What was the first use of the work f*ck in music?

What was the first use of the work f*ck in music? When was it? No reason, just want to know…

Two or three possibilities.

MC5 “Kick Out The Jams” (!968). Are somewhat audible “Kick out the jams motherfuckers” could be heard.

John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” (1970), its pretty much out there to hear, though the lyric sheet has an asterisk where there are offending words.
An even earlier one, “Louie Louie” (1963) by the Kingsmen. maybe there are no dirty lyrics, but you can hear a very clear on-mike “fuck!” (maybe because of a missed chord or something).

Now I am sure someone will come along with an example from 1928…

The SDMB search engine is your friend.

First major songs with swearing in the lyrics.

I’m pretty sure there’s a “fuck” in Jelly Roll Morton’s Library of Congress recordings, but those “only” date from 1940…

From 1905, the Jean Havez tune Everybody Works But Father, that Fucking Deadbeat


It would have to be “The End” as performed by the Doors live at the hungry i, in 1966 just before they were discovered.

Not, of course, in the version recorded and released on their first album The Doors, in which the offending word was replaced by an inarticulate howl:

“Yes, son”
“I want to kill you”
“Mother, I want to…” …AAAUGHGHGHGH!!!

Well, at any rate, that performance was reconstructed in Oliver Stone’s film and of course Stone re-inserted the infamous F-word. Did he base it on eyewitness accounts of the show?

Here’s a link about some smutty pre-rock music:


I actually have the Copulatin’ Blues album … somewhere, someplace.

Listen carefully that part in the classic Kinks hit “You Really Got Me” (1965), just before the guitar solo, when Ray Davies yelps “Oooooh no!” That line was dubbed in to cover the sound of Dave Davies shouting “Fuck off!” in the background, but it’s still barely audible. More so on CD than vinyl.

Not if it’s not accurate! In the “classic rock era” The Fugs’ first album in 1966 had such classics as “Boobs a Lot,” “I feel Like Homemade Shit,” and “Nothing,” with the line, “Sucking–nothing, fucking–nothing.”

But Jelly Roll’s “Whining Boy,” which he claimed (he claimed a lot of things, many of them true) as one of the first songs he wrote, putting it shortly after the turn of the century, was a deusy. It was done to overcome the feminine impression people had of pianists. “Kinda smutty a bit. Not too smutty, but something like this,” then he launches into a song that’s jaw-droppingly smutty, considering it’s time. Most modern rockers would have to check their contracts before they tried to beat lines like, “I’ll fuck her 'til her pussy’s sore.”

dropzone. Where can I get a copy of the lyrics to “Whining Boy” ?

I’m just waiting to see something like a c.1600 piece for the lute entitled “Sumertim is gud fur ficken” :smiley:

Until then, it seems that old “rugby songs” are the first noted thus far in this thread. I found these on a similarly titled site to which I am hestitant to link to, as it seems to contain links.

It goes on, but that seems to be the sole reference to “f*ck”.

Daltrey: I really wanna know: Who the fuck are you?

It’s gotta be an early contender.

If you’re nice to me I could transcribe them, but that one line gives you the flavor of the song.

The earliest I could find was some sheet music for the Gentlemen with a Decidedly Rougish Air About Them version of "Fuck the Local Constabulary, What?

It’s not even Daltrey’s first use of the word on record: Listen to the last line of “Young Man Blues” off Live at Leeds, recorded eight years earlier.