Memoir — From the December 2012 issue

I Am Your Conscious, I Am Love

A paean 2 Prince

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“Sir?” the young black security guard said tentatively. There was a pause, followed by a barely audible response from the room beyond. All around, one could hear the grumblings of trunks being wheeled this way and that and of the gaffers and food-service people and sound engineers setting up for another show. The venue: St. Louis’s Savvis Center. The artist: Prince Rogers Nelson. The occasion: a 2004 tour for his album Musicology, his first to reach Billboard’s top five since , in 1992. St. Louis was the twenty-sixth stop on the American tour for Musicology, which a number of industry …

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  • no one important

    it’s “conscience”…not “conscious”

    • http://harpers.org/ Harper
      • no one important

        you do realize that record labels reprint lyrics based on a copyist’s rendering of the lyrics and not from the artist’s original lyric sheet, right?

        it’s “conscience”. “conscious” is an adjective. your use of it as a noun makes no sense.

  • mike

    ‘this is your conscience, motherfucker’. — bob george.

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