I Wanna Be Your Lover is a song by American recording artist Prince. It was released on August 24, 1979 as the lead single from his second album, Prince.
I Wanna Be Your Lover was written after Warner Bros. requested a follow-up to Prince’s debut album For You, which had underperformed commercially and neither of its singles crossed over to the pop charts. In response, Prince recorded I Wanna Be Your Lover. Musically, it is a funk song sung exclusively in falsetto, detailing Prince’s love for a woman and how he would treat her better than the men she is with, and frustration that she thinks of him as “a child”.
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover