Screwdriver

Album: HITNRUN Phase Two (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Centering around the spell-checked chorus "I'm ur driver, ur my screw," this double entendre slice of power pop is unlike anything else in Prince's catalog. The song was the first he made available to feature his new all-female backing band, which comprised Donna Grantis on guitar, Ida Nielsen on bass, and Hannah Ford Welton on drums. It was posted online via Prince's official site in the form of a lyric video on January 22, 2013.

    During an interview with Minneapolis' The Current, it was revealed that Prince recruited Ida Nielsen via MySpace.
  • Want to watch the entire eight-minute video? The only way it seems is to pay $1.77 and then download the entire movie file from Prince's home page. Why $1.77? The Bible is littered with 7s and states that it is the Divine number. Prince has displayed an affinity for numerology in the past and the mysterious numbers he slots into his material are thought to be coded biblical references. He has form for using sevens - shows priced at $77, naming an album 3121, (which adds up to 7), and launching his own fragrance at his Purple Will Reign charity concert on 7.7.07.
  • The song was reworked by Prince for inclusion on his 2015 album, HITNRUN Phase Two.

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