If I Was Your Girlfriend

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About If I Was Your Girlfriend

"If I Was Your Girlfriend" was the second single from American musician Prince's 1987 double album Sign o' the Times. The song was a hit in the United Kingdom but was only a minor hit in America. It was originally from the Camille project of 1986, which was to be released under the guise of Prince's alter ego named Camille. The song is delivered from an androgynous male perspective to a woman, wherein Prince explores the possibilities of a more intimate relationship if he were his lover's platonic girlfriend. Trouser Press names the song as one of the album's highlights, noting that it "redefines a relationship in a surprisingly mature way." It is believed that "If I Was Your Girlfriend" deals with the jealousy Prince felt at the close bond shared between then girlfriend/fiancée Susannah Melvoin with her twin sister Wendy. Musically, the song features Prince's pitched-up, androgynous vocals over a sparse bass and drum machine pattern, punctuated by a keyboard line. The opening seconds include a sound collage that includes an orchestra tuning up, a salesman and a sample of Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March". According to engineer Susan Rogers, a rare technical error on her part led to distortion—albeit only on certain words. As recounted in Alex Hahn's book Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince, Rogers thought Prince "was going to rip my head off" for the mistake. Yet, after hearing the playback, Prince loved the effect, which is featured on the released version. 


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1993
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Look at the bargains over here, ladies

Ooh, oh
Ooh, hoo, oh yeah
Ooh, hoo
If I was your girlfriend, would you remember 
To tell me all the things you forgot when I was your man? 
Hey hey, when I was your man 

If I was your best friend, would you let me 
Take care of you and do all the things that only a best friend can? 
Oh, only best friends can 

If I was your girlfriend 
Ooh, hoo, ho ooh
If I was your girlfriend 

If I was your girlfriend, would you let me dress you 
I mean, help you pick out your clothes before we go out? 
Not that you're helpless 
But sometime, sometime those are the things that bein' in love's about 

If I was your one and only friend 
Would you run to me if somebody hurt you even if that somebody was me, yeah 
Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be, please 

If I was your girlfriend 
Ooh, hoo, hoo
If I was your girlfriend 

Would you let me wash your hair? 
Could I make you breakfast sometime? 
Well then, could we just hang out 
I mean, could we go to a movie and cry together? 
'Cause to me baby, that would be so fine (that would be so fine), ooh

(If I was your girlfriend) 
Baby, can I dress you 
I mean, help you pick out your clothes before we go out? (if I was your girlfriend)
Listen girl, I ain't sayin you're helpless 
But sometime, sometime those are the things that bein' in love's about 

Sugar
Sugar, do you know what I'm saying to you this evening? (If I was your girlfriend)
Maybe you think I'm being a little self-centered 
But I, I said I want to be all of the things you are to me (if I was your girlfriend)
Surely, surely you can see 

Is it really necessary for me to go out of the room 
Just because you want to undress? 
We don't have to make children to make love 

And we don't have to make love to have an orgasm 
Your body's what I'm all about 
Can I see it? 
I'll show you 
Why not? 

You can do it because I'm your friend 
I'd do it for you 
Of course I'd undress in front of you 
And when I'm naked, what shall I do? 

How can I make you see that it's cool? 
Can't you just trust me? 
If I was your girlfriend, you could 
Oh yeah, I think so 

Listen, for you naked I would dance a ballet 
Would that get you off? 
Tell me what will 
If I was your girlfriend, would you tell me? 

Would you let me see you naked then? 
Would you let me give you a bath? 
Would you let me tickle you so hard you'd laugh and laugh 

And would you, would you let me kiss you there 
You know, down there where it counts 
I'll do it so good, I swear I'll drink every ounce 
And then I'll hold you tight and hold you long 
And together we'll stare into silence 

And we'll try to imagine what it looks like 
Yeah, we'll try to imagine what, what silence looks like 
Yeah, we'll, we'll try to imagine what silence looks like 
Yeah, we'll try

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Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States), known by his mononym Prince, is an US- American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He has written several hundred songs and produces and records his own music for his own music label. Prince has a wide vocal range and is known for his flamboyant stage presence and costumes. His releases have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year he was eligible. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince No. 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. … more »

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