There Is Lonely

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There Is Lonely

from the album The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 24 August 1999 - The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale album
Album(s): The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale
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
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

There Is Lonely is the seventh track on Prince’s 22nd album The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in mid-April 1992 at Platinum Studios, Melbourne, Australia (while also on the Diamonds And Pearls Tour, during the same set of sessions as Don’t Talk 2 Strangers, The Rest Of My Life, Poor Little Bastard, Be My Mirror, Wow and re-recordings of Make Believe and I’ll Do Anything). The song was written specifically for the James L. Brooks movie I'll Do Anything.

The track was re-recorded by actor Albert Brooks with unknown musicians during a session produced by Don Was, and was included in a rough cut of the movie. This version was included as the fourth track on a planned I’ll Do Anything album. While Prince was not directly involved in this version, it is included in the listing here as his own version was intended as a demo for the soundtrack version. When preview audience reactions to the music were overwhelmingly negative, all production numbers from the film were cut, and the album was abandoned. No further changes were made to Prince’s original version before its release.
The lyrics refer to the Old Testament Biblical story of Cain and Abel, including the first instance of murder in the world, as told in Genesis 4.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-April 1992 Platinum Studios,
Melbourne, Australia
Mid-late 1992 - 1993 Studio information needed Additional recording (I’ll Do Anything movie version, no Prince input)
Recording Personnel

Prince version

I’ll Do Anything soundtrack version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
There Is Lonely 2:29 The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
There Is Lonely Studio I’ll Do Anything movie version with Albert Brooks vocals
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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