Prince Charles is a “shapeshifting reptilian” who “flashed his real self” at Prince while greeting him at a red-carpet event in 1999, according to lyrics in an autobiographical song stored in Prince’s vault.
Music writer Ben Smith, working on a biography of Prince, heard the track Royal Reptiles when Paisley Park Museum staff played it for him, and he says he “couldn’t believe what he heard.”
“People have suggested Prince was being tongue-in-cheek in this song. I’ve listened to every minute of music Prince released, as well as thousands of hours of bootleg and unreleased tracks. I know when Prince is joking around or being sassy.”
“But on that song (Royal Reptiles) you are hearing Prince railing against the powers that be. This is peeved Prince. Angry Prince.”
Smith describes the song as a “plaintive, stripped down piano ballad with a biting vocal delivery” and says the lyrics, most of which he cannot remember word for word, describe Prince’s evening at the De Beers and Versace “Diamonds Are Forever” charity fashion event on June 9, 1999.
“Royal welcome? More like a mafia shakedown. How about I pardon you? In your cold blooded dreams,” Prince sang on the track, referencing his meeting with Prince Charles, according to Smith.
“Royals are reptiles, Charlie’s a reptile, Lizzie’s a reptile, they want to eat you and me.”
“Ah, ah, ah
Everytime I think of you
I want to split the lizard two
Ah, ah, ah
Royal Reptiles was recorded during sessions for songs that ended up on Prince’s Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic album released late in 1999, but Smith isn’t surprised Royal Reptiles didn’t make the cut.
“I’m not sure that song was ever meant to see the light of day,” Smith says. “It doesn’t sound anything like the music Prince was making around that time, which isn’t unusual in itself as Prince was always recording a wide variety of different stuff. But the nature of that song, I don’t know. My guess is he knew it would cause a storm and he sat on it.”
While Smith’s verdict might be correct, other Prince fans disagree entirely with the music writer.
Pointing out that Prince was unafraid of speaking his mind, regardless of the response his words would generate, they believe that Prince was biding his time and waiting for the right moment to release the track that called out Prince Charles as a reptilian shapeshifter.
“He spoke about chemtrails live on national TV, back when nobody was daring to talk about chemtrails,” said Abbie K, a self-described Prince obsessive. “He exposed the Illuminati. He spoke truth to power. He wasn’t afraid of anything or anyone.”
Prince’s estate are now beginning to release tracks stored for years in the mysterious, climate-controlled vault.
A surprise 6-track Prince EP, Deliverance, was released in April this year to mark the one-year anniversary of his death. Prince co-wrote and co-produced the EP’s songs with Ian Boxill, who completed the tracks following his death last year. Boxill said in a press release:
“Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”
While Royal Reptiles wasn’t included on the EP, the fact that Prince’s songs are now being released free of major label constraints means we are more likely than ever before to hear the “dangerous” songs Prince wanted the world to hear.