Song of the Day #1,061: ‘Forget You’ – Gwyneth Paltrow

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances – Season 2
#9 – ‘Forget You’ – Holly Holiday

It wasn’t Country Strong but Glee that started Gwyneth Paltrow down the path of a career in music. I don’t know whether that’s worthy of thanks or blame.

Paltrow doesn’t have much of a voice… unlike, say, Zooey Deschanel, there’s no way she would have landed a recording contract without her previous fame as an actress. But the joy with which she tackles this unlikely career turn is infectious. I find myself wanting her to do well.

Her turn as Holly Holiday, a substitute teacher who sparks the kids and has an affair with Mr. Schuester, was a highlight of Season Two, and it’s certain to land her an Emmy nomination. I think they dragged her arc on about one episode too long, but she provided snarky fun throughout her stint.

Musically, the highlight of Paltrow’s guest starring turn was her very first number, Cee-Lo’s ‘Forget You.’ She made enough of a splash with this giddy performance to earn a spot on the Grammys, performing a duet with a chicken-suited Cee-Lo.

I see you drivin round town with the guy I love
And I’m like, forget you
I guess the change in my pocket Wasn’t enough
I’m like, forget you and forget him too

Said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya
Huh, now ain’t that some sh.. (Ain’t that some sh..)
And although there’s pain in my chest
I still wish you the best with a
Forget you

Yeah I’m sorry, I can’t afford a Ferrari,
But that don’t mean I can’t get you there
I guess she’s an Xbox and I’m more an Atari,
Mmm, but the way you play your game ain’t fair

I pity the fool that falls in love with you
(Ooo, she’s a gold digger)
Well
(Just thought you should know nig**)
Ooooooh
I’ve got some news for you
Yeah, go run and tell your little girlfriend

I see you drivin round town with the guy I love
And I’m like, forget you
I guess the change in my pocket wasn’t enough
I’m like, forget you and forget him too

Said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya
Now ain’t that some sh.. (Ain’t that some sh..)
And although there’s pain in my chest
I still wish you the best with a
Forget you

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 face ain’t cheap

I pity the fool that falls in love with you
(Ooo, she’s a gold digger)
Well
(Just thought you should know nig**)
Ooooooh
I’ve got some news for you
Oo, I really hate you right now

I see you drivin round town with the guy I love
And I’m like, forget you
I guess the change in my pocket wasn’t enough
I’m like, forget you and forget him too

Said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya
Huh, now ain’t that some sh.. (Ain’t that some sh..)
And although there’s pain in my chest
I still wish you the best with a
Forget you

Now baby, baby, baby, why d’you wanna wanna hurt me so bad?
(So bad, so bad, so bad)
I tried to tell my mamma but she told me
“This is one for your dad”
(Your dad, your dad, your dad)
(Uh!) Why? (Uh!) Why? (Uh!)
Why baby? (Uh!) I love you
I still love you
Oooh!

I see you drivin round town with the guy I love
And I’m like, forget you (Forget you)
I guess the change in my pocket wasn’t enough
I’m like, forget you and forget him too

Said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya
Huh, now ain’t that some sh.. (Ain’t that some sh..)
Although there’s pain in my chest
I still wish you the best with a
Forget you

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,061: ‘Forget You’ – Gwyneth Paltrow

  1. Amy says:

    Not to mention this was a wonderful way to introduce the song to those of us who are “like 40” rather than “top 40.” Of course (maybe as a result of this spark?), Cee-Lo has since become ubiquitous. Still, I remember playing this song – then its counterpart – to my small class of seniors at the end of class one day, and even a couple of them weren’t familiar with “F&%* You” at the time.

    I love this (the original) song so much that I couldn’t be more pleased and grateful that Cee-Lo allowed, hell, encouraged, a cover of the song while his own was still such a recent release. In retrospect, it seems like the move of a genius, but I’m sure there were those in his inner circles who raised their eyebrows when he said he’d given Glee permission to use the song, and Gwyneth Paltrow would be the one performing it!

    And, yes, Holly Holiday overstayed her welcome just a smidge but was still a highlight of the season, for certain. My favorite moments – the little glimpses into the classrooms where she was substituting. Wish we’d had even more of those!

  2. pegclifton says:

    I thought Paltrow was just wonderful on Glee. I too loved the glimpses into her “teaching methods”. I think these appearances helped her with her fans as she was getting some flak on her “life style” with all the chi chi chef and organic stuff. Just saying.

  3. Dana says:

    I don’t see why it was such a bold move for Cee Lo to allow this song to be sung on Glee, or by Paltrow on Glee. In fact, I think at this point, record companies are probably adding to every artist contract that they must be willing to serve their songs up on Glee (or Idol or the Voice, etc) if the show is interested in doing it.

    Anyway, I was aware of the song before Glee (perhaps from your SOTD blog?), but still loved hearing it done by Paltrow on Glee. This is really a song I just never get tired of hearing no matter how many times it is played. It’s just that good.

  4. Daniel says:

    this version was actually the first time I had ever heard this song and I really liked it although her voice i much different from Cee Lo’s it sounds good with her voice too!

  5. Maddie says:

    I haven’t really liked her voice singing anything else as much as i did when she sang this on Glee… I knew the song before, so I really enjoyed what she brought to it. Even the joy she brought was great, even though it is a little out of place for the song. XD

  6. Kerrie Rueda says:

    Sorry I didn’t get to respond yesterday; I was otherwise occupied for most of the day, but I wanted to get my two cents in on this.

    First of all, Gwyneth Paltrow first went public with the singing bit a few years back with the movie “Duets.” In fact, the song she sang in that movie, a duet called “Cruisin'” that she did with HUEY LEWIS, is still in rotation on some of the adult “lite rock” stations from time to time. I thought she had a pretty good voice back then, and I still like her singing, but I don’t think she has the power behind it to really be considered a singer and start releasing her own albums, etc.

    That said, I did love this version of the song (and hadn’t heard the original when I first heard this), and thought she brought a fun energy to her time on Glee. I agree about the one episode too many idea a few of you have mentioned, but I loved the clips of her in class, and the “Singing in the Rain/Umbrella” mash-up is still one of my favorites from this season.

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