This double-entendre filled song is about a sexual encounter with a German girl. The lyrical content, though tame compared with some of his older raunchy tunes, might raise a few eyebrows due to Prince's commitment to the Jehovah's Witness faith. He told The Los Angeles Times January 8, 2009 that his studies of the some of more amorous characters in the Old Testament had influenced his thinking. Prince explained: "I've studied Solomon and David now. In biblical times sex was always beautiful. You come to understand that, and then you try to find a woman who can experience that with you."
The song title is also mentioned in Prince's "3121": "Bounce party y'all. It's going down people - Like the wall of Berlin." The actual Berlin Wall divided Germany's East and West Berlin until its fall in 1989.
The chorus of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir" in "Lady Marmalade" is French for "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?" When Labelle performed it on television, they had to change it to "Voulez-vous danser avec moi ce soir" (Do you want to dance with me tonight?).
"Pretty In Pink" by Psychedelic Furs was released in 1981. Five years later, it inspired a movie of the same name starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer. The song was remixed for the re-release to have more Pop appeal.