The Happy Prince

Kick It

The Happy Prince“Kick It” is Track 12 on Street Angel. It is partly inspired by Oscar Wilde’s 1888 story “The Happy Prince.” Stevie adapted certain lines from Wilde’s now-public-domain work for the song.

WILDE:I will stay with you one night longer,” said the Swallow
NICKS: I’ll stay with you for one more night

WILDE:I am waited for in Egypt,” said the Swallow. “My friends are flying up and down the Nile, and talking to the large lotus-flowers.
NICKS: Well, I’m waited for in Egypt. It’s just something I must do.

WILDE: “For in my garden of Paradise this little bird shall sing for evermore, and in my city of gold the Happy Prince shall praise me.”
NICKS: Nothing like forevermore

Lyrics

I’ll stay with you one more night
I’ll bid you no goodbyes
Not until tomorrow’s light
Then I’ll say goodnight
Well, I would really rather die
Than make you stop
I think that is the meaning of love

I think that is the meaning of love
And I prefer to kick it
Yes, I think that is the meaning of love
And I prefer to kick it
Kick the habit

Well I’m waited for in Egypt
It’s just something I must do
Yes, I can see you’re waited for all over you
All day and all night
All over the world
It’s your world It’s your world

I think that is the meaning of love
And I’m prepared to kick it
Yes, I think that is the meaning of love
And I prefer to kick it

So what is this (what is this)
When you can (when you can)
What is this
What about me
What is this (What is this)
I understand (I understand)
What is this I’m lonely I’m lonely (I’m lonely)

It’s a strange kind of love affair
A symphony of sorts
Strange kind of love affair
A declaration of war
No, I won’t be here tomorrow night
You won’t see me smiling
Tomorrow when it’s very dark
No crying

I think that is the meaning of love
And I prefer to kick it
Yes, I think that is the meaning of love
Surrender

Well, I think that is the meaning of love (think that’s the meaning of love)
I think that is the meaning of love (love, love)
And I prefer to kick it
Yes, I think that is the meaning of love (love, love)
But, I prefer to kick it

Well, I loved you more than life itself (love, love)
(Nothing like forever more)
But I’m prepared to kick it
(Something like dying)
Yes, I loved you more than life itself (love, love)
But I’m prepared to kick it
I think that is the meaning of love
And I’m prepared to kick it

(Stevie Nicks/Mike Campbell) © 1994 Welsh Witch Music (BMI)/Wild Gator Music (ASCAP) (Stevie Nicks/Mike Campbell) © 1994 Welsh Witch Music (BMI)/Wild Gator Music (ASCAP)

Musicians

Michael Campbell Electric Guitar
Sharon Celani, Sara Fleetwood, Lori Nicks Vocal Harmonies
Andy Fairweather Low Electric Guitar
Cat Gray Synthesizer
Ethan Johns Drums, Percussion, Slide Guitar
Bernie Leadon Guitar
John Pierce Bass

Reference

Wilde, Oscar (1888). The Happy Prince.

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