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Big Tall Wall

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Big Tall Wall is an unreleased track, recorded in mid-April, 1986 at Galpin Blvd Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA (during the same set of sessions as Crystal Ball, Starfish And Coffee and Visions). It was included as the fifth track on a late April, 1986 configuration of the Dream Factory album (which was planned as a Prince and the Revolution release), but was removed as the album underwent changes, and was not included on the 3 June, 1986 or 18 July, 1986 configurations. In July, 1987, Prince revamped the lyrics, and the song was mentioned in the initial script of the Graffiti Bridge movie, dated 22 September, 1987. It was included as the first track on the 25 September, 1988 configuration of the Graffiti Bridge album. The song remains unreleased.
The track is a minimalist funk/rock song, with Prince's vocals accompanied only by a Linn LN-1 drum machine. The track was recorded around the time when Prince's then-girlfriend Susannah Melvoin had moved out of Prince's house and the lyrics, including "I'm gonna build a big tall wall, stone circle so you can’t get out”, are a direct reference to the round apartment building in Lake Calhoun to which she moved. The song includes the line "I've got more holes than a golf course" which Prince later reused in the party intro to The Ball (heard both in the intro to both Joy In Repetition and Eye No). The line "pretty little baby, you're so glam, every time I see you I wanna slam" also inspired Glam Slam. While the lyrics in the initial version were focused on a negative, possessive relationship, the revised version reframed the lyrics to depict a positive, loving relationship.

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