40 Classic Rock Songs with Curse Words…Including “Hey Jude”

Explicit lyrics in music aren’t new.  You can go back DECADES and find dirty words in popular songs.  UltimateClassicRock.com put together a list of 40 songs from the glory days with curse words.  Here are 10 examples:

  • “Who Are You” by The Who:  “Who the [eff] are you?”
  • “Money” by Pink Floyd:  “Don’t give me that do goody-good [B.S.].”
  • “Jet Airliner” by the Steve Miller Band:  “I don’t want to get caught up in any of that funky [stuff] goin’ down in the city.”
  • “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles:  “We’ve been up and down this highway, haven’t seen a [Gosh darn] thing.”
  • “Hair of the Dog” by Nazareth:  “Now you’re messin’ with a son of a [B-word].
  • “The [B-word] is Back” by Elton John:  (The B-word gets repeated over and over again.)
  • “Lawyers, Guns and Money” by Warren Zevon:  Send lawyers, guns and money.  The [poop] has hit the fan!”
  • “Laura” by Billy Joel:  “Here I am, feeling like [an effing] fool.”
  • “Hey Jude” by The Beatles:  “[Effing] hell!”  (???)

Yes, this is real . . . but it’s so hard to make out that if you’ve never heard the story, you probably never even noticed it. According to the Beatles sound engineer, PAUL MCCARTNEY shouted it after botching a note, and JOHN LENNON insisted they leave it in.  He said, quote, “Most people won’t ever spot it . . . but we’ll know it’s there.” And yes…it’s in the version we play. Shhhhh!

(The F-bomb happens at 2:58.)