Thursday Inspiration #140 What a Fool Believes

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word fool, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘What a Fool Believes’, or by going with another song by The Doobie Brothers, or anything else that you think fits.  ‘What a Fool Believes’ is a Kenny Loggins song that made it big with The Doobie Brothers.  It was written by Kenny Loggins and the Doobie Brothers lead singer Michael McDonald and Loggins released it 5 months before the Doobie’s version.  They released it on their 1978 album Minute by Minute and it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it only got to #31 in the UK.  It received Grammy Awards in 1980 for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

1979 marked the end of Disco and this song was one of the few non-disco #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 during the first eight months of 1979.  This year was dominated by the Bee Gees, Chic, Rod Stewart, Gloria Gaynor, Peaches & Herb and Donna Summer and this song fits into what is termed the Yacht Rock genre.  The song is about a man who broke up with this girl a while back and now they reunited to talk.  The man sees her as an old love interest and he attempts to rekindle a romantic relationship with her before discovering that one never really existed.  These two people meet in a restaurant after a period of absence, and he gets it in his head that they had a passionate relationship long ago.  To the man, the affair was the best thing in his life, but it didn’t mean all that much to the woman.  For her, it’s just a cordial get-together to have a drink, and although she thought that it was fun, she knew that it was time to move on.  The man makes a complete fool out of himself when the woman excuses herself to leave, he doesn’t get the message, believing he still has a shot and that their affair was much more meaningful than it actually was.  Love makes a man a fool, as they see things from different perspectives and even a wise one can’t reason it away.

Michael McDonald worked out the first verse of this song and he jotted it down on an envelope while he was on a flight from New York back to L.A.  This song kind of just popped into his head and he had been messing around with the piano verse for the better part of a year.  When McDonald got stuck on the bridge of the song, Doobie Brothers bassist Tiran Porter mentioned to McDonald that he had run into singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins and told him that Kenny wanted to write with him.  They spoke on the phone and Kenny drive down the next day from his home in Encino to Michael’s house in Los Angeles.  Before Kenny arrived, Michael was at the piano playing unfinished songs to see if they’d be good ones for them to work on.  Just as he finished playing the verse to ‘What a Fool Believes’, Kenny arrived at the door.  Kenny asked what he was playing and he said, “That’s what I want to work on first.”

Anybody else would surely know
He’s watching her go

But a fool believes he sees
The wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be

18 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration #140 What a Fool Believes

  1. I think Michael McDonald is a great singer but I’ve taken abuse from his fans when I’ve said he sounds like he has a mouth full of marbles while singing…I don’t mean that in a bad way….he sounds great and unique.

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  2. I’ve always been a big fan of Elvis…..no! not that one.

    Daddy’s best girl in the world is not supposed to have a boyfriend
    But she’s never wanted at home
    Other girls are allowed to wear their makeup
    She sneaks out her lipstick, powder, and comb
    She surrounds his name with hearts and flowers
    Talks on the telephone for hours and hours
    With the bird in his hand
    And two on a string
    The words of love have an imitation ring

    You little fool, little fool, little fool
    I suppose that you’re going to stay all night
    You little fool, little fool, little fool
    Don’t look at me that way, you know it isn’t right
    You little fool, little fool, little fool
    You little fool, little fool, little fool
    You little fool, little fool, little fool

    They say no news is good news
    The little girl wants information
    Mother just gives her some pills to choose
    And says go and use your imagination

    Daddy’s best girl in the world says, “just look what I have got”
    As she sits beside him on the high stool
    With his arm around her neck, snowball in one hand
    And the other full of imitation jewels
    She fingers a string of pearls
    An imitation but he’ll never know it
    Imitation lashes flutter above
    Looking for an imitation of love

    You little fool, little fool, little fool
    I suppose that you’re going to stay all night
    You little fool, little fool, little fool
    Don’t look at me that way, you know it isn’t right
    You little fool, little fool, little fool
    You little fool, little fool, little fool
    You little fool, little fool, little fool

    Source: LyricFind

    Songwriters: Elvis Costello

    You Little Fool lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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