Fool's Hall of Fame
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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Well if I live to be a hundred, I won't forget the day
I broke the heart you gave me and let you walk away
That's when they hung my name in the fool's hall of fame

Ah baby since we've been apart, I can't console my heart
It cries and cries all night long
Can't I ever make you see this change you've made in me
Just give me a chance to tell you I was wrong

Yes they say that you'll forgive me and end this misery
you know I'll keep on a beggin' till you come back to me
don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame

Ah baby since we've been apart I can't console my heart
it cries and cries all night long
Baby can't you ever see the change you've made in me
just give me a chance to tell you I was wrong

Yes they say that you'll forgive me and end this misery
You know I'll keep on beggin' till you come back to me
don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame

Yes they say that you'll forgive me and end this misery
You know I'll keep on beggin' till you come back to me




don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Johnny Cash's "Fools Hall of Fame" tell the story of a regretful lover begging for a second chance after he broke the heart of his significant other. He is haunted by the memory of the day he let her walk away and cannot console his heart, which cries all night long. The singer is hoping for forgiveness and an end to his misery. He is willing to beg until she comes back to him and makes sure that he doesn't have to spend his life in the fool's hall of fame.


Line by Line Meaning

Well if I live to be a hundred, I won't forget the day
I will always remember the day I broke your heart and let you go


I broke the heart you gave me and let you walk away
I caused you pain and allowed you to leave my life


That's when they hung my name in the fool's hall of fame
My actions made me a fool and earned me a place in the hall of shame


Ah baby since we've been apart, I can't console my heart
Without you, my heart is in constant pain and sorrow


It cries and cries all night long
My heart weeps and mourns for the love that was lost


Can't I ever make you see this change you've made in me
I hope you can notice the positive changes I've made because of our breakup


Just give me a chance to tell you I was wrong
I want the opportunity to apologize and make things right between us


Yes they say that you'll forgive me and end this misery
Rumors have it that you may forgive me and relieve me of this pain


you know I'll keep on a beggin' till you come back to me
I will continue to plead and ask for you to return to my life


don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
I don't want to be stuck in my foolishness and misery anymore


Yes they say that you'll forgive me and end this misery
I am hopeful that you will forgive me and end my suffering


don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
I don't want to be trapped in my foolishness and regret


don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
I hope you can find it in your heart to give me a second chance and not leave me in despair




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: MACK DISCANT, HAL GORDON, NEIL KINSEY

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Sean Crockett

Well, if I live to be a hundred, I know I can't forget the day
That I broke the heart that you gave me and let you walk away
That's when they hung my name in the fool's hall of fame
Why didn't someone tried to tell me, that I would need you so
'Cause I didn't know that I love you until I let you go
That's why they hung my name in the fool's hall of fame
Baby since we've been apart, I can't console my heart
It cries for you the whole night long
Can I ever make you see the change you've made in me
Honey, let me tell you that I know that I was wrong
Won't you say that you'll forgive me and let me end this misery
'Cause I know I'm gonna keep on a crying 'till you come back to me
Don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
Don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
Don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame



Yamil García

Well, if I live to be a hundred, I know I can't forget the day
That I broke the heart that you gave me and let you walk away
That's when they hung my name in the fool's hall of fame

Why didn't someone tried to tell me, that I would need you so
'Cause I didn't know that I love you until I let you go
That's why they hung my name in the fool's hall of fame

Baby since we've been apart, I can't console my heart
It cries for you the whole night long
Can I ever make you see the change you've made in me
Honey, let me tell you that I know that I was wrong

Won't you say that you'll forgive me and let me end this misery
'Cause I know I'm gonna keep on a crying 'till you come back to me
Don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame

Don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
Don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame



All comments from YouTube:

Ester Reis

Johnny cash é maravilhoso!

Sean Crockett

Well, if I live to be a hundred, I know I can't forget the day
That I broke the heart that you gave me and let you walk away
That's when they hung my name in the fool's hall of fame
Why didn't someone tried to tell me, that I would need you so
'Cause I didn't know that I love you until I let you go
That's why they hung my name in the fool's hall of fame
Baby since we've been apart, I can't console my heart
It cries for you the whole night long
Can I ever make you see the change you've made in me
Honey, let me tell you that I know that I was wrong
Won't you say that you'll forgive me and let me end this misery
'Cause I know I'm gonna keep on a crying 'till you come back to me
Don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
Don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame
Don't leave me here in chains in the fool's hall of fame

Lum’s AI covers

Too bad he never made it to 100. Most people don’t, but I wish he stayed around a little longer. Rest In Peace Johnny Cash

Internote Records

He was a broken soul, he wanted to go. I wish he were around for longer because I'm just 19 and would've loved to really get to experience him, but he had to go after June passed :(

Lum’s AI covers

Both of you are bots

Μαριλένα Μουζακίτη

@Internote Records I'm 19 too and I totally agree with you

Payton Clyde

i know it's kind of randomly asking but do anybody know of a good website to watch new series online ?

Μαριλένα Μουζακίτη

@Payton Clyde I think it depends on what country you are from. I'm from Greece so I know only Greek sites. But from what I have heard "rotten tomatoes" is a good one

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Jack Frost

He made mistakes, so what, I also did, what great voice. R.I.P. John Cash.

Robert Riddle

Man i can't stop listening to this song lol

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