Feel good love to reminisce about, since these type of Pop love jams don’t really have a ton of relevance today, but did so in the 80s, with it’s emphasis on lighter material, cross-genre style, and Artistic Pop sound. Listeners will note – nothing is rushed in this Pop track, and there doesn’t seem to be a strong desire to cash in on anything at all, save for throwback sounds to Beatles era songwriting, and some 60s psychedelic elements, which weren’t’ necessarily a wave upon “Raspberry Beret’s” release. No, Prince wanted a particular classic rock atmosphere to be gleaned from the Paisley Park studio experience, and he went for it especially with songs like this one. Violins are upfront in the mix, adding to the innocent whimsey that abounds in the track, while Prince sings with the emotion of a naïve lover, who sees connection as a simple process impeded by distractions such as a day-job at Mr. McGee’s. “I was working part time in a five-and-dime, my boss was Mr. McGee, he told me several times that he didn't like my kind, 'cause I was a bit too leisurely.” The kid version of Prince is uninspired with his grind, until someone special walks in and changes his world; “That's when I saw her, ooh, I saw her, she walked in through the out door, out door, she wore a raspberry beret, the kind you find in a second hand store
raspberry beret, and if it was warm she wouldn't wear much more.” The moment becomes love at first sight for Prince; he thinks ‘he loves her.’ She flirts with him, he responds by putting her on the back of her bike, and they go on and adventure; “And we went riding, down by old man Johnson's farm, I said now, overcast days never turned me on, but something about the clouds and her mixed, she wasn't too bright, but I could tell when she kissed me, she knew how to get her kicks.” Not only is the story told with vividness, but the hook is strange, beautiful, and classic, allowing the user to imagine a perfect sexy girl looking for fun, wearing a Raspberry Beret, ‘and if it was warm, she wouldn’t wear much more.’
"Raspberry Beret" is a song written by Prince and the lead single from Prince & The Revolution's 1985 album Around the World in a Day.