"Fortunate Fool" as written by and Jack Johnson....
She's got it all figured out
She knows what everything's about
And when anybody doubts her
Or sings songs without her
She's just so mmm

She knows the world is just her stage
And so she'll never misbehave
She gives thanks for what they gave her
Man, they practically made her
Into a mmm

She's the one that stumbles when she talks about
The seven foreign films that she's checked out
Such a fortunate fool
She's just too good to be true
She's such a fortunate fool
She's just so mmm

She's got it all figured out
She knows what everything's about
And when anybody doubts her
Or sings songs about her
She's just so mmm

She's the one that stumbles when she talks about it
So maybe we shouldn't talk about
Such a fortunate fool
She's just too good to be true
She's such a fortunate fool
She's just so mmm


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"Fortunate Fool" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

Lyrics © Bubble Toes Publishing, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING

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    General CommentFor every comment I read that calls this a love song, I want to cringe. I'm pretty sure that the feeling behind the line "she's just too good to be true" is FAR from being admiration. This song sounds exasperated and vaguely condescending, and the subject of the song is not described with love - she's described with contempt. The line "She's the one that stumbles when she talks about / The seven foreign films that she's checked out," especially, strikes me as him calling this girl out on her phoniness. The girl sounds like she's trying to appear to be more cultured and intelligent than she really is, and it's not working.

    ANYWAYS. Just wanted to say that it's far from a love song. I think too many people are hearing the "mmm"s and mistaking them for lovestruck speechlessness. Also, didn't the fact that he's calling her a fool make it obvious that he's not admiring her?
    applecrunchon May 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song really confuses me. I tried to figure it out, but it is just so wierd. I mean, what exactly is a fortunate fool? I was thinking maybe she is just a lucky fool. She's not the smartest girl, but things work out for her. I don't know...just a guess. Does anyone else think something different?
    LJGlaze86on June 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti disagree with afipunk84. i think jack thinks this girl is close to perfect. she has everything going for her. the thing is, anybody who is completely happy, as this girl seems, has to be somewhat of a fool. if you've ever read The Great Gatsby, an extremely similar line is written, where Daisy says something like, "if i have a baby girl i just hope she is a fool." An intelligent person is not completely happy because if you are so aware of everything going on in your life and others', it is just so depressing. This "fortunate fool" seems like a happy person, and therefore may not truly be aware of the world, hence, the referral to being a fool.
    kmb13on July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentluv the song
    sammon May 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentah yes, i agree with meggymac.. not knowing the correct word to describe her.. she's undescribable...

    what exactly does he mean by fortunate fool? Before I read the lyrics, I just thought this song was about how she was lucky.. :shrug: anybody have better ideas?
    anna118kon June 05, 2002   Link
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    General Comment1st i wanna say that this song rocks and that i really dig the guitar in it, awesome..now for wat i think this song means: i think this song is rather sarcastic..like when he says "shes got it all figured out" and "she knows wat everythings about" then he calls her a fool which is contradicting right?..well i think he means that SHE thinks shes smart but in reality she doesnt really no about any of the things she talks about..and others are too blinded by her beauty or fame too realize how much of a fool she really is..so theres my take on it..i dont think its a love song at all..just jack talkin about a girl that trys to be somethin shes not and makes herself look like a fool
    afipunk84on July 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentalso: jack johnson is obviously a genius. maybe just everybody else alive is foolish because we can't compare to him.
    kmb13on July 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with kmb13...you can not compare anyone to Jack Johnson
    Roxylover03on July 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThyis song definitely has a sarcastic tone to it. Jack Johnson is not describing a girl that he loves, rather he's talking about someone who feigns intelligence (she's the one who stumble's when she talks about the seven foreign films she's checked out) and maintains popularity, but is, in reality, a bit foolish. It's almost as though she's lucky that nobody discovers her foolishness, thus the title, "Fortunate Fool."

    Great Song. Reminds me of my ex-girlfriend a lot.
    calbearryanon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! my boyfriend sang this to me. Ive been in live every since! its so sweet, he cant think of the perfect words to describe her!
    ashalee7on July 21, 2002   Link

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