It’s the way Diamonds and Pearls works; a couple lightweight space-fillers sit in between two stone-cold classics: “Gett Off” and this ballad, one of Prince’s message songs, so to speak. The fifth single released from the album (it hit just #23 on the charts), it’s also one of the songs on Diamonds and Pearls that doesn’t feature all of the New Power Generation band members. It consists of Levi Seacer, Jr on bass, Michael Bland on drums, and Prince on everything else, including backing vocals.
It’s a smooth soul ballad, a would-be quiet storm hit, except Prince’s mind is on the world’s problems. You expect that “money don’t matter tonight” will carry the undertone that what’s more important than money is love (i.e. “money don’t matter in the bedroom”), but he never goes there, even if the setting and his singing might help us make that connection in our own minds.