Everybody Plays The Fool
Aaron Neville Lyrics


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Ok, so your heart is broken
You're sitting around mopin',
Mopin', mopin', cryin', cryin'
You say you're even thinking about dying
Well, before you do anything rash,
Baby, listen to this

Everybody plays the fool, sometime
There's no exception to the rule, listen baby
It may be factual, it may be cruel,
I ain't lying
Everybody plays the fool

Fallin' in love is such an easy thing to do
But there's no guarantee that
The one you love, is gonna love you
Oh, loving eyes they cannot see
A certain person could never be
Love runs deeper than any ocean,
It clouds you're mind with emotion

Everybody plays the fool, sometime
There's no exception to the rule, listen baby
It may be factual, it may be cruel,
I ain't lying
Everybody plays the fool

How can you help it,
When the music starts to play
And your ability to reason, is swept away
Oh, heaven on earth is all you see,
You're out of touch with reality
And now you cry, but when you do,
Next time around someone cries for you

Hey, everybody plays the fool, sometime
Use your heart just like a tool, listen baby
They never tell you so in school,
I want to say it again,
Everybody plays the fool

Everybody plays the fool, sometime
There's no exception to the rule, listen baby
It may be factual, it may be cruel,
I ain't lying
Everybody plays the fool

Every plays the fool, sometime
There's no exception to the rule, listen baby
It may be factual, it may be cruel,



I want to say it again
Everybody plays the fool

Overall Meaning

Aaron Neville's "Everybody Plays the Fool" is a soulful ballad that deals with the universal themes of heartbreak and falling in love. The first verse addresses the heartbroken, who are sitting around crying and moping after a breakup, even going as far as to contemplate suicide. Neville implores the listener to listen to his advice before doing anything rash, and then delivers the song's chorus: "Everybody plays the fool, sometime." The second verse explores the risk of falling in love, highlighting the fact that it's easy to do but not always rewarded with the same intensity in return, which can break one's heart. The chorus returns with its catchy phrase emphasizing the universality of these experiences.


Neville's song is essentially a lighthearted message about the human condition that people have experienced for centuries. The lyrics don't offer any new revelations or insights, but they're delivered in a way that highlights their universality. The theme is simple, but it resonates because it's true: everybody falls in love, everybody gets hurt, and everybody has to pick themselves up and try again.


Line by Line Meaning

Ok, so your heart is broken
Your heart is broken


You're sitting around mopin',
You're feeling sad and depressed


Mopin', mopin', cryin', cryin'
You're wallowing in your sadness and crying


You say you're even thinking about dying
You're so sad that you're considering suicide


Well, before you do anything rash,
Before you take any drastic actions


Baby, listen to this
Listen to what I have to say


Everybody plays the fool, sometime
Everyone makes mistakes when it comes to matters of the heart


There's no exception to the rule, listen baby
No one is immune to heartbreak


It may be factual, it may be cruel,
It's a sad but true fact


I ain't lying
I'm not lying to you


Fallin' in love is such an easy thing to do
Falling in love is easy


But there's no guarantee that
But there's no promise that


The one you love, is gonna love you
The person you love may not love you back


Oh, loving eyes they cannot see
Love can blind you to the truth


A certain person could never be
The person you love may not be right for you


Love runs deeper than any ocean,
Love is intense and all-consuming


It clouds you're mind with emotion
It can make you lose your sense of reason


How can you help it,
How can you control it


When the music starts to play
When the mood strikes


And your ability to reason, is swept away
And you act impulsively without thinking


Oh, heaven on earth is all you see,
You see only the good and ignore the bad


You're out of touch with reality
You're not seeing things clearly


And now you cry, but when you do,
And now you regret your actions


Next time around someone cries for you
Someone will feel the same way you do


Hey, everybody plays the fool, sometime
Everyone makes the same mistakes when it comes to love


Use your heart just like a tool, listen baby
Follow your heart, but use your head too


They never tell you so in school,
They don't teach you this in school


I want to say it again,
I want to repeat myself


Everybody plays the fool
Everyone makes mistakes when it comes to matters of the heart


Everybody plays the fool, sometime
Everyone makes mistakes when it comes to matters of the heart


There's no exception to the rule, listen baby
No one is immune to heartbreak


It may be factual, it may be cruel,
It's a sad but true fact


I ain't lying
I'm not lying to you




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Kenneth Williams, Ralph Bailey, Rudy Clark

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Juju Man

Pure angelic voice ❤❤❤✨

Nana

Oh yes, you can't go wrong with any of your music and songs, you're the bomb!

Patty Atkinson

What a perfect voice!! Remember we can enjoy this song in the 2023. Classic are always classic 🎉❤🎉

Ruth Boykin

I love that fantastic voice and that great music.. great song too! Thank you!❤❤❤🎶🎶

Marcos Bryant

What do you admire most about Aaron

frances marina patara ngawhika

Kia ora Aaron Neville, Selwyn and I first heard you sing 'Bird on a wire' we both sang and played (guitar) that song repeatedly. We absolutely love your voice. Today, we still enjoy singing your songs...Blessings ☝️🙏🤓

Love, Anita Blue💙717

I Love You, Aron Neville. I have loved you since I was 11.
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Keep dancing & singing everyone! Share some love.
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Jeremy King

Always said his voice was like a saxophone….beautiful

kimberly r

❤ you Aaron. Your voice is solid gold, it resonates in my heart.

Marisa Vilella Surur

Adoro ouvir suas músicas 🎶 ❤

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