"What A Fool Believes" as written by Kenny Loggins and Michael Macdonald....
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  • +13
    General CommentYou guys are near, but not quite. I read from an interview with Mcdonald that this song is about two people that used to date a long time ago and suddenly they encounter again randomly, so they make an appointment to talk in a restaurant. The thing is that within this restaurant date, the guy is in this awkward moment because he is telling the woman old stories about when they used to date and he realizes that she really doesn´t care about them. For the guy, she is the love of her life and he still can´t let her go, but for her he was just some guy from a long time ago and doesn´t care anymore. So here he is, at the end of the date, and he knows that he is not going to see her again, but still in a foolish way believes that in a mysterious way she is one dat going to show up and tell him she is in love with him, but for everyone it is obvious that she doesn´t care for him.
    Arthoson August 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe explanation Arthos gives makes so much sense. I had a similar conversation with one of my best friends from childhood. I was recounting stories of things he and I did as kids; adventures we had; pranks we played. These are memories that have meant a lot to me over the years. At one point he said, "Gosh, how do you remember this stuff? I honestly don't have that many memories from when we were kids". For me, those memories had a place in my life. For him, they never made him think twice. Those events were more significant to me than they were to him.

    As far as the song goes, I see it coming from the perspective of the guy. Over the years he has cherished memories of this girl and the times they had. All this time he thought she shared those memories too. And, now that they are together again, he thinks he can rekindle the relationship by recounting them. Unfortunately, she either forgot them, or never saw those experiences as important in the first place. He had always reserved a place for her in his memories, but she didn't do him the same courtesy. The more he tries to share what he sees as a common bond, the more it alienates her. Even as he thinks he is making progress, she is slipping away.
    speedygon December 14, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song was about me... a fool who believed there was something there but there was nothing at all.
    olenon April 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite Doobie Brothers song. It's all so chill: the melody, the lyrics. As weird as it sounds, I feel like I'm transported back into 1978, a year I was never around to begin with. Truly a warm, amazing song.
    ferret111on January 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI agree with all above, except for these two lines:

    "She had a place in his life" I think this is from her point of view. At one time long ago, she wanted to be with him and have a place in his life. This is also saying he never made the comittment to her.

    "He never made her think twice" , and probably took her for granted. She eventually moved on,and he never gave her reason to think twice about leaving him, she felt there was no hope.

    As time went by, the guy meets her again and thinks she will return, but he has never come to terms with the fact that she has moved on, and for him, it is better to believe they will someday get together, than to admit and realize there is nothing at all.

    What a great song and lyrics.. I like the fact that the song can carry so many different meanings.
    mlomaon November 29, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionMloma has it nailed...almost...

    and here is why...We have a tenancy not to age the people we have loved or love over long periods of time.
    We view this relationship as static...everything sort of freezes until the next interaction or meeting "updates" our memory.

    Here is what I would add...she once loved him...at the time he was not ready...since then, over time, she moved on. Time passes and he now believes there is a place in her life but now she has moved on.
    bk1841on June 09, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it meant she was scarred from a past relationship and now the guy who loves her now has no idea how she was ruined for love by someone else.."somewhere back in her long ago" gave me reason to think that.
    halo214on May 05, 2016   Link
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    General CommentA lot of people seem to think this is a break up song or about getting rejecting, and I guess that's a valid interpretation, but to me it depicts the crumbling of a relationship that never that never took shape.

    The protagonist likely doesn't even have a strong platonic connection with the woman in question, but rather a cursory one. And when you're lonely what seems to be is always better than nothing. What a devastating notion to wrap your head around.
    HansLucason July 21, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about thinking about a situation like love in a stupid way and not being able to convice the guy any other way.
    kfe2on February 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great song, one of my favourites from the late 70s/early 80s. reminds me of kelly rutherford...dont ask.
    beatrizon March 28, 2006   Link

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