Nothing Compares 2 U

Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (1990)
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  • It's been seven hours and fifteen days
    Since you took your love away
    I go out every night and sleep all day
    Since you took your love away

    Since you been gone I can do whatever I want
    I can see whomever I choose
    I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
    But nothing
    I said nothing can take away these blues
    'Cause nothing compares
    Nothing compares to you

    It's been so lonely without you here
    Like a bird without a song
    Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
    Tell me, baby, where did I go wrong

    I could put my arms around every boy I see
    But they'd only remind me of you
    I went to the doctor and guess what he told me?
    Guess what he told me?
    He said, "Girl you better try to have fun
    No matter what you do, but he's a fool"
    'Cause nothing compares
    Nothing compares to you

    All the flowers that you planted, mama
    In the back yard
    All died when you went away
    I know that living with you, baby, was sometimes hard
    But I'm willing to give it another try
    Nothing compares
    Nothing compares to you

    Nothing compares
    Nothing compares to you
    Nothing compares
    Nothing compares to you Writer/s: Prince Rogers Nelson
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 31

  • Ricardo from Mexico CityAn Excellent song by Prince. Althoug His versión is no near as good as this one
  • Dino Carantanis from AustriaMy favourite song ever
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrI discovered The Family's version only recently, and Sinead's made a change from "7 hours and 13 days" to "7 hours and 15 days". Anyone ever notice that?
  • Aynge Mackay from Los Angelessinead was as beautiful as she was crazy, shaved head or no. and that was the only song I'd heard her sing until decades later when she showed up on a sessions at west 54th dvd i found. she should have been more grateful to prince, and he never should have hit her.
  • Julie from MinnesotaJust a side note, according to Wikipedia, Paul Petrson never married a Julie.
  • Melinda from AustraliaI disagree with some of the general information supplied by Songfacts, not the commenters, regarding this song. Sinead O’Connor was VERY well known in the UK prior to this song coming out. She burst onto the UK scene 3 years before. She was particularly popular with the gay community because of her daring shaved head. She was really young. And different. But popular across the board. Everyone in the UK at the time (1990)pretty much knew, on 1st hearing that Nothing Compares To U was gonna be a huge hit. It was obvious. And She had a long standing public mutual hate thing goin on with the UK The Sun journalist Piers Morgan at the time. He hated her. I think it was racism on his part. Because she is Irish. Maybe ? but It got funny. Oh + we loved how she cried in the Video.
  • Hannah from Hopkinton, MaI thought Wilson Phillips' "Hold On" was the number one single of 1990 in the US.
  • Eddie from Birmingham UkI have read many attempts to interpret the lyrics of the song. It may well have been a poignant reminder of her Mother, and Ms O'Connor delivers a truly moving rendition, but the idea that Prince was inspired by personal grief and loss does not tally with his style or poetry. Also, whilst there is a little credence to the 'smoking' angle, the tone of the prose suggests something more human and intimate. Of course, the references may well be simplistic and overt, but when Prince communicates so it is clear and unequivocal.

    I draw your attention to a verse from, 'Sign of the Times.' 'Last September my cousin tried reefer for the very first time. Now he's doing horse - It's June.' This is a clear reference to the progression from Marijuana to Heroin.

    'Nothing compares to you' is, in my opinion, more sophisticated. For example, 'l know that living with you baby was sometimes hard, but I'm willing to give it another try.' And, 'All the flowers that you planted, mama, in the back yard. All died when you went away.' Sinead replaced 'sugar' with 'mama.' Flowers are symbolic of young death. Looking through this prism, it's entirely sensible that Prince was exploring the impact of abortion on 'Rosie.' One of the main arguments for is the constraints an unwanted birth place on girl/woman. The remainder of the song falls into this reading.

    Prince, wisely, leaves both the perspective and the decision with 'Rosie.' Even with Ms O'Connor's tinkering, the lyrics still conform to a girl/woman attempting to come to terms with a termination.

    Open to discussion.

  • Tash from IrelandI was a teenager in Russia. We didn't understand what was she singing about, we were just mesmerized by her beauty, the expressions of her face, her voice and the music. She was awesome, we couldn't take our eyes off her.
  • Mel from UkPrice originally recorded this with a group called The Family.
  • Jacob from Phoenix, AzThe rare original version by the Family I accidentally found:
  • Lou from Omaha, NeI agree with Carrie. I haven't seen the video of this song for many years and watching it, I was just memorized by her face. This video, hair cut and all, really does make her look stunningly beautiful.
  • Alistair from Daventry, United KingdomAs A personal view, I think that if, as I did, you know the song first and for a long time inSinead's version, prince's version is really a very big let down. hard for it not to be as nothing compares to what U know and hear first if it's simply superb.
  • Pjironed from Dublin, IrelandWhile Sinead claims the moment where she cried just happened the director of the video said she was great actress. He claimed she cried on queue more than once during the shoot. I know who I'd beleive
  • Carrie from Roanoke, VaIf she didn't want to be noticed for her beauty, then she failed miserably. If anything, her stunning features were more noticeable when she cut her hair.
  • Billy from West Unity, Ohthere are times when ther's a remake of a song. Although I'm not a big fan of Sinead Oconnor, I think her version captures the very essence of the song. Prince's version ( i mean he wrote and recorded it) lacks the emotion Sinead put into her version.
  • Stu from Philly, PaWhile the Sinead version is truly beautiful, I get more meaning out of the one Prince recorded with Rosie Gaines - as a duet, you're seeing both sides of a couple struggling with each other's flaws. Best line, "I know that living with *me* baby is sometimes hard," showing you know that you share the blame in what went down. In Sinead's version, it's changed to "I know that living with *you* baby is sometimes hard," which while poignant, isn't as deep IMO as being able to admit you miss the other person, AND you're to blame.

    Still, both versions bring a tear to my eye.
  • Jan from Ossendrecht, Netherlandsit was first sung by a male, so originally the 'mama' adressed to the lost girlfriend.

    jan, holland
  • Kristin from Bessemer, AlIts hard to believe that she butchered her own career with an appearance on "Saturday Night Live", when she sang an a cappella song, then ripped up a picture of the Pope at the end. Her career had never been the same-
  • Bertrand from Paris, FranceIt's difficult to remember now the image of Sinead O'Connor prior to the controversial television appearances that nearly brought down her career, but few pop performers have put together more powerful heart-stopping performances than this. The song itself, written by Prince, is outstanding, but Sinead's emotional, gutsy performance made it a classic. Painful loss meets stunning vocal beauty with a perfectly understated instrumental arrangement.

  • Daniel from Truro, Englandcaitlyn, the lyrics "All the flowers that you planted mama, in the backyard, All died when you went away," relate to her mothers life; the flowers represented her life and when she died they went away. they were an image of her mother because she planted them. atleast thats what i think.

    Dan, Cornwall, England
  • Dana from Charlotte, NcSinead shaved her hair in response to the record company telling her to grow it longer to be more appealing.
  • Matthew from Dalton, PaCaitlyn, Sinead sang that lyric and was crying in the video because she was thinking of her dead mother.
  • Angel from Somewhere In, AzHa ha! I can see you're point, Harriet.
  • Harriet from Birmingham, EnglandThis song is clearly about giving up smoking. Listen to the lyrics and you will see what I am talking about...
  • Matthew from East Brunswick, NjExcellent song. Sing along will ya?
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScWhat a song. Blew me away when I first heard it.beautiful
  • Xavier from Melbourne, AustraliaIts such a understandable lyric, even considering its loose metaphors. Read between the lines. - Also, your address is not 'Brooklyn and Long Island'. I don't say I'm from Australia and the world.
  • Alex from New Orleans, LaIt might mean that the memories of her mother are nearly gone.
  • Caitlyn from Brooklyn And Long Island Ny, United Statesthese lyrics dont make sense at the end. "All the flowers that you planted mama, in the backyard,
    All died when you went away," Whats with that?
  • Brad Wind from Miami, FlSong was originally recorded by The Family, a group on Prince's Paisley Park label. The single and the LP that contained it sank without a trace.
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