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
RecordedJuly 1983
at The Record Plant
(New York City, New York)
Producer(s)Rick Chertoff
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"I'll Kiss You"
"When You Were Mine"
"The Goonies 'R' Good Enough"

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"


Chart (1985) Peak
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.


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

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