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Fuck Was I

"Fuck Was I" is a song by Jenny Owen Youngs, from her 2005 album Batten the Hatches. Its name refers to the phrase "What the fuck was I thinking?"[1]

Youngs wrote it "between (her) junior and senior years at SUNY Purchase".[2] She is accompanied by Dan Romer (organ) and Patrick Petty (cello).[3]


Spin called it a "stand-out"[4] — an opinion shared by Autostraddle, who also called it a "stirring anthem for the regretful".[5] MusicOMH considered it "rueful",[6] while LA Weekly described it as an "antilove song" that evinces Youngs' "unexpectedly wicked sense of humor".[1] Pop Matters described it as "attention-grabbing" and "charming at first", but faulted it for being "a little too self-conscious" with some lyrics that are "overwrought", judging that it was "an example of all that is both right and wrong with Batten the Hatches".[3]


  1. ^ a b Rock Picks: Iron & Wine, Mika Miko, the Vaselines, Extra Golden, at LA Weekly; published May 6, 2009; retrieved July 11, 2017
  2. ^ Annotated: Jenny Owen Youngs “Fuck Was I”, at Autostraddle; published June 28, 2016; retrieved July 11, 2017
  3. ^ a b Batten the Hatches, reviewed by Michael Metivier, at PopMatters; published July 5, 2007; retrieved July 11, 2017
  4. ^ Spotlight: Jenny Owen Youngs, at Spin; published April 10, 2007; retrieved July 11, 2017
  5. ^ Jenny Owen Youngs Is Super Gay: The Autostraddle Interview, at Autostraddle; published June 12, 2013; retrieved July 11, 2017
  6. ^ Jenny Owen Youngs – Batten The Hatches, by Andy Jex, at MusicOMH; published September 24, 2007; retrieved July 11, 2017