Sep 272013

I heard a song this morning about fools that is my favorite song by the artist performing it. Then it occurred to me that my favorite song by another artists concerns fools. There may be a lot of songs about fools, which I find amusing because unless we’re Mr. T, do we call anyone a “fool” that often?

I pity the fool that runs out of songs about fools. Go!


  69 Responses to “Last Man Standing: Fools”

  1. trigmogigmo

    World Party’s “Ship of Fools” is great in so many ways and details! Lyrically and musically.

  2. Ship of Fools by the Grateful Dead

  3. I guess we could have done an entire LMS on “Ship of Fools.” The John Cale song by that title is one of the 2 songs that came to mind for me this morning.

    Last Man Standing!

  4. BigSteve

    Charlie Rich/Bobby Bland, Who Will the Next Fool Be?

  5. Ship of Fools – the Doors

  6. Suburban kid

    I Pity the Fool – David Bowie

  7. 2000 Man

    Fool to Cry, Keith’s favorite time to nap on the 76 tour!

  8. cherguevara

    Fools In Love – Joe Jacksonberg

  9. No one’s yet mentioned the song that inspired today’s LMS, so I’ll leave that one out there, but before I forget…Elvis Costello’s “You Little Fool.”

  10. misterioso

    Oh, let’s not forget Chris Rea’s “Fool if You Think It’s Over,” Nice scarf, dude!

  11. cherguevara

    Fool In The Rain – Led Zepbaum

  12. How often is there a Foghat ref in these hallowed Hall?

    “Fool for the City”


  13. Suburban kid

    Sam Cooke – Fool’s Paradise

  14. cherguevara

    Wide Eyed Fools – Bettie Serveertstein

  15. hrrundivbakshi

    “Fools,” Van Fucking Halen

  16. Since I try to take any occasion to mention RIck Nelson here – “Poor LIttle Fool”.

  17. mockcarr

    Fool On The Hill by those ancient longhaired guys from England

  18. River of Fools – Los Lobos

  19. misterioso

    Obviously “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Bros.

  20. 2000 Man

    Fool For Your Lovin’ – Whitesnake. Just cuz they could probably kick Foghat’s asses.

  21. machinery

    Why do fools fall in love?

  22. machinery

    Forgot Fool Too Long — Rockpile.

  23. 2000 Man

    Tom Petty – Fooled Again (I don’t like it). Poor Tom.

  24. No no no…….

  25. sammymaudlin

    Fool On The Hill (German True Stereo Version)


  26. I’ll cheat on the part of speech and say “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”. Elvin Bishop, I think.

  27. 2000 Man

    Everybody Plays the Fool – The Main Ingredient

    I think the main ingredient turned out to be chicken.

  28. Chain of Fools – Aretha

  29. ladymisskirroyale

    Paul Weller – “Uh Huh, Oh Yeah!” (Always There to Fool Ya)

  30. ladymisskirroyale

    And for a video daily double (the only music video I can think of that features a fool – or in this case, a whole bunch of them):

  31. That’s the one that sent me down Fools Lane!

  32. “I’m a Fool” by Dino, Desi & Billy

  33. ladymisskirroyale

    Fool’s Gold – Stone Roses

  34. Graham Parker & the Rumour’s “Fool’s Gold”

  35. trigmogigmo

    The Fixx “The Fool”. Dig the synthesizer & guitar work / ear candy.

  36. cliff sovinsanity

    The Fool – Neutral Milk Hotel

  37. H. Munster

    Another one by Ricky Nelson, Al. “Fools Rush In”.

  38. cliff sovinsanity

    The Blasters – Fool’s Paradise

  39. H. Munster

    “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)”

    The Tams had a hit with it in 1963-64:

    Then Bill Deal and the Rhondels had a hit with it in 1969:

    But the best version is by Del Shannon:

  40. The Black Crowes – Only a Fool

  41. Everybody’s Fool – Teenage Fanclub

  42. H. Munster

    Frankie Valli — “I Make A Fool of Myself”

  43. “What kind of fool am I” Sammy Davis Jr.

  44. BigSteve

    Wow Del Shannon’s vocal on that song is incredible. Maybe I should get that last album of his.

  45. BigSteve

    Lieber & Stoller’s Fools Fall in Love, first recorded by the Drifters, but also redone in a very rocked up big band version by Elvis in 1966:

  46. H. Munster

    Connie Francis — “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”

  47. BigSteve

    Love’s Made a Fool of You, a Buddy Holly song recorded by the Crickets after Buddy’s death, covered here by the Bobby Fuller Four:

  48. Um, people. “Won’t Get Fooled Again”?
    Admittedly, it’s no Doobie Brothers.

  49. Maybe that’s stayed on the board so long because people were trying to stay away from variations on the word “fool.” I think that Elvin Bishop song was the only other variation presented so far. You guys have worked hard. Feel free to bring other sorts of fools to the table!

  50. H. Munster

    In that case, “Foolish Little Girl” by the Shirelles

  51. Fine.

    f-f-f “Foolin'” – Def Lep


  52. April Fool by Chalk Circle.

  53. H. Munster

    “If You Got to Make a Fool of Somebody” — James Ray

  54. Only a Fool Would Say That – Steely Dan

  55. H. Munster

    “She’s A Fool’ — Leslie Gore

  56. Doing What Comes Easy to a Fool – Junior Brown

  57. H. Munster

    “Fools Hall of Fame” — Pat Boone

  58. The Strokes – Taken for a Fool

  59. H. Munster

    Brenda Lee — “Fool Number One”

  60. Tegan and Sara – I Was A Fool

  61. H. Munster

    “The Fool” — Quicksilver Messenger Service

  62. Kissing a Fool – George Michael

  63. misterioso

    Muddy Waters, “Still a Fool.”

  64. H. Munster

    “Seven Day Fool” — Etta James

  65. The Shins – “For a Fool”

  66. misterioso

    Carla Thomas, “What a Fool I’ve Been”

  67. Dr. Dog – “What a Fool”

  68. H. Munster

    “Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool for You Baby) by Lulu

    Last man standing!

  69. H. Munster

    “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” Chris Rhea

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