Vicki Waiting

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Vicki Waiting

from the album Batman
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 20 June 1989 - Batman album
Album(s): Batman
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
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Vicki Waiting is the fifth track on Prince’s eleventh album Batman (the motion picture soundtrack to the Tim Burton movie Batman). A different version, possibly an instrumental remix, is heard in the background during a scene in Batman. In 2001, a 1995 live version was released as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 2. In 2005, the same live version was included on the Live From Paisley Park download EP.

Although specific recording dates are not known, the track was a reworked version of the track Anna Waiting, for which basic tracking took place in December 1988 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (at around the same time Prince was approached about writing songs for the Batman movie). The song was written for Anna Garcia, and was given to her upon her arrival at Paisley Park on which she says was her eighteenth birthday, 31 December 1988, (although it seems more likely she in fact turned 19 on that day) along with a pink cashmere coat (the song Pink Cashmere had been recorded six months previously). Prince asked Anna Garcia for permission to change the lyrics for use in the Batman movie to fit the lead female character Vicki Vale, and the title and other lyrics were changed in February 1989.

The vocals on the album are credited to a character from the movie, as if Prince is singing on their behalf. Vicki Waiting, like Lemon Crush, is attributed to Bruce Wayne.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
December 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking (as Anna Waiting)
Mid-to-late February 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording, reworking and overdubs (as Vicki Waiting)
Recording Personnel

Studio version

Live version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Vicki Waiting 4:47 Batman Studio
Vicki Waiting (Live) 3:50 NPG Music Club Edition # 2 mp3 download

Live From Paisley Park download EP

Live 22 October 1995 (a.m.): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Anna Waiting Studio Original 1988 track before lyrical and musical changes
Anna Waiting Instr. Studio Instrumental of the above, given to Anna Garcia w/ the original version
Vicki Waiting Extended version
Vicki Waiting Remix Remix heard in background of casino scene in Batman
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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