"What A Fool Believes" as written by Kenny Loggins and Michael Macdonald....
He came from somewhere back in her long ago
The sentimental fool don't see trying hard to recreate
What had yet to be created once in her life

She musters a smile for his nostalgic tale
Never coming near what he wanted to say
Only to realize
It never really was

She had a place in his life
He never made her think twice
As he rises to her apology
Anybody else would surely know
He's watching her go

But what a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be
Is always better than nothing
And nothing at all keeps sending him

Somewhere back in her long ago
Where he can still believe there's a place in her life
Someday, somewhere, she will return

She had a place in his life
He never made her think twice
As he rises to her apology
Anybody else would surely know
He's watching her go

But what a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be (if love can come and love can go, then why can't love return once more?)
Is always better than nothing (fool's got the power)
There's nothing at all (oh, now)
But what a fool believes he sees (i believe she's never gone away)

No wise man has the power
To reason away (to reason away)
What seems to be (oh, if love can come and love can go, oh, mama)
Is always better than nothing (better than nothing)
And nothing at all


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"What a Fool Believes" as written by Michael Mcdonald Kenny Loggins

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  • +10
    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
  • +7
    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
  • +3
    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
    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
  • 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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    General Commentto me, it is like a situation that i am in, I have feelings for this one girl, she is leaving, and I can't express my feelings for her, I am a fool in that I believe we can pick up where we left off, as the years ensue, I have a place in my life for her, but she doesn't know. I am just watching her leave my life. such a sad song for me, given its upbeat tempo
    pgtallon May 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn incredibly sad tune about a man who's deluded by his love for a woman. The guy doesn't realize that not only is she going to leave him ("anybody else would surely know he's watching her go"), but she's never coming back ("why can't love return once more"). In love, hope springs eternal. And in this case, it's the hope of a fool.
    drucifer23on May 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentarthos that was pretty good. it makes sense when explained this way. he is has feelings over a rel'p that never really existed to her. and the sad thing is everyone realises that this girl doesnt care about him and there will never be anything bw them except this poor chap.

    its just another tale of unrequited love. we've all been there...just at some point we get tired of being fools and give up hope.
    boutuxon June 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    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

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