F--k and Run

Album: Exile In Guyville (1993)
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Songfacts®:

  • On the Rolling Stones' "Happy," Keith Richards is begging for some lovin' to keep him satisfied. Liz Phair's debut album, a song-by-song response to the Stones' 1972 album, Exile On Main St., answers with "F--k and Run," a lonely lament about casual sex. Phair ponders:

    And whatever happened to a boyfriend
    The kind of guy who tries to win you over?
    And whatever happened to a boyfriend
    The kind of guy who makes love 'cause he's in it?
  • Phair revisited the tune in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2018, around the time of the album's 25th anniversary. "I'm always interested by the way I used my voice back then. It's just so laid back," she said. "I almost feel like 'F--k and Run' has a bit of spoken word to it in a funny way. It's classic pop song, but the things I'm saying are so nakedly emotional and I'm saying this in this deadpan delivery. It's just such a strange contrast. The song, to me, is probably the most emblematic of what made people like my music in the first place, with these stories that you wouldn't think that you would be privy to or that you wouldn't expect to hear are just absolutely laid down in a kind of classic rock or pop song format. Like, 'There you go. Yep, just sat up in bed. I'm not quite sure who this guy is, but, like, I don't think I'll be seeing him again.' You never heard those stories in popular culture."
  • Although getting the album recorded was a slow process - with Phair traveling between where she was staying at her parents' home in Evanston, Illinois, to Idful Studios in Chicago - this song came together quickly. The album's producer, Brad Wood, recalled to Spin: "When we tracked 'F--k and Run' in one night and I saw Liz dancing over and over again to the playback, I knew we had hit the right formula."

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