For me, 2016 is going to be about freedom. Too many times, I have felt restricted by life, but I refuse to let that continue. This song is a good reminder to be independent of those who try to bring you down.

Ever since Eve did unto Adam what somebody been sho’ nuff doing to me, I’ve been trying to break the chain, get my little ass out the game. I’d rather sing with a bit more harmony.

Of course, we all know the story Prince is referring to here. In one of the three different creation stories in the Bible, Eve ate the “forbidden fruit” from the Knowledge Tree and Adam suffered the consequences along with her. We all have people in our lives like this, who take us a couple notches down every time they do something they may personally think is right.

The bass in this song is freeing in and of itself. It moves the listener to walk with a little more confidence despite the world telling them not to. This jam leaves you with a new-found sense of power, as does the entire 3-disc set. Of course, any song with a gong in it, including “I Like it There” and “There is Lonely,” are at the top of my list. I love when Prince uses instruments that are rarely found on other tracks, and this album has many instances of this (“Da, Da, Da” is the only rap song I know that features a marimba solo).

Now it seems, just like the autumn leaves, your money’s turned from green to brown, and now you best believe.

Everything in one’s life contains various levels of value, but Prince has made it abundantly clear in many of his songs that the soul is the most valuable possession we own. Everything in the world changes and the only thing we have control over is our own well-being. My father often tells me, “10% of life is what happens to you and 90% is how you deal with it.” Be sure to go into the new year taking ownership of your own destiny; you are the only one who can.

True freedom takes place in the spirit. Many will try 2 shackle that spirit, 4 many have none of their own. Step 2 the right and uppercut them all. Never stop believing that if nothing else – things change. Evolve in2 the light and all disorder will cease. Live4loveandlovewilllive4u. Eye wish u heaven – O{+>, Emancipation Album Booklet

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