Fool to Cry

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: December 1974 & October & December 1975
Recording locations: Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany & Mountain Recording Studios, Montreux, Switzerland
Producers: The Glimmer Twins       Chief engineer: Keith Harwood
Performed onstage: 1976-77, 1995, 1997-99

Line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Wayne Perkins
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Electric piano: Mick Jagger
Synthesizer: Nicky Hopkins
 

When I come home, baby, and I've been working all night long
I put my daughter on my knee
And she says Daddy, what's wrong?
She whispers in my ear so sweet 
You know what she say? She say
 
Ooh Daddy, you're a fool to cry
You're a fool to cry
And it makes me wonder why

Daddy, you're a fool

You know I've got a woman (Daddy you're a fool) and she live in a poor part of town
And I go see her sometimes and we make love so fine
I put my head on her shoulder and she say Tell me all your troubles
You know what she say? She say
 
Ooh Daddy, you're a fool to cry
You're a fool to cry
And it makes me wonder why

Daddy, you're a fool to cry - oh I love you so much, baby
Daddy, you're a fool to cry
Daddy, you're a fool to cry - I want to sigh sometimes, yeah

Yeah, she say:

 
Ooh Daddy, you're a fool to cry
You're a fool to cry
And it makes me wonder why

She say:

Ooh Daddy, you're a fool to cry
Ooh Daddy, you're a fool to cry
Ooh Daddy, you're a fool to cry
Ooh Daddy, you're a fool to cry

Even my friends say it to me sometimes

I make out like I don't understand them
You know what they say?
They say
 
Ooh Daddy, you're a fool to cry
You're a fool to cry
And it makes me wonder why
 
Why, why
I'm a fool, baby, ah yeah

I'm a fool, baby, ah yeah

I'm a certified fool, ah yeah
I want to tell...
Tell the things (...) you say
I'm a fool, baby, ah yeah
Ooh 
certified fool for you, mama, yeah, yeah
Come on, yes, I'm a fool, yeah
I'm a fool, yes
I'm a fool
'
 
 

TrackTalk

It's surprising, isn't it? It's the family side. Well, it IS true, the Stones ARE getting on, and have done it with a lot of girls and what could be surprising if you've got children, eh? At the end! Keith's had SO many, I don't know... and other girls have claimed that they've got my baby and it's not true...

- Mick Jagger, 1976


This dates from the period when I had a young child, my daughter Jade, around a lot, calling me daddy and all that. It's another of our heartmelting ballads, a bit long and waffly at the end maybe, but I like it.

- Mick Jagger, 1993

Yeah, maybe Loretta Lynn will cover it. Yeah, it could be country. I wonder why we didn't do it like that! Dead Flowers was country. This is quite good the way it is, though, really. Just a ballad.

- Mick Jagger, 1976

I don't really think there is a single there. But a lot of people seem to like this, and everyone says it's the single... In Europe it's going to be a single, because they don't have FM radio like they do here, they don't play albums.

- Mick Jagger, April 1976



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