"Fools Like Me" as written by and Vanessa Carlton....
Beware the danger, it lurks for those who get swept away
The dreamers get punished most by the truth they say
It's all in the little ways one reveals their love's gone away
Love's gone away

When my hand was in your hand my heart was pure
And now I see a different man
Rewriting memories
The dogs run down the beach
And all I'm left with is sand in my shoes
Sand in my shoes

'Cause fools like me
Oh we love blindly
And the cracks don't count
It's gotta break in front of me

Now I recall the time at the cafe
The thunderstorm outside
Words you could never say
They hold the loudest tones
They say you're right
But it's ink on a page
Just ink on a page

But fools like me
Oh we love blindly
And the cracks don't count
It's gotta break in front of me

Tick-tock the time
Distant look grows in your eyes
And fools never ask
Afraid what lurks in your eyes
I always knew, somehow always knew
I always knew the truth

Cause fools like me
Oh we never see
And the cracks don't count
It's gotta break in front of me
And it's breaking
It's breaking
It's gotta break for me to see

At least I can say I was not afraid
I loved you all the way
And I'd pick the fool any day

Lyrics submitted by letterstonoelle

"Fools Like Me" as written by Vanessa Carlton

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    General CommentWhat a sad song and what brilliant lyrics/vocals. This is one of V's best.
    nagyovafanon July 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"obviously...we've all been fools for love because we've all been trampled and we still go back and it's like what's wrong with us,why - but that's the whole point; it's important to always remain a fool."
    invertedlitoston August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe reference to cracks is so effective - on one level the literal visual metaphor and then the connotation of stepping on cracks and bad luck- But she really gets her message across with the emphasis on the "cracks not counting" she will love bravely even when she sees little signs, signals, the cracks of their relationship (the "distant look" in the eyes, the "words you could never say) She loves blindly, she refuses to see the cracks, but somehow she "always knew" this is also so relatable. Every turn in the lyrics and music of this song is just superb. And I bet the "it's breaking" part will come out even moreso in the studio album version.
    invertedlitoston August 10, 2007   Link
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    General Comment^ Yes, I think the "it's breaking" part could be really intense on the album, too. I'm hoping it will sort of sound stormy and that the whole song will just start booming at this point. The piano is very low and rumbling here and I just hope they do it justice. It's my favorite part of the song. And I totally agree with you about how every turn of lyric and music in this song fits perfectly. A definite Vanessa favorite :)
    letterstonoelleon August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI definatly think she's Vanessa's done this song justice on the album.
    this is definately my favourite track of hers so far.
    jordaaanon September 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti bet alot of us could relate to it...we choos enot to see, we choose to accept things as they are andlive with it, but the othe rparty just wont hv us the way we are in return..and we just wait for it "to break"...
    megansqueeon September 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdefinitely one of my favorites of her new album. it's so sad, and relateable (I know that's not a word).

    By saying she's a fool she's implying she "always knew" but refuses to believe it ("and the cracks don't count") until it happens in front of her ("it's got to break for me to me").

    "and all I'm left with is sand in my shoes" - the only memory she has of at the beach, is the worst thing. She doesn't have the love, or the romantic walk, jus the sand

    "words you could never say / they hold the loudest tones" links to "fools never ask / afraid what lurks in your eyes", because she's told through a "distant look" rather than being told literally.

    By saying she'd "pick the fool anyday" she means that she'd rather see it how she likes it, then know the truth. Sort of like being naive.

    This is jus my take on it. Beautiful sad song.
    lovelyboneson October 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentps, I listened to it pretty (constantly) and I think it's "fools never ask / afraid what lurks in your mind".
    lovelyboneson October 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about going out with someone who you sensed wasn't the best of people, but you was a fool and decided against it and ended up being hurt.

    But that's just my take on it. Btw I love this song!! My favourite on 'Heroes & Thieves'!!
    matteo314on October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy take on it is this:

    A romantic relationship where you just let yourself love them. You love them completely, and that's that. The cracks could refer to their faults, or the faults in the relationship. The fool holds onto hope of the relationship until it breaks in front of them

    "At least I can say I was not afraid
    I loved you all the way
    And I'd pick the fool any day."

    They'd rather love than be overly cautious and closed off.
    LNikkyon November 08, 2007   Link

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