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The Prince - Lyrics and Information


Song Lyrics:

Buster he sold the heat
With a rocksteady beat

An earthquake is erupting
But not in Orange Street
A ghost dance is preparing
You got to help us with your feet

If you're not in the mood to dance
Step back grab yourself a seat
This may not be uptown Jamaica
But we promise you a treat

Buster bowl me over
With your bogus dance
Shuffle me off my feet
Even if I kept on running
I'd never get to Orange Street

So I say there's not much left to say
For the man who set the beat
So I leave it up to you out there
To get him back on his feet

Buster bowl me over
With your bogus dance
Shuffle me off my feet
Even if I kept on on running
I'd never get to Orange Street

Bring back the... who is the... we want the...

Song Information:

It was written by Lee Thompson, and was the band's first single. On August 10, 1979, the single was released through 2 Tone Records and peaked at number 16 in the UK singles chart, spending a total of 11 weeks in the charts.

"The Prince" is a tribute to Jamaican ska singer Prince Buster who highly influenced Madness (the band took their name from one of his songs, "Madness", which they also covered on the b-side of "The Prince").

The song was initially recorded on 16 June 1979 at the Pathway Studio, Highbury. The track was then remixed on 9 July of the same year, along with the single's B-Side, "Madness".
The remix was in order to remove the hum from Thompson's saxophone solo. However, Mike Barson showed displeasure at the mix of "Madness".

The song was rerecorded later that year for the One Step Beyond... album. As well as having a distinctively clearer sound, the song had a slight change in lyrics. Furthermore, the song was recorded at a John Peel session, and the recording was preferred by Barson to the single version.