The Line

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The Line

Song details
Performer: Prince (assumed)
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

The Line is an unreleased song recorded on 22 December 1987 (six days after Dance On, during a stretch of sessions focused on the Lovesexy album). It was written in response to a poem by Ingrid Chavez which Prince had recorded with her earlier in the month, entitled Cross The Line. The Line was included on an early version of the album, compiled on 21 January 1988, but was omitted from an acetate made on 27 January 1987.

The song includes a chanted portion used in live shows since early 1987, "People, people. I've got a brand new dance", which mentions Housequake. The track ends with Boni Boyer singing lyrics from Take My Hand, Precious Lord. A scream by Boni Boyer from this track was later used in the opening seconds of Acknowledge Me (credited incorrectly to "Bonni Boyer"), with the liner notes stating that The Line was "2 b released at a later date". The song remains unreleased, however.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
22 December 1987 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
16 January 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal and horn overdubs
Recording Personnel

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Line Studio Recorded 22 December 1987; before percussion, horns and chanted overdubs
The Line Studio Final version after percussion, horns and chanted overdubs

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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