Memoir — From the December 2012 issue

I Am Your Conscious, I Am Love

A paean 2 Prince

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if i was your girlfriend  Dick jokes, ass jokes, black-women-versus-white-women jokes, Taliban jokes, Whitney Houston jokes, more sex jokes, and then, finally, the best joke of all, because it plays like a confession telegraphed directly out of the comedian’s subconscious. From Jamie Foxx’s 2002 television stand-up special, I Might Need Security: “Hollywood is freaky . . . You get the chance to meet all your, you know, your favorite stars when you’re in Hollywood. And I met Prince . . . the man, you know what I’m sayin’?” Applause. Jamie Foxx, dressed in a blue shirt with a satin sheen and dark trousers, traverses the stage, …

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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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