Computer Blue – outtakes complete with the “Hallway Speech” and the basis of “Father’s Song” (rare, unreleased)

It’s rumored that there are 5 unreleased versions of this track in bootleg circulation, supposedly edited down from the original conception of a 14 minute opus.  The outtake I’m posting today clocks in at just over 12 minutes, complete with the 2nd verse and the coveted “Hallway Speech” neither of which were included in album.

I won’t attempt to interpret the meaning of the song as Prince was definitely in rare form when creating what many hardcore Prince Fam refer to as “a musical masterpiece”.

The lyrics are, in a word: Spellbinding.

I dare not delve deeper into the labyrinth of Prince’s psyche here, as face value is enough to render this piece a jewel amongst the vast treasure which is Prince’s vault.

Click HERE for complete lyrics

St. Louis Park warehouse recording

As for the basis of “Father’s Song”…

Obviously written by Prince (in its totality), the album/soundtrack composition credit for this track was given to his father; John L. Nelson for the chord sequence based upon an untitled piano piece he had written.  Prince recorded the piece on piano and a glimpse of it actually made it to the movie, during the scene as being played by the actor portraying his father, Clarence Williams III.

I’ve discovered (2) short versions of this composition which Prince appropriately entitled “Father’s Song”.  My hope is that Prince will one day further explore this melody and release it in the memory of the late Mr. Nelson.

*As with most outtakes, the tracks are not fully mastered and as a result, the dubbing is less than perfect.  The music itself  however remains without blemish.

I hope you’ll enjoy this post at and share with your Purple Fam with both-

Peace and Love2tha9s..

Fathers Song by GENXR72

Father’s Song v2 outtake (snippet) by GENXR72




  1. C. · September 7, 2010

    The hallway speech version of Computer Blue is my favorite Prince outtake ever.

    I agree with you about Father’s Song…I have wished for YEARS to have a studio version!

    • See Note · September 7, 2010

      Yea, it’s a must have for Prince fam. As for Father’s Song, I doubt we’ll ever hear anything more, unless it’s in the twilight of Prince’s career, or memoirs maybe. And hopefully either of those things are a long, long – way off!

      Glad you stopped by…

  2. christi · November 9, 2011

    Father’s song is absolutely beautiful…you can feel the emotion in it.

  3. Anonymous · April 27, 2012

    Superb ! do we know some studio outtakes rehearsal of the first evolution from piano to guitar solo ?…

    the first piano outtake is magnificient. It reminds me the 77-79 Dakota demos of John Lennon.

    the second piano (with the synthetic sound) makes me think of an alternate soundtrack for the love scene in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner…

    is there a CD (from FBG or 4DF perhaps ?) which I would have missed and which contains these 2 piano gems ?

  4. CKJ505 · April 30, 2012

    Very interesting read indeed SN. thanks for sharing. 🙂

  5. Geoff Brett · April 30, 2012

    Thanks for the share SN, I appreciate all the time you put into each post 🙂

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