"F**k You" (CD single)



Expletives abound in angry song about a broken heart.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The solidly negative message here is all about active anger and resentment against someone who's done you wrong.

Positive role models

Despite the negative message in this song, Cee-Lo maintains a fairly positive image overall, expressing love for his parents, wife, and children in his songs.

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Lots of f- and s-words, as well as "nigga."


Mentions X-box and Atari.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single repeats the f-word throughout, along with some s-bombs and the n-word. It also includes some dark, hostile messaging about telling a former girlfriend to "f--k off" after she breaks a guy's heart. The mature content is definitely not for kids.

What's the story?

F**K YOU is a solosingle from Cee-Lo Green, one half of the smash R&B/hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley. While the duo's music has been relatively tame, Green's solo song revolves around the f-word -- which he uses liberally throughout the track to describe how he feels about a girl who has broken his heart (as well as the guy she left him for). Though very bad language is about the worst that this track has to offer in the way of adult content, the extreme swearing is enough to make this single off-limits for kids.

Is it any good?


As he's proven in uber-hit singles like "Crazy," Cee-Lo definitely has the pipes to pull off a strong vocal performance -- which he does here. A catchy, piano-based hook accompanies the good vocals. Yet just when you're about to really get into the sound, the jarring lyrics come into play, ultimately doing more to hurt than help this otherwise hot tune.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about other ways to handle a bad breakup than open hostility. How does it make you feel when you're saying negative things about someone?

  • What are five things you can do to help yourself feel better after someone breaks your heart?

Music details

Artist:Cee-Lo Green
Release date:August 25, 2010
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 10 years old April 24, 2011


This song has 16 uses of the F-word and 8 uses of s**t. But there is a clean version called "Forget You"
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old March 27, 2011

Forget you...

I see ya drivin' 'round town with the girl I love, and I'm like...FORGET YOU. I've heard this song a ton! My local radio station loves it! Like, sure the original version is bad, but the clean version is like an old time song with a modern twist. Great song without the language.
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Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 March 20, 2012

Catchy song

This is a catchy song, the clean version, that is. I've never actually heard the real one...


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