"Foolish Games" as written by and Jewel Kilcher....
You took your coat off, stood in the rain,
You're always crazy like that.
And I watched from my window,
Always felt I was outside looking in on you.
You're always the mysterious one with
Dark eyes and careless hair,
You were fashionably sensitive
But too cool to care.
You stood in my doorway, with nothing to say
Besides some comment on the weather

Well in case you failed to notice,
In case you failed to see,
This is my heart bleeding before you,
This is me down on my knees, and

These foolish games are tearing me apart,
And your thoughtless words are breaking my heart
You're breaking my heart

You're always brilliant in the morning,
Smoking your cigarettes and talking over coffee
Your philosophies on art, Baroque moved you
You loved Mozart and you'd speak of your loved ones
As I clumsily strummed my guitar

You'd teach me of honest things,
Things that were daring, things that were clean
Things that knew what an honest dollar did mean
I hid my soiled hands behind my back
Somewhere along the line, I must have gone off track with you

Excuse me, guess I've mistaken you for somebody else,
Somebody who gave a damn,
Somebody more like myself

These foolish games are tearing me
You're tearing me, you're tearing me apart
And your thoughtless words are breaking my heart
You're breaking my heart.

And you took your coat off, stood in the rain,
You're always crazy like that


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"Foolish Games" as written by Jewel Kilcher

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  • +5
    General Commentthis song is so amazing.

    to me its about falling for that boy. you know. the artistic, deep, feeling one who writes you poems and smokes between classes and appreciates little things. and you make him out to be something beautiful but in reality hes self consumed and heartless. he makes you feel inferior.
    ssslowlikehoneyon March 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is deff. my favorite Jewel song .. it's brillant. It has so much depth and meaning that it's almost unbelieveable.
    It's about one of the reletionships that you love .. but also at times love to hate.
    Jewel would deff. have to be one of my idols now that i'm learning the guitar
    JewelsAreForeveron June 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy mom played this song, and the whole album actually, a lot when her and my dad got a divorce. I always tie this song back to that time in my life, it was hard for our entire family, as all divorces are. But after becoming an adult, and really listening to the lyrics for what they are, I get a completely different feel for this song. I used to believe it was about an ending to a bitter sweet relationship. But I now think its about the continuation of a bitter sweet relationship, which can be far worse.
    The woman the song is about is infatuated with this man, she puts him on this pedestal of importance. She recognizes that there are problems in the relationship, but she cant stand the thought of actually letting him and the relationship go. She talks about him like he is an older man, maybe a missing father figure she always wanted. She certainly doesnt feel like she deserves to be in a relationship with this man.
    The way that Jewel sings this song is astonishing. Some people said her voice doesnt sound pretty, I think its meant to not sound "pretty". She sounds like she is on the brink of breaking down, and I think its beautiful. There is so much depth in her voice, so much pain. Its beautiful.
    amandaamarettoon October 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is really the most beautiful song. I can listen to it again and again without ever tiring of it. Jewel, you never cease to amaze me
    Jenkrameron December 04, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with you. This song is lovely. It really takes you back to the time when you had that crush on that too-cool-to-be-true guy but well...he didn't even know you're alive. Jewel really has a way with words. I think the lyrics are gorgeous.
    Jean Machineon April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is absolutely beautiful. its the song i listen to when i down, and it is perfect for when your in a relationship with a guy that has a life that you just don't seem to affect at all. it's really cool!!
    Shandaceon May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so heartbreaking. It was on in the background as me and my ex were breaking up. My heart skips a beat everytime i hear it.
    zenithon May 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUsually, Jewel has very deep lyrics to her awesome songs. This song, on the other hand, does not. In a way that disappoints me. . . but I still love it 'cause it's so straight forward. How she describes the man in this song is just like my ex; so, of course, this song brings back memories, but I can't resist listening to it over and over!
    AmyLeigh2006on May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song. it is one of the greatest. the way she sings it is like she is singing it to all lovers out there. i love u carissa!!!
    athenaon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJewel is an amazing singer. she really is beautiful too. The way she expresses her feelings is amazing and very true. She sings about things that don't only(orcould) happen to her but also to her fans. I think she is just soo amazing and so real. This song really makes her shine brighter. No other artist can compare to her.. Foolish games .. to me means that U might be in love ( or (think) ur in love with a person that is totally not ur type and doesn't understand you at all. It's like the guy doesn't know love or how to love.. maybe.
    RockerDI04on May 26, 2002   Link

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