Sir Paul McCartney didn’t want to use the word “f**k” in a song because of his grandchildren but admitted the ambiguity of “Fuh You’ is a “schoolboy prank”
Sir Paul McCartney didn’t want to use the word “f**k” in a song because of his grandchildren as List reported
The Beatles legend’s latest album, ‘Egypt Station’, features a track called ‘Fuh You’ and though he admitted the ambiguous title was a “schoolboy prank” that could be interpreted in a raunchy way, he never wanted to sing anything too offensive.
Asked if the title meant “F**k you”, he replied: “Not at all! I mean, if you’re lucky, when you’re creating you can have some fun.because’, ‘therefore’, “This song was coming to a close and we were just getting a bit hysterical in the studio, as you do when you’re locked away for long hours, and I said, ‘Well, I’ll just say, “I just wanna sh*g you.’
“And we had a laugh. And I said, ‘No, I’ll tell you what we can do is, I can make it questionable as to what it is I’m singing.’
“We did a lot [of similar pranks]in the Beatles. And it brings some joy to your tawdry little life.
“If you listen to it, I don’t actually say ‘f**k,’ because I don’t particularly want to say ‘I just want to f**k you’ – I’ve got, like, eight grandchildren.
“So I just thought, I can fudge this easily. It was something to amuse ourselves.”
The 76-year-old singer admitted the humour in the track is “pathetic” but he likes the fact he can make such a joke in his songs.
He added in an interview with Britain’s GQ magazine: “Hey, listen – when you make these things up, it’s not like writing a Shakespeare play. I mean, it’s intended as a popular song.
So you don’t feel like you’ve got to adhere to any rules […] It’s kind of pathetic, but actually a great thing in its pathos because it’s something that makes you laugh. So what’s wrong with that?”
Still, the star seems to be enjoying his sixth decade in the spotlight – popping up at the Cavern Club for a surprise gig; taking part in a Facebook Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and pranking fans in an elevator.
All this activity is in support of a new album, Egypt Station, which contains some of Sir Paul’s catchiest, most immediate songs in years – from the blissful domesticity of Happy With You to the frisky Come On To Me, with its lyric about a hook-up at a house party.
“You know, rock ‘n’ roll, its origins are pretty funny and fun,” says Sir Paul. “It’s not supposed to be a serious job.
“Why we loved it was Elvis Presley singing Baby, Let’s Play House, and he got it from the blues singers, who were all quite frisky, too.”