King of Fools
Dwight Yoakam Lyrics

As you look into my eyes
and tell those empty lies
I'll pretend they're true
'Cause that's what I do

As you sit and hold my hand
And smile at other men
I'll pretend I'm blind
'Cause I'm just that kind
I'm the king of fools
And I'll always reign
Over loneliness and pain
The king of fools wears his crown
Wherever misery can be found

I'm the king of fools
And I'll always reign
Over loneliness and pain
The king of fools wears his crown
Wherever misery can be found

As you walk away with him
And I lose in love again
I'll pretend to see
That you're still with me
But I'll be there all alone
Like a king upon a throne
'Cause I'm the king of fools
I'm the king of fools

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:


THE royal feast was done; the King
Sought some new sport to banish care,
And to his jester cried: 'Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for us a prayer!'

The jester doffed his cap and bells,
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter smile
Behind the painted grin he wore.

He bowed his head, and bent his knee
Upon the monarch's silken stool;
His pleading voice arose: 'O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!

'No pity, Lord, could change the heart
From red with wrong to white as wool;
The rod must heal the sin; but Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!

' 'Tis not by guilt the onward sweep
Of truth and right, O Lord, we stay;
'Tis by our follies that so long
We hold the earth from heaven away.

'These clumsy feet, still in the mire,
Go crushing blossoms without end;
These hard, well-meaning hands we thrust
Among the heart-strings of a friend.

'The ill-timed truth we might have kept-
Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung?
The word we had not sense to say-
Who knows how grandly it had rung?

'Our faults no tenderness should ask,
The chastening stripes must cleanse them all;
But for our blunders-oh, in shame
Before the eyes of heaven we fall.

'Earth bears no balsam for mistakes;
Men crown the knave, and scourge the tool
That did his will; but Thou, O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!'

The room was hushed; in silence rose
The King, and sought his gardens cool,
And walked apart, and murmured low,
'Be merciful to me, a fool!' "
The Fool's Prayer
Edward Rowland Sill
Amen, Will

All comments from YouTube:


I still love listening to Dwight's music. Also congratulations to him on his marriage to his long time love this past March 2020.

Carolyn McCloskey

Real country! Love Dwight's voice on this song!

Kim Var

I wore this cassette, yes cassette out!👑

Tommy Randolph

Love that fiddle. It really sings in this song!

Carolyn McCloskey

Great song. Dwight reaches down into the lyrics and brings out a deep understanding. Listening to him is never disappointing.

Gary Nichols

how can u not like this song?

Bonnie Christoff

Dwight yokam is a great singer and songwriter too I love this song
Hes so handsome and talented and sexxy too.
He cares about his fans.
Beautiful Voice your fan always Bonnie Christoff Va.Beach Va cowgirl

Mary Ward

Such a great song. What a fabulous voice you have Dwight David!!

Clint Schlies

Great music and great drinking music play on dwight

Z Rwing

Pretty much describes how I do with the ladies lol

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