The Prince Who Wanted Everything

Album: Black Album (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • This jaunty glam song about the wages of stardom comes with multiple allusions to the actual Prince.

    Once upon a time, there was a prince
    He tried to save the world with funk rock riffs


    Rivers Cuomo told Entertainment Weekly that he didn't set out to write a song about The Purple One, however as he was working on the track and listening to it every day, he "just couldn't help but be reminded of him and his story."

    Cuomo added that he has been a big Prince fan from around the age of 20, and he "just started tweaking the lyrics to make some Prince references."
  • English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley's 1818 sonnet Ozymandias is about how the legacies of rulers with their pretensions to greatness are fated to fade into oblivion. Cuomo told Entertainment Weekly that he was thinking about that poem when he wrote this song.

    "I probably read that in ninth grade," he said. "I think it's been a recurring theme in Weezer, from album one: the pointlessness and vanity of creative effort, in my case. Everything will be forgotten."

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