Fuh You

Album This song officially appears on the Egypt Station Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2018
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Fuh You” is the 3rd single of Paul’s 2018 album Egypt Station, released on August 15, 2018 – ahead of the release of the album.  This is the only track on the album not produced by Greg Kurstin, and as the consequence the only one produced by Ryan Tedder who is also co-writer of the song with Paul (“Nothing For Free” which only appears as bonus tracks on some versions of “Egypt Station” was also co-written and produced by Tedder).

From paulmccartney.com, August 15, 2018:

Paul recalls the process behind the new single: “With this one I was in the studio with Ryan Tedder whereas the rest of the album has been made with Greg Kurstin… We were just thinking of ideas and little pieces of melody and chords and the song just came together bit by bit. And then I would try and make some kind of sense of the story. So it was like ‘Come on baby now. Talk about yourself. Tell the truth, let me get to know you’ and basically I wanna know how you feel, you make me wanna go out and steal. I just want it for you. So that was the basic idea and it developed from there… sort of a love song, but a raunchy love song. There you go – fuh you.”

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney interview, from DIY, June 20, 2018:

So out of all the producers that were suggested, I liked Ryan, rung him up and we chatted. He said, ‘What do you hope to get [out of this]?’. I was like, oh I don’t know. And then I thought, come on Paul, don’t be so shy. So I said, ‘A hit?’ And he was like ‘Yeah! Now you’re talking my language! The world loves a hit!’ So that was our brief. To do something commercial. In a week, we ended up with three songs and one of them was ‘Fuh You’, which is on the album.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney interview, from GQ, September 11, 2018:

Anyway, this new song is really called “Fuck You,” right?

“Not at all! I mean, if you’re lucky, when you’re creating you can have some fun. This song was coming to a close and we were just getting a bit hysterical in the studio, as you do when you’re locked away for long hours, and I said, ‘Well, I’ll just say, “I just wanna shag you.”‘ And we had a laugh. And I said, ‘No, I’ll tell you what we can do is, I can make it questionable as to what it is I’m singing.’ So the actual lyrics are You make me wanna go out and steal / I just want to fuck you or …I just want it for you.” It’s a schoolboy prank. Which we did a lot in the Beatles. And it brings some joy to your tawdry little life. If you listen to it, I don’t actually say ‘fuck,’ because I don’t particularly want to say ‘I just want to fuck you’—I’ve got, like, eight grandchildren.” He considers this. “Of course they’d probably like it better. But anyway.…” And continues. “So I just thought, I can fudge this easily. It was something to amuse ourselves. Hey, listen—when you make these things up, it’s not like writing a Shakespeare play. I mean, it’s intended as a popular song. So you don’t feel like you’ve got to adhere to any rules. And then you do ‘Why don’t we do it in the road?‘ ‘tit-tit-tit-tit-tit-tit,’ ‘She’s a prick teaser.’ It’s kind of pathetic, but actually a great thing in its pathos because it’s something that makes you laugh. So what’s wrong with that?”

Paul McCartney

Greg Kurstin interview, from Rolling Stone, July 3, 2018:

Why did Ryan Tedder wind up producing one of the songs?

He produced “For You.” (sic) That happened because there was a miscommunication with the scheduling and I wasn’t able to work when Paul was off. He wanted to continue to write and record, so his management or someone get in touch with Ryan to try working with him. They created that song at that time.

Greg Kurstin

On September 10, 2018, an official music video for “Fuh You” has been published. From Rolling Stone:

The black-and-white video opens with a teenage couple sharing a kiss on a front doorstep before the girl’s mother intrudes and sends the boy home. The enamored young protagonist then wanders the streets of Liverpool, singing and dancing along with “Fuh You” as he makes his way home.

Each track of “Egypt Station” has been given individual artwork that was first published on Twitter on August 14, 2018

Last updated on September 13th, 2018

Lyrics

Come on baby now
Let me look at you
Talk about yourself
Try to tell the truth
I could stay up half the night
Trying to crack your code
I could stay up half the night
But I’d rather hit the road

On the night that I met you
I was on the town
On the night that I met you

I just wanna know how you feel
Want a love that’s so proud and real
You make me wanna go out and steal
I just want it fuh you
I just want it fuh you

Come on baby now
Help me work it out
I won’t let you down
So you don’t need to shout
I could stay up half the night
Playing with your head
I could stay up half the night
But I’d rather go to bed

On the night that I met you
I was on the town
On the night that I met you

I just wanna know how you feel
Want a love that’s so proud and real
You make me wanna go out and steal
I just want it fuh you
I just want it fuh you

And every day
In every way
And every day
In every way

I just wanna know how you feel
Want a love that’s so proud and real
You make me wanna go out and steal
I just want it fuh you
I just want it fuh you

I just wanna know how you feel
Want a love that’s so proud and real
You make me wanna go out and steal
I just want it fuh you

Officially appears on


Egypt Station

Official album • Released in 2018

3:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Co-producer, Harpsichord, Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Keith Smith:
Engineering assistant
Ryan Tedder:
Backing vocals, Producer, Programming
Steve Orchard:
Engineering
Rich Rich:
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham:
Engineering assistant
Brandon Michael Collins:
Strings arrangement, Strings producer
Doug Sarrett:
Strings engineering
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent:
Mixing
Michael Freeman:
Mixing assistant
Zach Skelton:
Producer, Programming
David Angell:
Violin
Alicia Enstrom:
Violin
Betsy Lamb:
Viola
Paul Nelson:
Cello / contractor
Jack Jezzro:
String bass

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Patriot Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Session Strings recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Uno Mas, Brentwood, USA

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio:
EastWest Studios, Los Angeles, USA


Fuh You

Single • Released in 2018

3:24 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Co-producer, Harpsichord, Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Keith Smith:
Engineering assistant
Ryan Tedder:
Backing vocals, Producer, Programming
Steve Orchard:
Engineering
Rich Rich:
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham:
Engineering assistant
Brandon Michael Collins:
Strings arrangement, Strings producer
Doug Sarrett:
Strings engineering
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent:
Mixing
Michael Freeman:
Mixing assistant
Zach Skelton:
Producer, Programming
David Angell:
Violin
Alicia Enstrom:
Violin
Betsy Lamb:
Viola
Paul Nelson:
Cello / contractor
Jack Jezzro:
String bass

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Patriot Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Session Strings recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Uno Mas, Brentwood, USA

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio:
EastWest Studios, Los Angeles, USA


Egypt Station (Deluxe edition)

Official album • Released in 2018

3:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Co-producer, Harpsichord, Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Keith Smith:
Engineering assistant
Ryan Tedder:
Backing vocals, Producer, Programming
Steve Orchard:
Engineering
Rich Rich:
Engineering
Jamie Kirkham:
Engineering assistant
Brandon Michael Collins:
Strings arrangement, Strings producer
Doug Sarrett:
Strings engineering
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent:
Mixing
Michael Freeman:
Mixing assistant
Zach Skelton:
Producer, Programming
David Angell:
Violin
Alicia Enstrom:
Violin
Betsy Lamb:
Viola
Paul Nelson:
Cello / contractor
Jack Jezzro:
String bass

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Patriot Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Session Strings recording:
Unknown dates
Studio:
Uno Mas, Brentwood, USA

Session Mixing:
2018 ?
Studio:
EastWest Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Videos

Live performances

“Fuh You” has been played in 4 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Fuh You” has been played



Secret New York Concert

Sep 07, 2018 • USA • New York • Grand Central Terminal


Secret gig at The Cavern Club

Jul 26, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • The Cavern Club


"Under The Staircase" Spotify show

Jul 23, 2018 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios

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AversaS

Jul 31, 2018 / 9pm

I wonder if this is a homage to Brute Force's "The King of Fuh."


The PaulMcCartney Project

Aug 01, 2018 / 7am

Interesting idea, AversaS ! Guess we will need to wait a bit before knowing more about each track of "Egypt Station" !


Richard

Aug 15, 2018 / 7pm

Absolutely awful track... been fan all my life is this is just so bad


The PaulMcCartney Project

Aug 16, 2018 / 5am

Thanks Richard. I will resist commenting - as I have realized that I often change my mind about a new song a few times before things settle !

Imo, McCartney often had low points even on his very good albums, and sometimes bad judgement to choose which track to issue as single - so in any case, looking forward to hear the entire album on September 7th !


Robert Bannon

Aug 27, 2018 / 9am

maybe the worst most embaressing track EVER, in a long line of turkeys.....The other me, the frog song, ebony n ivory, english tea, press, say say say..warm and horrible


The PaulMcCartney Project

Aug 27, 2018 / 9am

You forgot "Bip Bop" ;)