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from the album 20Ten
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 10 July 2010 - 20Ten album
Album(s): 20Ten
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Laydown is the uncredited 77th and final track on Prince’s 35th album 20Ten (Everybody Loves Me, the album’s ninth track, is the album’s final credited track, with tracks 10-76 silent tracks).

The title is written in lighter text on the back cover of the CD packaging.

On 6 January 2013 a 5:54 extended mix of the song was streamed on 3rd Eye Girl YouTube channel.

A tape photographed in Paisley Park Studios lists it as 25 November 2009, together with Sea Of Everything, Act Of God and a song apparently titled Glas O’ Cola, alluding the exact date for the recording at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The song’s lyrics contain Prince referring to himself as "the purple Yoda", a reference to Star Wars character Yoda, believed to be the only reference to the popular movie franchise in Prince’s lyrics (Sign O’ The Times uses the phrase "Star Wars", but this likely refers to the US Strategic Defense Initiative nicknamed Star Wars).

Following Prince’s performance of the song on Lopez Tonight, his performance was intercut with footage from the NBA Playoffs and included in a few different commercials for the playoffs which were broadcast during games in May and June 2011.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
25 November 2009 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
2010 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Additional mix creating Laydown Xtended
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Laydown 3:07 20Ten Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Laydown 1:43 Commercial Promo video Combined NBA TV Playoffs commercial with sound & images of Prince performing Laydown in the Lopez Tonight Show to promote both the TNT airing of the playoffs and the TwentyOne Nite Stand in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Laydown 3:40 Delayed performance TV broadcast Live 13 April 2011 (matinee), Lopez Tonight, Warner Bros. Studios - Stage 29, Burbank, CA, USA
Laydown Xtended 5:54 3rd Eye Girl YouTube Stream Remix Streamed on 6 Jan. 2013 on 3rd Eye Girl YouTube channel

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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