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Fool

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Words & Music: Carl Sigman/ James Last
Fool, you didn't have to hurt her
Fool, you didn't have to lose her
Fool, you only had to love her
But now her love is gone

Fool, you could have made her want you
Fool, you could have made her love you
Fool, you only had to love her
But now her love is gone

Gone now, the love and laughter
See yourself the morning after
Can't you see her eyes are misty
As she said good-bye

Fool, you didn't have to hurt her
Fool, you didn't have to lose her
Fool, you only had to love her
But now your love is gone

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Fool, you only had to love her
But now her love is gone

Fool, you could have made her want you
Fool, you could have made her love you
Fool, you only had to love her
But now her love is gone

Fool, you didn't have to hurt her
Fool, you didn't have to lose her
Fool, you only had to love her
Recorded: 1972/03/28, first released on single

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ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2014report abuse
I've always liked this song immensely and I've never skipped it. Elvis' rendition of it was passionate, soulful, brilliant and committed. I like the piano intro immensely too. My favorite version of this ballad was first issued on the "Elvis Aron Presley - Silver Box Set".
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 7, 2013report abuse
I always consider this as Always On My Mind part 2. Not as as good as the latter but a fine strong vocal effort that seems to have disappeared under the radar for most folk including Elvis fans. It was an 'A' side in the UK and broke into the Top Twenty and is worth 4 stars in my book.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 5, 2013report abuse
This song always gets to me. I feel Elvis' pain. A great trio:Fool, Always on my mind, Seperate ways.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2011report abuse
Don't know where Elvis was going with type of ballad, and with his opinion of "Burning Love" that he didn't like the song,I feared for his future,but we know what happened there.
serious1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2010report abuse
FOOL is a classic Elvis ballad full of emotion and real feeling!-i am really looking foward to getting the new RCA/FTD 2 cd deluxe edition of the 1973 album by RCA "ELVIS"(the fool album as it's known)..i'm hoping that FTD reelase some very good outtakes on this new expanded 2 CD edition aswell as undubbed version of the title track?(fool)TCB.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2010report abuse
Another of Elvis' outstanding ballads from the '70's. Elvis' vocals soar after a very subdued start and he really makes this track special. This is the first record I ever bought and I played the A-side ("Steamroller Blues") a lot more than this one, but as I have gotten older, I like "Fool" every bit as much, if not more than SB. I remember the day I bought this record and I took it to my Grandmother's house and I was playing it on her Airline record player when one of my older cousins told me how much she liked the song "Fool" (as opposed to the side I was playing), so I played it for her. This was not a bad choice for a single, especially as a B-side and the move paid off with SB hitting the pop top 20 and "Fool" hitting #12 on the easy listening chart and #31 on the country chart (even though it isn't really a country song). 4 1/2 stars.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2010report abuse
Strictly MOR and very repetitious. After Burning Love, the numerous ballads blended into each other with none being on the level of the great 1969 Memphis soul ballads. There is nothing wrong with a good ballad, but The King had gone soft too many times with bland material.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2010report abuse
Love those overblown, big-voiced '70s ballads more than any R & R he ever sang except Big Hunk 'O Love and Burning Love. Keep singing those ballads with the "heavenly" choir E.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2010report abuse
A song that I like but never seem to play nowadays.
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2010report abuse
I love it. One in a trio with Always On My Mind and Separate Ways, all with the piano prominent. Also it has happy, nostalgic memories for me, from Easter 1973.
GeoElvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2010report abuse
Beautiful Song from the heart. Love the piano intro! 5stars.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2009report abuse
I've removed Fool from my private singles collection CDR's. I replaced it with For The Good Times.
When I first heard it I liked the intro and thought that this must be great! But, what happened to Elvis here, I really can't tell. It starts off slow, takes off....to nowhere! Overblown dramatic which ruined the pleasure for me! When I play this, I play only the first minute or so and turn it off!
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2009report abuse
I like this one. I can kinda see the "boring" criticism, but I think that is more about the production than anything else. I wish he would have sung this one live. Reminds me a little of "I'm Leavin'"--which is another one I like a lot. They both have a vulnerability in the vocal not often heard in Elvis songs from the 1970s
Jim Hoff (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2009report abuse
The Fool is much better, and (Now And Then There's a)Fool Such As I is even better. Foolish comment?
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2009report abuse
As weird as it may sound, the only thing I like about this song is the intro (piano part) of Glen Hardin at the beginning...
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2009report abuse
Not a great song and a bit boring. Bad choice for a single. Unfortunately, this this type of song was all too common in the 70's as Elvis was getting less good original material to record and was wearing his divorce on his sleeve.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2009report abuse
I like it, but I do agree that it´s a bit boring. So it was not hit material. But a lot of the seventies stuff was like that. They were often nice but wouldn´t have done well as single releases.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2009report abuse
I like this track, I don't listen to it that frequently but I do enjoy it when I hear it (usually on randon play on the MP3). In honesty, the Fool album is not one that I often reach for either but again I do like it - there is just so much other Elvis material I would rather listen to.
Bart van Katwijk (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2009report abuse
LOve this one although it brings back some sad memories
commoneverybody (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2009report abuse
The song starts very lovely, but after a while its getting boring. Not a great track in my opinion, and a song i hardly listen to.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on May 2, 2008report abuse
A pleasant Elvis ballad for the 70s that is seldom heard, which is a pity for it's a good recording.

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