1999
By: Prince

Original Performance: Prince
Written by: Prince

Versions:
  1. 1999
 
Lyrics:
1999 [Version (a)]:

(from the original)

Don't worry, I won't hurt you
I only want you to have some fun

I was dreaming when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray
But when I woke up this morning
Could've sworn it was judgment day
The sky was all purple
There were people running everywhere
Trying to run from the destruction
You know I didn't even care

Say say two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party
Like it's 1999

I was dreamin' when I wrote this
So sue me if I go too fast
But life is just a party
And parties weren't meant to last
War is all around us
My mind says 'prepare to fight'
So if I gotta die
I'm gonna listen to my body tonight

Say say two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party
Like it's 1999

If you didn't come to party
Don't bother knockin' on my door
I got a lion in my pocket
And baby, he's ready to roar
Everybody's got a bomb
We could all die any day
But before I let that happen
I'll dance my life away

They say two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party
Like it's 1999

Two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party
Like it's 1999

Alright 1999
You say 1999
Ooh 1999
Oww 1999
Don't stop
Don't stop
Say it one more time!

Two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party
Like it's 1999

1999
Don't you wanna go?
1999
Don't you wanna go?
1999
We could all die any day
1999
I don't wanna die
I'd rather dance my life away
1999

Party!
etc.
 
The Song:

"1999" is the title track on Prince's 1982 album, 1999 (my personal favorite Prince record).

Beck initially covered it live once in 2014 at a show in Montreal. Sean Lennon, whose group was opening for Beck that tour, joined in on vocals and cowbell.

Then in 2016, after Prince's untimely death, Beck and his band introduced "1999" into their "Where It's At" jams -- usually as drummer Joey Waronker's introduction song. They did this a number of times.
 
Live:

Played live 14 times:
Earliest known live version: June 25, 2014
Latest known live version: July 23, 2016