Sinéad O’Connor Said It’s One Person She’s Always and Always Thinking About When She Sings the Hit “Nothing Compares 2 U”
The Prince-composed smash “Nothing Compares 2 U” is without a doubt Sinéad O’Connor’s most famous song. When I think of O’Connor, I think of the tear-streaked close-up of her face in the song’s 1990 music video.
O’Connor pondered on the ballad, the celebrity it brought her, and the one person she says is always on her mind when she performs it in her recent memoir Rememberings.
Nothing compares to you, Prince wrote.
The song that launched O’Connor’s career was written by Prince, the legendary composer and performer. Prince’s version of the song, released in 1984, was described by Rolling Stone as “a unique mix of styles: It simmers with the same potency as the power ballad O’Connor would later record, but packs more rock and roll punches, from fiery guitar riffs and a blazing saxophone solo to Prince’s electric vocal runs and wails.”
According to The Guardian, Prince’s sound engineer Susan Rogers said the song was created for his “young housekeeper,” who had left abruptly due to a family death. Although the musician and his staffer did not have a romantic relationship, Rogers claimed that Prince missed her and that the song burst out of him “like a sneeze.”
Rogers was cited as saying, “He wasn’t living with anyone, but he was a young man writing about domesticity.” “The sentence ‘all the flowers that you planted in my back yard died’… Sandy, the [Prince’s housekeeper], would have planted those flowers. ‘And I understand that living with my baby can be challenging at times, but I’m eager to give it another shot…’ Sandy and I did not have a romantic relationship. It isn’t a wailing “Help me, baby” song. ‘You’re gone, and I miss you,’ it says.
‘Always,’ says O’Connor, when asked who he sings the song to.
O’Connor elaborates on the song that changed her life in her recently released memoir. This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.