Phuck You Symphony

Album: Live and Uncensored (1982)

Songfacts®:

  • Set to an orchestral background, the only lyrics to this song are "F--k You." Millie Jackson has never shied from controversy and has kept full control of her career, so when she decided to do the "Phuck You Symphony," no one could stop her. In our 2010 interview, Jackson told us that this song was not directed at anyone specific. She said: "I had never said 'f--k' on stage before. You notice I couldn't even spell it the right way. It's spelled P-H-U-C-K. Randy Klein was my keyboard player at the time, and I said, 'I don't know what this album is going to be. I've said everything on stage I could possibly say I've said everything on record I could possibly say. Everything but f--k.' So I said, 'That's it. I'm just gonna say f--k. But we've got to do it with class.' So we sat down and he said, 'Okay, what are the words?' I'm going, 'How about 'f--k you'?' He said, 'All the words 'f--k you'?' So he went and wrote the music while I sang 'f--k you.' I laugh about that song. I say that song, those lyrics were so hard to write, it took forever to come up with all those lyrics. (laughing) Oh boy." (Read our interview with Millie Jackson.)

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