2002 live album, One Nite Alone... Live!. The original studio version was also included on The Hits/The B-Sides in 1993. Prince said he was inspired to write the rock song while listening to John Lennon. The track includes a Farfisa-inspired organ sound played on an Oberheim OB-X.

Cyndi Lauper version[edit]

"When You Were Mine"
Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album She's So Unusual
B-side"I'll Kiss You"
ReleasedJanuary 31, 1985
FormatVinyl
(7")
RecordedJuly 1983
at The Record Plant
(New York City, New York)
GenreSynthpop
Length5:06
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Prince
Producer(s)Rick Chertoff
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"I'll Kiss You"
(1984)
"When You Were Mine"
(1985)
"The Goonies 'R' Good Enough"
(1985)

Cyndi Lauper's mid-tempo ballad cover version of "When You Were Mine" is also synthesizer-based for her 1983 debut album, She's So Unusual.[1] Lauper recorded the song with the original lyrics, preserving the male perspective. She performed the single at the 1985 American Music Awards. It was released exclusively as a promotional single in the United States and received a commercial release in Canada and Japan.

Track listing[edit]

  • Canada 7"
  • A. "When You Were Mine" (Single Version) – 4:00
  • B. "Yeah Yeah" – 3:17
  • Japan 7"
  • A. "When You Were Mine"
  • B. "I'll Kiss You"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart 62

Mitch Ryder version[edit]

In 1983, Mitch Ryder released a cover of "When You Were Mine" as a single. It was also a track on his album Never Kick a Sleeping Dog. The single featured production work by John Mellencamp and was released on his record label, Riva Records. It charted on the Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed] The video starred Kitten Natividad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Prince Dead at 57". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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