1000 Light Years From Here

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1000 Light Years From Here

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from the album Hitnrun Phase Two
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from the album Welcome 2 America
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 12 December 2015 - Hitnrun Phase Two album
Album(s): Hitnrun Phase Two

Welcome 2 America

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince (It was never played live as a part of Black Muse).
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

1000 Light Years From Here is a song originally recorded March 2010, in sessions that yielded material for the Welcome 2 America album.

While that album remained unreleased at the time, Prince updated the song at a later date by adding horns to it. And although it didn’t get a release under its own name it was used as unlisted coda attached to Black Muse, the tenth track on Hitnrun Phase Two; The last 3:05 minutes of Black Muse on that album are in fact 1000 Light Years From Here. It is unknown why Prince chose to sequence this song and Black Muse as one track.

The initial version of the track with entirely different lyrics and arrangement was released as the fourth song of the tenth posthumous album Welcome 2 America (the first full previously-unreleased studio album of Prince material) in July 2021, 10 years after its original conception.

The song was recorded on 11 March 2010, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (on the same day as Same Page, Different Book). It was worked further on 19 March 2010, but likely not yet merged with Black Muse (which is listed on the same tape, along with a song called seemingly called Wud), at that time. The pairing of 1000 Light Years From Here with Black Muse was likely done in 2015, preparing it for release on Hitnrun Phase Two.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
11 March 2010 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
March - April 2010 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs
10 October 2010 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Possible additional work or re-recording
2015 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Horns and merging with Black Muse
Recording Personnel

Hitnrun Phase Two version


Welcome 2 America version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Black Muse 7:21 Hitnrun Phase Two album Studio 1000 Light Years From Here appears unlisted as the last 3:05 minutes of Black Muse
1000 Light Years From Here 5:46 Welcome 2 America
Studio Different verses and arrangements



 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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