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Prince pens 'Purple and Gold' fight song for Minnesota Vikings

January 22, 2010 |  2:18 pm

Prince debuted a new song, but it’s not exactly what fans would expect.The notoriously reclusive star unveiled his inner jock, writing a song about the Minnesota Vikings to honor last week's win over the Dallas Cowboys.

The Fox affiliate in Minneapolis quoted the musician, one of the state's more famous natives, as saying he "saw the future" after Sunday's win. The game apparently inspired him to write "Purple and Gold" later that night.

A sample of some of the lyrics:

We come in the name of the purple and gold
All of the odds are in our favor
No prediction too bold
We are the truth if the truth can be told
Long reign the purple and gold

So it's a bit simple, but one doesn't necessarily look to stadium chants for artistic greatness. At best it's a cute offering, with sport-friendly lyrics and cheesy, old-school Casio-like effects. It almost sounds a bit like a Christmas song, with its slow beat and prideful chorus. Sample it below.

It’s still a bit hard to believe that Prince is a football fan, but there is video evidence. Footage shows him in box seats, clad in black, enjoying the game among a room full of purple-and-gold-wearing fans. Who knew? 

While new material is always welcomed from the Purple, this one is for fans -- football fans, that is -- only. Listen and judge for yourself.

Perhaps the Vikings should stick to “Pants on the Ground” as their pregame anthem. Listen to the full song here.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio in 2008. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press