These foolish things
Les Baxter Lyrics


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Oh! Will you never let me be?
Oh! Will you never set me free?
The ties that bound us
Are still around us
There's no escape that I can see
And still those little things remain
That bring me happiness or pain
A cigarette that bears a lipstick's traces
An airline ticket to romantic places
And still my heart has wings
These foolish things remind me of you
A tinkling piano in the next apartment
Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant
A fair ground's painted swings
These foolish things remind me of you
You came you saw you conquer'd me
When you did that to me
I knew somehow this had to be
The winds of March that make my heart a dancer
A telephone that rings but who's to answer?
Oh, how the ghost of you clings!
These foolish things remind me of you

First daffodils and long excited cables
And candle lights on little corner tables
And still my heart has wings
These foolish things remind me of you
The park at evening when the bell has sounded
The "Ile de France" with all the gulls around it
The beauty that is Spring's
These foolish things remind me of you
How strange how sweet to find you still
These things are dear to me
They seem to bring you near to me
The sigh of midnight trains in empty stations
Silk stockings thrown aside dance invitations
Oh, how the ghost of you clings!
These foolish things remind me of you

Gardenia perfume ling'ring on a pillow
Wild strawb'ries only seven francs a kilo
And still my heart has wings
These foolish things remind me of you
The smile of Garbo and the scent of roses
The waiters whistling as the last bar closes
The song that Crosby sings
These foolish things remind me of you
How strange how sweet to find you still
These things are dear to me
They seem to bring you near to me
The scent of smould'ring leaves, the wail of steamers
Two lovers on the street who walk like dreamers




Oh, how the ghost of you clings!
These foolish things remind me of you

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "These Foolish Things" express a deep sense of longing and nostalgia for a past love that still lingers in the present. The singer is consumed by memories of a lost love, feeling trapped in the ties that bind them to the past. Despite the inability to escape these feelings, there remains a bittersweet comfort in the little reminders of the relationship that bring both happiness and pain.


The specific imagery mentioned in the lyrics evokes a sense of romance and sentimentality. From a cigarette bearing lipstick traces to an airline ticket to romantic places, each item serves as a tangible connection to the person who left a lasting impact on the singer's heart. The mention of a tinkling piano, stumbling words, and fairground swings further illustrates how seemingly ordinary things can trigger powerful emotional responses tied to memories of the lost love.


The lyrics also reflect on moments of joy and beauty associated with the relationship, such as the sight of first daffodils, candlelit corner tables, and the park at evening. These details paint a vivid picture of a romance filled with intimate moments and shared experiences that continue to resonate with the singer. The mention of specific scents like gardenia perfume and smoldering leaves adds another layer of sensory nostalgia to the lyrics.


The repeated refrain of "How strange how sweet to find you still" highlights the singer's surprise and comfort in how memories of the past love still have a strong hold on their heart. Despite the pain of longing and the ghosts of the past that cling to them, there is a sense of solace in the familiarity and closeness that these foolish things evoke. Overall, the lyrics of "These Foolish Things" beautifully capture the enduring power of memories and the emotional complexities of love and loss.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh! Will you never let me be?
Am I forever trapped in your memory?


Oh! Will you never set me free?
Will I ever be able to move on?


The ties that bound us
The emotional connection we had


Are still around us
They continue to affect us


There's no escape that I can see
I feel stuck in this longing for you


And still those little things remain
The memories of our time together linger


That bring me happiness or pain
Bringing a mix of joy and sorrow


A cigarette that bears a lipstick's traces
A reminder of your presence and touch


An airline ticket to romantic places
Memories of our shared adventures


And still my heart has wings
My heart is still full of love for you


These foolish things remind me of you
Simple reminders that spark memories of you


A tinkling piano in the next apartment
A familiar sound that brings thoughts of you


Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant
My attempts to express my feelings for you


A fair ground's painted swings
Childhood memories that remind me of you


You came you saw you conquer'd me
Your presence captivated and won me over


When you did that to me
By being yourself and stealing my heart


I knew somehow this had to be
I felt destined to fall for you


The winds of March that make my heart a dancer
Seasonal changes that mirror my emotions


A telephone that rings but who's to answer?
Uncertain connections that remind me of you


Oh, how the ghost of you clings!
Your memory haunts me


First daffodils and long excited cables
Springtime moments of anticipation and joy


And candle lights on little corner tables
Intimate settings that bring back memories


The park at evening when the bell has sounded
Quiet moments of reflection and nostalgia


The "Ile de France" with all the gulls around it
Scenic views that remind me of you


The beauty that is Spring's
The renewal of nature that reflects my feelings


How strange how sweet to find you still
Surprising to still feel your presence


These things are dear to me
These memories are precious


They seem to bring you near to me
Bringing back the closeness we once had


The sigh of midnight trains in empty stations
Lonely sounds that remind me of you


Silk stockings thrown aside dance invitations
Hints of romance that evoke memories of you


Gardenia perfume ling'ring on a pillow
Scents that trigger thoughts of you


Wild strawb'ries only seven francs a kilo
Simple pleasures that remind me of you


The smile of Garbo and the scent of roses
Classic beauty and fragrances that remind me of you


The waiters whistling as the last bar closes
Late-night moments that bring back memories


The song that Crosby sings
Music that stirs memories of you


The scent of smould'ring leaves, the wail of steamers
Autumn scents and sounds that bring back memories


Two lovers on the street who walk like dreamers
Witnessing love that reminds me of you




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Written by: Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey

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