How Prince Lost His Virginity at the ‘Schoolyard': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
To celebrate the incredibly prolific, influential and diverse body of work left behind by Prince, we will be exploring a different song of his each day for an entire year with the series 365 Prince Songs in a Year.
As impossible as it is to believe, apparently Prince was once a virgin.
He tells the tale of his first sexual encounter in an unreleased 1990 song entitled "Schoolyard," which at one point was slated for inclusion on his next album, Diamonds and Pearls. Around that time Prince told Rolling Stone the lyrics were about "the first time I got any... I think that's something everybody can relate to."
Over a catchy funk-rock grove reportedly provided by an early version of the New Power Generation, a 16-year-old Prince hooks up with a girl two years younger - "she was only 14, but she had the major body, yeah, this girl was mean."
After the couple breaks the ice by dancing to Tower of Power's 1974 instrumental gem "Squib Cakes," Prince's date takes a hit from a joint. At first this causes our young hero to wonder if he chose the wrong cologne for the occasion. But his fears are quickly allayed: "Before I knew it, Carrie was seein' double / That's when me and her got into trouble / So much 4 the dance / I started takin' off Carrie's pants."
Of course, it's entirely possible Prince took some creative liberties with the story portrayed in "Schoolyard," perhaps changing the names and details of the day he first became a man or popped his cherry or however you'd want to describe it. Heck, maybe he made it up out of whole cloth. But if he did it sure wasn't to make himself out to be some kind of sexual prodigy, judging from his "One stroke and I was gone" confession.
As was frequently his way back then, Prince also felt compelled to describe the physical sensations he experienced during this magical moment in extremely graphic detail - you know you're headed for trouble if he, of all people, says, "Close your ears if U ain't got a nasty heart."
So it's likely "Schoolyard" would have earned Diamonds and Pearls a Parental Warning label. "I don't mind that," Prince said of the then-controversial stickers. "I think parents have a right to know what their children are listening to."
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