Cinnamon Girl


About Cinnamon Girl

"Cinnamon Girl" is a song by Prince, from his 2004 album Musicology. The single has been released in several formats. On September 6, 2004, the European CD single was released with four tracks: "Cinnamon Girl" (Album version), "Dear Mr. Man" (live at Webster Hall) "United States of Division" (which had been available only as a download) and an MPEG video of the "Dear Mr. Man" performance. Two weeks later, a similar single was released, but without the video. In November of the same year, Prince's NPG Music Club online retail store sold an Enhanced CD including the audio track, its music video, the lyrics and a five-minute segment of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Despite not charting in the US, the single nearly cracked the Top 40 of the UK, reaching number 43. 


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As war drums beat in Babylon 
Cinnamon girl starts to pray 
I've never heard a prayer like this 1 
Never before that day 

Tearful words of love for people she had never met before 
Asking God to grant them mercy in this face of a holy war 

Cinnamon Girl 

Cinnamon Girl of mixed heritage 
Never knew the meaning of color lines 
Nine one one turned that all around 
When she got accused of this crime 

So began the mass illusion, war on terror alibi 
What's the use when the god of confusion keeps on telling the same lie? 

Cinnamon Girl 

Don't cry, don't shed no tears 
1 night won't make us feel 
Cause we know how this movie's ending 

Cinnamon Girl 

As war drums beat in Babylon 
And scorch the blood red sky 
Militants bomb the foreign gun 
Both sides truly die 

Cinnamon girl opens the book she knows will settle all the scores 
Then she prays after the war that there will not be anymore 

Cinnamon Girl

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Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958 - found dead in his home April 21, 2016. He died of an accidental overdose of the drug fentanyl), was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Known by his mononym Prince, he was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He wrote several hundred songs plus produced and recorded his own music for his own music label. Prince had a wide vocal range and was known for his flamboyant stage presence and costumes. His releases sold over 100 million copies worldwide. He 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. Ro… more »

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Written by: Prince Rogers Nelson

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10 facts about this song

Release Date
"Cinnamon Girl" was released on September 28, 2004, as the second single from Prince’s 2004 album "Musicology".
The song falls under the genre of Pop-Rock, showcasing an appealing mix of Prince’s distinctive sound elements.
Chart Ranking
"Cinnamon Girl" secured the No. 43 spot on the UK Singles Chart and was more successful in Italy where it reached No. 9.
Controversial Video
The music video for "Cinnamon Girl" ignited controversy because it depicted a Middle Eastern girl facing racism and prejudice in a post-9/11 America.
Celebrity Influences
Renowned drummer, John Blackwell, known for his contributions to the jazz music industry, played drums in the song.
Although it did not rank high on mainstream charts, "Cinnamon Girl" still won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video in 2005.
Connection to Literature
The song title is possibly influenced by the 1969 song "Cinnamon Girl" by Neil Young. Some fans theorize that it may also have connections to the eponymous character from the novel "Vineland" by Thomas Pynchon.
The song provides a social commentary, lyrically exploring the experience and treatment of people of color, especially Middle Eastern individuals, in post-9/11 America.
Album Recognition
"Musicology", the album featuring "Cinnamon Girl", brought Prince back into the mainstream realm. It received two Grammy Awards in 2005.
Notable Appearance in Media
An edited variation of "Cinnamon Girl" was included in "The Chocolate Invasion", one of the two online compilation albums by Prince that was initially available on the NPG Music Club, before being sold on iTune.

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