It’s become tradition here to mourn the passing of great artists by mustering up an appropriate Shakespearean tribute. Prince is a special case, having no traditional Shakespeare credits to his name (although “When Doves Cry” does feature on the Romeo+Juliet soundtrack). But why should that stop us?
Sixteen hundred zero zero almost out of time,
Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1599!
The purple rain, it raineth every day.
Let’s go crazy!
Let’s put an antic disposition on!
I’d dream if I could, a courtyard,
An ocean of violets in bloom…
…but they all withered when my father died.
Give my robe, put on my raspberry beret.
I have immortal longings in me.
My kingdom for a little red corvette!
Good night, sweet Prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.