'..dearly inebriated..'

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  • Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    Welcome to the forum! Please always give us a source and context. This is usually essential to understanding. Who is 'Prince'?
    "Dearly inebriated" means 'Dear drunk people'.
     

    Sparky Malarky

    Moderator
    English - US
    Without more context I can't be sure, but it sounds like Prince was making kind of a joke on the way a minister will address a congregation in church. They often address the crowd as "Dearly beloved, ...."
     

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    Thank you! I do know and regret his death - one of the best artists ever. I was making a point about context. I'd be quite surprised if all the regular contributors here know who he is.
     

    Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    I agree with Sparky Malarky.

    It's a play on "dearly beloved", which is a greeting used at the beginning of some religious services (weddings, funerals), and also used at the beginning of the song "Let's Go Crazy":
    Dearly beloved
    We are gathered here today
    To get through this thing called life
    Prince - Lets Go Crazy Lyrics | MetroLyrics
     

    olegwins

    Member
    russian
    Dear members of the forum. thank you a lot for your quick replies..I found this "Prince charmingly altered the first spoken lyric, introducing the song by saying, “Dearly, inebriated,” before launching into the infectious hit." and I found the lyric by Prince

    "Let's Go Grazy"


    Dearly beloved
    We are gathered here today
    2 get through this thing called life...

    I appreciate your help with this..
     
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