Pop Life

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Words and music by Prince

"The song Pop Life, from the supurb 1984 release 'Around the World in a Day' release by the then Prince and the Revolution, became a source of great comfort during a particular difficult and tumultuous time in my life. 'What's the matter with your life? Is the poverty bringing you down?' It was powerful to a young and hurting heart. I also really struggled in recording this because he's not here to get permission but I can say with 100% certainly that it is done with all love and reverence. This song, that album, that saved me at times, is so important to me. When I sing this song it still feels like medicine. I am still so eternally grateful."

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What's the matter with your life

Is the poverty bringing you down?

Is the mailman jerking you 'round?

Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
?
Was it a boy when you wanted a girl? (boy when you wanted a girl)

Don't you know straight hair ain't got no curl (no curl)

Life it ain't real funky
Unless it's got that pop, Dig it

Pop life

Everybody needs a thrill

Pop life

We all got a space to fill

Pop life

Everybody can't be on top

But life it ain't real funky

Unless it's got that pop, Dig it

Tell me, what's that underneath your hair?

Is there anybody living there? (anybody living there)

You can't get over, if you say you just don't care (don't care)

Show me a boy who stays in school

And I'll show you a boy aware, Dig it

Pop life

Everybody needs a thrill

Pop life

We all got a space to fill

Pop life

Everybody can't be on top

But life it ain't real funky

Unless it's got that pop, Dig it

credits

from It's Personal, track released November 11, 2018
All vocals: Gail George
All guitars: Jon Kolleeny

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Gail George New York, New York

Genre defying, the songwriting and production of Gail George is the sum of her musical parts. Melodic vocals over chiming guitars. Swirls of synth driven 80s piano and keyboards. A nod to 60s and 70s soulful pop and psychedelic rock all help to create a unique and distinctive but identifiable sound. She’s California pop meets New York grit. With a touch of whimsy and a whole lot of heart. ... more

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