Strange Relationship (3:40)

Cover of Sign O' The Times

From Sign O' The Times and 23 other releases

“Strange Relationship” is a song from Prince’s 1987 double album, Sign o’ the Times. A live performance of the song was released as a digital single, made available on Prince’s website on 26 March 2005.

“Strange Relationship” has a long history. The song was actually recorded by Prince in 1982, during a highly prolific period in Prince’s recording career, but remained in the vault for several years. The song was reworked in 1985 with input by Wendy and Lisa, giving it an unusual Indian sound, and was slated for the ill-fated 1986 Dream Factory project. After the disbanding of The Revolution, the Dream Factory project was shelved, but Prince retained “Strange Relationship” and reworked it once again for his Camille album. Camille was canceled, but most of the tracks, including “Strange Relationship” were absorbed into a 3-LP opus called Crystal Ball, due for a late 1986 release. Warner Bros. forced Prince to trim the album from 3 to 2 LPs which became Sign o’ the Times, and “Strange Relationship” finally saw an official release. The released version dropped most of the Eastern influence, placing the sitar and wood flute deep into the mix.


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I guess you know me well, I don't like winter
But I seem to get a kick out of doing you cold
Oh, what the hell, you always surrender
What's this strange relationship that we hold on to?

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  • SirPsychoFlea

    Oh Rhonda.... that One Nite Alone version...

    18 Jul 7:06pm Reply
  • jinglynnbabee

    Prince a dick because you can't discern the sound of a sitar in a song????? Really? Prince is the best because he has a sitar in his song :O)

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    It's easier to hear in the outro, right before the 4 minute mark.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Crispy: Yup, it's still there, you just have to turn it up ridiculously loud to hear it because Prince is a dick. Still, I never thought toxic dependency could be so catchy.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    Baby, I just can't stand to see you happy, more than that I hate to see you sad.

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • staby

    Do I sound old that I have seen him in the 80's and 90's? Ah, he has being an inspiration to me! I don't care! I'm sure his songs will live and be relevant to all!

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • strutterf

    one the best midget musician [2]

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap


    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • CrispyDragons

    Can anyone hear the sitar in this song?

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • mikesmusic107

    The whole DVD is brilliant!

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • lioness28213

    I have not heard this song in sooooo long! Thank you for playing this great jam by my man PRINCE ~ the BADDEST man in entertainment!!!!

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • megatron_bison

    If Raspberry Beret wasn't my fav song of all time this would be my fav. Prince song of all time- every incarnation kicks ass- the Dream Factory one, Sign o' the Times one, the Livesexy Piano version and the funky version from One Night Alone.

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • silentmcbob

    Surely one of the little man's best ever songs, this. [4]

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Sparkle7280

    "Baby, I just can't stand to see you happy, but more than that, I hate to see you sad" My favorite from "SOTT"

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • konfabulacja

    Surely one of the little man's best ever songs, this. [3] but the version has here as a sample is not the greatest one ;)

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ShadyAdy

    Surely one of the little man's best ever songs, this.

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Buelah

    Possibly my favorite Prince song. Brilliant!

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
  • SoulStar29


    17 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TonyGoodsmokes

    Baby if you let me, I just might do something rash. What's this strange relationship-ship-ship.

    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ButtaFlysuite74

    TGS can't stand u happy...more than I hate 2 c u said.

    14 Aug 2009 Reply
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