Older/surprising songs with swearing in the lyrics

Older/surprising songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Butterfield on Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:23 am

We all know that swearing was invented by someone on the internet, but it turns out that a select few songs from many years ago were ahead of their time and featured some naughty words within. :nono:

The oldest I can currently think of it Working Class Hero by John Lennon, from 1970.


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EDIT: Thread now includes songs by artists you may not expect to use such language of filth.
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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:42 am

On Hey Jude, John Lennon swears in the background at 2:57, when he gets a bit wrong. As McCartney sings, "begin", Lennon says, "F*ck*n' ell."

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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Nightjar on Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:12 am

As featured in the recent "More Woodblock" thread, :yes:

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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Nightjar on Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:14 am

Call_of_the_Wendigo wrote:On Hey Jude, John Lennon swears in the background at 2:57, when he gets a bit wrong. As McCartney sings, "begin", Lennon says, "F*ck*n' ell."


And you still wonder why Julian Lennon has a major hang up about his Dad?
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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Butterfield on Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:28 am

Call_of_the_Wendigo wrote:On Hey Jude, John Lennon swears in the background at 2:57, when he gets a bit wrong. As McCartney sings, "begin", Lennon says, "F*ck*n' ell."


I had to play it a few times to hear it. Are you sure that's what he says? Or is it just one of those urban legendses? :hmn:


And someone please tell me where the swearing is on that Pink Floyd song - I refuse to listen to 10 minutes of it just for one word.
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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:01 am

Butterfield wrote:
Call_of_the_Wendigo wrote:On Hey Jude, John Lennon swears in the background at 2:57, when he gets a bit wrong. As McCartney sings, "begin", Lennon says, "F*ck*n' ell."


I had to play it a few times to hear it. Are you sure that's what he says? Or is it just one of those urban legendses? :hmn:


At 2:58 of the song, someone can allegedly be heard to say, "F*cking h*ll!" There is some dispute as to who said this, and whether it was really exclaimed at all. Sound engineers Ken Scott and Geoff Emerick claim the exclamation came from McCartney, and that it was Lennon's idea to leave the mistake in the final mix. "'Paul hit a clunker on the piano and said a naughty word,' Lennon gleefully crowed, 'but I insisted we leave it in, buried just low enough so that it can barely be heard. Most people won't ever spot it...but we'll know it's there.'" However, in the book Recording The Beatles, engineer Malcolm Toft recalls, "Barry Sheffield engineered 'Hey Jude', but I mixed it... John Lennon says a very rude word about halfway through the song. At 2:59 you will hear a 'Whoa!' from him in the background. About two seconds later you will hear, 'F***ing hell!' This was because when he was doing a vocal backing, Barry sent him the foldback level [headphone volume] too loud and he threw the cans on the ground and uttered the expletive. But, because it had been bounced down [mixed] with the main vocal, it could not be removed. I just managed to bring the fader down for a split second on the mix to try to lessen the effect." Others argue that the voice is Ringo Starr's.

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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Nightjar on Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:59 am

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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Butterfield on Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:46 pm

Call_of_the_Wendigo wrote:
At 2:58 of the song, someone can allegedly be heard to say, "F*cking h*ll!" There is some dispute as to who said this, and whether it was really exclaimed at all. Sound engineers Ken Scott and Geoff Emerick claim the exclamation came from McCartney, and that it was Lennon's idea to leave the mistake in the final mix. "'Paul hit a clunker on the piano and said a naughty word,' Lennon gleefully crowed, 'but I insisted we leave it in, buried just low enough so that it can barely be heard. Most people won't ever spot it...but we'll know it's there.'" However, in the book Recording The Beatles, engineer Malcolm Toft recalls, "Barry Sheffield engineered 'Hey Jude', but I mixed it... John Lennon says a very rude word about halfway through the song. At 2:59 you will hear a 'Whoa!' from him in the background. About two seconds later you will hear, 'F***ing hell!' This was because when he was doing a vocal backing, Barry sent him the foldback level [headphone volume] too loud and he threw the cans on the ground and uttered the expletive. But, because it had been bounced down [mixed] with the main vocal, it could not be removed. I just managed to bring the fader down for a split second on the mix to try to lessen the effect." Others argue that the voice is Ringo Starr's.


So even the people who were there can't make their mind up who said it/if at all. :dunno2:


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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby DaiB on Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:36 pm

You want older? I'll give you older...


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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Nightjar on Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:59 pm

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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby DaiB on Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:14 pm

There's an even better one called 'My Lady's Coachman John' which contains a word too rude for this delicate forum, and that I did not even realise existed in the 17th century. I shall leave you to research that one yourself...

There's basically a really fun sub-genre of popular song from that period known as the 'catch' which specialises in sex, drinking and farting. The better ones gain the desired effect by layering music and lyrics on top of each other so that later verses introduce words which when combined with the earlier verses suddenly sound a bit rude. The absolute best bit is the fact that otherwise perfectly serious composers like Henry Purcell enjoyed the odd diversion into bawdy songwriting, so a lot of them are actually really good music too.
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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby Butterfield on Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:10 pm

Wow. 1970, nineteen schmeventy. :gasp:
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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby StevieBaby on Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:34 am

I think I saw some of that 'catch' stuff on The Two Ronnies Last night. :sofa:




I'm sure there a frank Zappa song from the early 70s where he drops the 'C' bomb :hide:, I didn't even think the Americans knew that naughty word..
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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby FanGirl3 on Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:27 pm

They use it differently, it's an insult used on women, a sort of supercharged 'bitch'.
Even me?
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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby StevieBaby on Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:26 pm

Isn't that how we use it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59SnyGpd-6I

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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby FanGirl3 on Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:52 pm

I don't think I've ever heard it applied to a woman by a British speaker.
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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby The_Captain on Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:19 am

Frequent use of the S-word in this song from 1969



The first instance is at about 1:38.
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Re: Older songs with swearing in the lyrics

Postby StevieBaby on Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:14 pm

Some epic F word in

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qW3F48s1fQ&feature=player_detailpage#t=127s

And naughty N word :hide: Everywhere! :bananafire:
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