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Strange Relationship (Prince song)

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"Strange Relationship (Live)"
Single by Prince
ReleasedMarch 26, 2005
RecordedMarch 21, 1987, First Avenue, Minneapolis
Length4:41, 4:02 ("Sign “☮” the Times" version)
Prince singles chronology
"Live from Paisley Park"
"Strange Relationship (Live)"
"Glass Cutter"

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"Strange Relationship" is a song from American musician Prince's 1987 double album, Sign o' the Times. A live performance of the song was released as a digital single, made available on Prince's website on March 26, 2005.

"Strange Relationship" has a long history. The song was first recorded by Prince in 1983, during a highly prolific period in Prince's recording career, but remained in his vault for several years. A demo version was released on Piano and a Microphone 1983 in 2018.[1] The song was reworked in 1985 with input by Wendy & Lisa, giving it an unusual Indian sound, and was slated for the Dream Factory project in 1986. After the disbanding of The Revolution, the Dream Factory project was shelved, but Prince retained "Strange Relationship" and reworked it once again for his Camille album. Camille was canceled, but most of the tracks, including "Strange Relationship", were absorbed into a 3-LP opus called Crystal Ball, due for a late 1986 release. Warner Bros. Records forced Prince to trim the album from three to two LPs which became Sign “☮” the Times, and "Strange Relationship" finally saw an official release. The released version dropped most of the Eastern influence, placing the sitar and wood flute deep into the mix.


  1. Reed, Ryan (2018-09-13). "Hear Prince's Piano Demo of Previously Unheard Song 'Why the Butterflies'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-02-01. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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