“When Doves Cry” is a song by the American musician Prince, and the lead single from his 1984 album Purple Rain. It was a worldwide hit, and his first American number one single, topping charts for five weeks. According to Billboard magazine, it was the top-selling single of the year.
The song follows the general spiritual theme of Christianity throughout Purple Rain. Many have interpreted the ‘dove’ as being a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The song has also been understood as Prince’s cry to God: “how could you just leave me standing alone in a world that’s so cold?” One can also interpret Prince’s denial of both parents as a criticism of the 5th (or 4th, depending on faith) commandment of honoring thy father and mother, further solidifying his call for God to intervene.
On 10/13/2008, the song was voted #2 on Australian VH1’s Top 10 Number One Pop Songs countdown.
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