Thursday, April 01, 2010

For April Fool's Day Or Just Fools In Love?

"Everybody plays the fool, sometime There's no exception to the rule Listen, baby, it may be factual, may be cruel I want to tell ya Everybody plays the fool..." (by J.R. Bailey, Rudy Clark, Ken Williams.

The internet is full of articles on April Fool's Day and its origin. It would be interesting to find out more. Yes, it's the big day to-day and below is a list of 60s and 70s songs with the word fool:

Fools Rush In ~ Elvis Presley A Fool Such As I - Elvis Presley or The Clovers Fool, Fool, Fool - Elvis Presley Fool - Elvis Presley Chain Of Fools ~ Aretha Franklin What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers Why Do Fools Fall In Love? ~ Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers

What Kind Of Fool Am I? Sammy Davis Jr/Anthony Newley The Fool On The Hill - The Beatles Won't Get Fooled Again ~ The Who Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson April Fool's Day - Marty Robbins April Fools - Nina N Fredrick.

Everybody Plays The Fool - The Manhattans Fool For You - The Impressions A Fool In Love - Ike, Tina Turner Fool #1 - Brenda Lee Foolish Little Girl - Shirelles It Takes A Fool To Learn - The Spinners Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Connie Francis She's A Fool - Lesley Gore I'm A Fool - Dino, Desi, Billy Love's Made A Fool Of You - Bobby Fuller Four

And then there are songs without the 4 letter word but with similar themes: Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson Send In The Clowns - Judy Collins or Barbra Striesand Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone - The Monkees Cool Jerk - The Capitols

In certain songs the themes of sadness, anger, depression, defiance, distraction and hopelessness reveal themselves in the lyrics. But then could these feelings be more an indication of realisation before wisdom strikes a chord?

"I've gotta stand tall,/You know a man can't crawl,/But when he knows you tell lies,/And he hears 'em passin' by,/He's not a man at all. (by: Don & Phil Everly)"

Not much of an April Fool's song posting? Make it funny then. If you remember other songs with a similar theme, please contribute.

1 "Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." - Mark Twain.

2 "Looking foolish does the spirit good." - John Updike.
Images: Google.
Original article: Andy Lim
Information: Many websites abound.


Teoh said...

I saw Ricky Nelson's song "Poor Little Fool" in this list.

Andy, it was through one of your earlier post that I got to know Ricky Nelson.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks BC. Glad you're back and blogging again. Ricky Nelson was a shining star and Poor Little Fool is still one of my favourite pieces.

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