A prince in practice moans for the attention that he wants
But most of this town won't even dignify his ignorance with a response
The song is set within a city or town, implying a modern way of life.
“A prince in practice” simply means a young man; a prince is more the underling of society than the ruler, and is often new an inexperienced in the ways of the world. This young man, or child, wanders alone in the streets seeking the attention of strangers, who don’t care to humor him because they don’t have to.
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