Forget You – Unpacking the Heartbreak Anthem of a Generation


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Cee-Lo's Forget You at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. A Ferrari or True Love? Debating Materialism in Relationships
  5. ‘I Pity the Fool’: Drawing Parallels with Pop Culture Icons
  6. Unpacking the Hidden Hurt Behind the Upbeat Refrain
  7. ‘Ain’t That Some Sh*t?’: Memorable Lines That Bite with Irony
  8. ‘And although there’s pain in my chest, I still wish you the best’: The Complexity of Moving On

Lyrics

[Chorus]

I see you driving ’round town

With the girl I love and I’m like,

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

I guess the change in my pocket

Wasn’t enough I’m like,

Forget you!

And forget her too!

Said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya

Ha, now ain’t that some shit? (ain’t that some shit?)

And although there’s pain in my chest

I still wish you the best with a

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

Yeah I’m sorry, I can’t afford a Ferrari,

But that don’t mean I can’t get you there.

I guess he’s an Xbox and I’m more Atari,

About the way you play your game ain’t fair.

I pity the fool that falls in love with you

(Oh shit she’s a gold digger)

Well

(Just thought you should know nigga)

Ooooooh

I’ve got some news for you

Yeah go run and tell your little boyfriend

I see you driving ’round town

With the girl I love and I’m like,

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

I guess the change in my pocket

Wasn’t enough I’m like,

Forget you!

And forget her too!

Said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya

Ha, now ain’t that some shit? (ain’t that some shit?)

And although there’s pain in my chest

I still wish you the best with a

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

Now I know, that I had to borrow,

Beg and steal and lie and cheat.

Trying to keep ya, trying to please ya.

‘Cause being in love with your a** ain’t cheap.

I pity the fool that falls in love with you

(Oh shit she’s a gold digger)

Well

(Just thought you should know nigga)

Ooooooh

I’ve got some news for you

Ooh, I really hate your ass right now

I see you driving ’round town

With the girl I love and I’m like,

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

I guess the change in my pocket

Wasn’t enough I’m like,

Forget you!

And forget her too!

Said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya

Ha, now ain’t that some shit? (ain’t that some shit?)

And although there’s pain in my chest

I still wish you the best with a

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

Now baby, baby, baby

Why d’you wanna wanna hurt me so bad?

(So bad, so bad, so bad)

I tried to tell my momma but she told me

“This is one for your dad”

(Your dad, your dad, your dad)

Yes she did

And I was like

Uh! Whhhy? Uh! Whhhy? Uh!

Whhhy lady? Oh! I love you oh!

I still love you. Oooh!

I see you driving ’round town

With the girl I love and I’m like,

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

I guess the change in my pocket

Wasn’t enough I’m like,

Forget you!

And forget her too!

Said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya

Ha, now ain’t that some shit? (ain’t that some shit?)

And although there’s pain in my chest

I still wish you the best with a

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

Full Lyrics

An infectious melody paired with a soulful lament, ‘Forget You’ by Cee-Lo Green taps into the rhythm of broken hearts. Released in 2010, this track instantly resonated with audiences worldwide, becoming much more than a catchy tune; it became a therapeutic utterance for the spurned and the heartbroken.

Yet, despite its widespread play and hum-along appeal, there’s a labyrinth of meaning woven into the song’s seemingly simple lyrics. What at first listen might appear to be a jaunty jilted-lover’s rant, reveals itself as a multi-layered narrative upon closer examination, exploring themes of wealth inequality, unreciprocated love, and societal expectations in romance.

A Ferrari or True Love? Debating Materialism in Relationships

As Cee-Lo juxtaposes an ‘Xbox’ to his ‘Atari’, the disparity in material wealth becomes a central theme. The singer humorously trivializes his economic status in the face of his former lover’s new, wealthier beau, yet beneath the comical simile lies a critical commentary on love in a material world. Here, the song offers a timely meditation on what ‘enough’ truly means when it comes to affairs of the heart.

Amidst the surface-level humor, Cee-Lo raises deeper existential questions about the role of affluence in personal dynamics. Is the affection one can provide overshadowed by what one can purchase? And is love’s sustainability threatened by the relentless pursuit of material wealth?

‘I Pity the Fool’: Drawing Parallels with Pop Culture Icons

Interspersed within the lyrics is the refrain ‘I pity the fool,’ a phrase indelibly linked to Mr. T’s character from the A-Team. While cleverly acknowledging his own heartache, Cee-Lo appropriates this signature line to express sympathy—not for himself, but for anyone who falls for the superficial charms of his gold-digging ex.

This substantive invocation does more than paint his ex in negative strokes; it channels a larger narrative on the wisdom of experiencing love, the eventual enlightenment that comes from pain, and the shared human experience of learning lessons the hard way.

Unpacking the Hidden Hurt Behind the Upbeat Refrain

At the heart of ‘Forget You”s ostensible levity is a deeply felt pain. The cheerful, doo-wop-infused facade is a stark contrast to the raw emotional undercurrent of the song. Herein lies its hidden meaning: the cathartic release of singing along to an upbeat anthem, all while nursing a private agony.

Cee-Lo masterfully creates a dichotomy between the toe-tapping rhythm and the gut-wrenching emotion of unrequited love, suggesting that sometimes, the most potent coping mechanism is to belt out one’s blues in plain sight.

‘Ain’t That Some Sh*t?’: Memorable Lines That Bite with Irony

‘Said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya. Ha, now ain’t that some shit?’ These lines underscore the song’s essential irony. In them, Cee-Lo confronts the brutal honesty of his situation: his romantic undoing was not a fault of character but rather a circumstance of his finances—an insight steeped in wry wit.

These memorable lines do not merely linger in the listener’s ear; they echo a societal sentiment, resonating with anyone who has ever felt inadequate due to economic status. The irony serves as a bitter pill, sugar-coated in the grand production of the track.

‘And although there’s pain in my chest, I still wish you the best’: The Complexity of Moving On

In what may be the song’s most poignant revelation, Cee-Lo expresses a contradictory wish: success for the very person who left him lamenting. It’s a mature acknowledgment of the complex emotions that follow a breakup, where one can harbor both resentment and a genuine desire for the other’s happiness.

This emotionally generous sentiment is reflective of the song’s overarching thesis on human relationships. It’s an understanding that love and heartbreak are not merely aspects of life to be forgotten, but rather, to be learnt from and reflected upon as pillars of personal growth.

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