F--k You

Album: True North (2013)
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  • Bad Religion vocalist and songwriter Greg Graffin told Billboard magazine regarding this song, that it took him, "32 years as a songwriter to finally be able to write what I feel." Graffin added that he'd had the tune "floating around for a long time," which he'd kept humming to himself. "That's an example of a song that had the music before the lyrics," he said. "The only thing that really fit right there was 'f--k you,' and it actually ended up being just the right sentiment."
  • Despite its song title, this is not an angry song. Graffin explained to Billboard magazine, "It's really a song about the Pavlovian response we all have in how, when you do just come out with it and say it, you usually end up in more trouble than had you not said it. It's very rarely a well thought out action. In the sense that we're analyzing human nature, it's kind of in keeping with Bad Religion."

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