Video: The Holy River

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1997: Somebody’s Somebody Music Videos
Music Videos
(Related Artists)
1997: Face Down
The Holy River

The Holy River music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: 24 March 1997
Producer(s): Information needed
Director: Prince (as ) (assumed)
Related home video/DVD:
First (Commercially) Released: 9 November 2018


Date Institution, Country Award
This music video has not received any awards in the USA

The Holy River is a Prince (as ) video released for broadcast and to promote the single (although the single was released outside the USA two months before the video premiere).

The video was shot on 20 February 1997 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota. Footage of Mayte (wandering, dancing and dressed as an angel) and Prince in his bathroom are from the unreleased 1994 Empty Room video.

The Holy River features the Paisley Park stage painted like waterfall and with "Adam and Eve"-type scenes. The video shows Prince going through some of the struggles that are mentioned in some parts of the song.

Of note, this is the last video in which Prince has the word 'Slave' on his cheek (lifted from the Empty Room video).

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
20 February 1997 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA
  • Prince (as ) - director (assumed)
  • Giogio Scaly – cinematography
  • Steve Parke - still photography
  • More information needed

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Holy river 4:06 Prince streaming video platforms (2018)

Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2018)

before release in 2018 streaming only

Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

Somebody’s Somebody
Music Videos (Prince) Music Videos (Related Artists) 1997
Face Down