Here is why the internet exists: to give everyone a chance to hear the Fuck You song, even though it will never get played on the radio in its original form. The song got so much exposure from the original viral video that Gwyneth Paltrow could change the lyrics on Glee to “Forget You” and EVERYONE knew that wasn’t what she meant. Ain’t that some shit?
[Incidentally, we seem to be experiencing a mini f-word trend in pop music these days. You’ve heard about Britney’s sly “If U Seek Amy” bit, right? (If not, just say it out loud -- out of the hearing of your kids and your Grandma.) And Lily Allen released her own F.U. song last year. Soon we’ll have enough fucking songs to fill an entire fucking cd.]
So what about this song? Cee Lo seems to think his girl left him for a man with more money. Well, of course it’s entirely possible. But some men seem to have a bad habit of misreading the cues when it comes to love. Maybe her problem wasn’t that the change in his pocket wasn’t enough, but that he was shouting expletives at the top of his lungs wherever they went. Or maybe she was less concerned that he wasn’t bringing home a large paycheck and more concerned that he wasn’t bringing home any paycheck at all! Always borrowing money from her family, stealing other people’s tips off the bar at the pub, and scamming tourists with his sad Three-Card Monte. A girl gets tired of dating a hustler. Sometimes it’s just easier to be with a guy who has a job -- the Ferrari’s just a bonus.
Here is Eliza Doolittle’s cover of the song. It’s a bit long, but the spiffy dudes backing her up are adorable.