Video: Thieves In The Temple

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1989: Scandalous! Music Videos
Music Videos
(Related Artists)
1990: New Power Generation
Thieves In The Temple

Thieves In The Temple music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: 27 July 1990
Director: Craig Rice
Related home video/DVD: Graffiti Bridge (SE DVD release)
First (Commercially) Released: 24 August 2004


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

Thieves In The Temple is the thirty-fourth Prince video to have been released for broadcast.

Of note this is the first appearance of Ingrid Chavez in a Prince video.

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
mid February 1990 more information needed
  • Steve Purcell - editor
  • More information needed

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Thieves In The Temple 4:08 Graffiti Bridge (SE DVD release, 2005)

Prince streaming video platforms (2017)

'’short version
Thieves In The Temple (Extended Version) 8:37 Prince streaming video platforms (2017)

Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2017)

long version

Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

Thievesinthetemple single.jpg

  • The extended version of the video has some extra lyrics run over the screen but not sung:
(A thief’s definition)
A. 2 swear allegiance
then back out like a
punt when another
offer comes along
B. 2 speak of loyalty
Only until some bucks
Are placed on the table
Then sucking up to the highest bidder
C. 2criticize 4 the sake of personal gain
or 4 the actual enjoyment of it
D. 2 make lobe like am
animal while swearing
up and down your partner
is the best all the while
thinking of your next conquest
E. 2 speak of a new world
without first knowing
how to fix your own

Music Videos (Prince) Music Videos (Related Artists) 1990
New Power Generation