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Item 2707 - Prince Handwritten Lyrics for 'Go' Catalog 530 (Jul 2018)

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Sold Price: $9,200.98 (includes buyer's premium)


Prince's handwritten lyrics for the unreleased song “Go” in purple ink, one page, 7.75 x 10.5, signed in the upper right with a pseudonym, “by Percy Bagonia.” The song begins: “Intro, If u really wanna go / I don't really wanna know / What I really mean 2 u. / I'd rather u just walk out the door & go. / …One thing baby I just can't understand / Why'd you wanna take your love & give it 2 another man / baby just go, (go) Go (go) Go (go) and leave me alone / with this broken heart, we've blown the art of romance / ain't it sad (solo).” In fine condition, with a tiny stain and paper loss to upper right corner top. From the collection of singer-songwriter Susannah Melvoin, an extended member of the Revolution during the Parade era, who shared a long-term working musical relationship with and was engaged to Prince during the 80s. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Susannah Melvoin.

Prince recorded "Go" with Revolution bandmates Wendy Melvoin (Susannah Melvoin's twin sister) and Lisa Coleman in early August 1985. Despite dedicating much time and effort to the recording, the track remains in the vault and unreleased to this day. Prince's playful attribution of the lyrics to "Percy Bagonia" is especially noteworthy, as he took on various stage names and alter egos throughout his career—others included Jamie Starr, Joey Coco, Alexander Nevermind, and Camille. An outstanding example of Prince's handwritten lyrics for an unreleased song. From the Susannah Melvoin Prince Collection.

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