Listen to Prince’s ‘Cosmic Day’ From ‘Sign O’ the Times’ Box Set
According to a press release, Prince recorded "Cosmic Day" on Nov. 15, 1986 at Studio 3 of Los Angeles' Sunset Sound, with Susan Rogers and Coke Johnson serving as engineers on the session. They add that it's "Prince at his most psychedelic" and say that the song is "possibly the most revered recording" found in the box set because even bootleggers had only heard an incomplete version.
Prince's official social media accounts shared his handwritten lyrics, which reads like an extension of the whimsy found on Around the World in a Day. It begins, "This is a cosmic dream / I look inside my window / I see blue and whipped cream / There goes a mermaid, uh oh." The page also contains some chords written at the bottom.
"Cosmic Day" is the third song featured on the Super Deluxe Edition to be previewed ahead of its Sept. 25 release. The first two were the previously unreleased "Witness 4 the Prosecution" -- one of two versions in the set -- and the original recording of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" that stemmed from 1979. The box set contains 63 recordings that are getting their first official release, 45 from the studio and an 18-song concert, two CDs of mixes from the singles, a live DVD and a 120-page hardcover book with handwritten lyrics and essays from friends like Dave Chappelle and Lenny Kravitz.