Don't Want to Be a Fool
Luther Vandross Lyrics


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Love, what have you done? Oh, wow
I was sure up to now that she was a friend
I stayed 'till the end (don't be a fool again)
I once believed that love was fair
But I don't anymore, she said I'm a bore

My heart hit the floor (don't be a fool anymore)
Each time around
I tell myself it's the game of love
Ignore the signs and risk it all in the name of love
Well, I've decided I can't let nobody hurt me again
So I'll say to the end
I just don't wanna be a fool (don't want to be a fool)
Said I don't wanna be a fool ever again

Whenever a fool's in love he doesn't know he's to blame
He's caught in the game
It all ends up the same (he doesn't feel the shame)
He looks at love in a diff'rent way
It breaks his heart ev'rytime they all turn out strange

But he'll never change (he's never gonna change)
Next time around I'll tell myself it'll be better than before
I won't look back
There'll be no one tearing my heart out anymore
I just decided I can't let nobody fool me again
So I'll swear to the end

I just don't wanna be a fool (don't wanna be a fool)
Said I don't wanna be a fool (ever again)
No way (I mean no more) never again (ooh, no never)
I can't be a fool, can't be, no way, no way, no way
I don't wanna be
I don't wanna be a fool, no

I can't love anybody (I can't love nobody)
Walking on a one way street (any way, any way any, way no)
If I don't (if I don't) find somebody (somebody body)
That'll be alright with me (know, I know it'll be alright now)

'Cause I decided not to let nobody kill me again
So I'll say to the end

I just don't wanna be a fool (don't wanna be a fool)
Said I don't wanna be a fool (don't wanna be a fool) ever, ever again
(Don't wanna a fool can't be a fool)
Don't wanna be a fool (don't wanna be a fool) ever again




(I don't wanna be a fool) never oh never oh never again
(Don't wanna be a fool) can't be a fool

Overall Meaning

In Luther Vandross's song "Don't Want to Be a Fool," the lyrics describe the pain and disillusionment caused by a relationship that did not work out. The singer reflects on his past love experiences, realizing that he ignored warning signs and allowed himself to be hurt repeatedly. He decides that he cannot allow himself to be a fool again, and chooses to protect his heart moving forward. The lyrics convey the emotional depth and complexity of the struggle between the desire for love and the fear of getting hurt.


The opening line "Love, what have you done?" captures the sense of betrayal and hurt that the singer feels. He believed that his love interest was a friend, but was ultimately let down. He acknowledges the reality that love is not always fair and admits that he once believed it was. However, the pain of heartbreak has forced him to let go of that belief. The repeated refrain "don't be a fool again" emphasizes the singer's determination to protect himself from further pain in the future.


The singer compares love to a game and admits that he has inconsistently followed the rules. He acknowledges the cycle of disappointment that can come with ignoring warning signs and risking it all in the name of love. The repetition of "I don't want to be a fool" in the chorus emphasizes the singer's desire to break the cycle and move forward with a stronger sense of self-preservation.


Line by Line Meaning

Love, what have you done? Oh, wow
The singer is surprised by the actions of someone they believed was a friend.


I was sure up to now that she was a friend
The singer was confident in their belief that the person in question was their friend.


I stayed 'till the end (don't be a fool again)
The singer stayed despite knowing better, but they vow not to make the same mistake again.


I once believed that love was fair
The artist had a previously optimistic outlook on love.


But I don't anymore, she said I'm a bore
The artist was insulted by the person they loved.


My heart hit the floor (don't be a fool anymore)
The singer was devastated and determined not to let it happen again.


Each time around
Every time the singer enters a romantic situation.


I tell myself it's the game of love
The artist reminds themselves that love is unpredictable.


Ignore the signs and risk it all in the name of love
The artist has ignored warnings in the past, putting everything on the line for love.


Well, I've decided I can't let nobody hurt me again
The artist has decided to guard themselves from further emotional damage.


So I'll say to the end
The singer will remain steadfast in their decision to protect their heart.


I just don't wanna be a fool (don't want to be a fool)
The artist is determined not to be foolish in love anymore.


Said I don't wanna be a fool ever again
The singer is expressing their longing to escape any further heartbreak.


Whenever a fool's in love he doesn't know he's to blame
The singer believes that someone who loves blindly is not solely responsible for the eventual outcome.


He's caught in the game
The singer implies that people in love have little control over what happens.


It all ends up the same (he doesn't feel the shame)
The artist believes that all romantic relationships end in disappointment.


He looks at love in a diff'rent way
The artist has a different perspective on love after experiencing heartbreak.


It breaks his heart ev'rytime they all turn out strange
The singer is saddened by the unexpected nature of love.


But he'll never change (he's never gonna change)
The singer believes that people will continue to love despite experiencing heartbreak.


Next time around I'll tell myself it'll be better than before
Despite previous heartbreak, the artist is hopeful for a better future.


I won't look back
The artist is determined to move forward and not dwell on past heartbreak.


There'll be no one tearing my heart out anymore
The artist is confident that they will not let anyone hurt them again.


I just decided I can't let nobody fool me again
The singer is resolved to protect themselves from being deceived.


So I'll swear to the end
The artist is committing to their decision to be cautious with their heart.


I can't love anybody (I can't love nobody)
The singer is expressing their current inability to love anyone.


Walking on a one way street (any way, any way any, way no)
The singer is feeling stuck and unable to move forward in their love life.


If I don't (if I don't) find somebody (somebody body)
The singer is unsure if they will find someone to love them.


That'll be alright with me (know, I know it'll be alright now)
The artist is at ease with the possibility of not finding someone to love.


'Cause I decided not to let nobody kill me again
The artist is committed to protecting their heart from any further harm.


Said I don't wanna be a fool (don't wanna be a fool)
The singer is determined not to be foolish in love anymore.


ever, ever again
The singer never wants to experience heartbreak again.


(Don't wanna a fool can't be a fool)
The artist is emphasizing their resolve to not be foolish in love.


can't be a fool
The artist is refusing to let themselves be foolish in love.




Lyrics © SOAR MUSIC GROUP, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: MARCUS MILLER, LUTHER VANDROSS

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Comments from YouTube:

@damestash4127

Still in 2024 Listening to The Legendary Luther Vandross!!

@EnronnSierra

You could tell these songs were becoming the end of an era, the sound just completely changed in R&B. The production from this album and Anita's Compositions was just straight up spectacular.

@jordanalia4595

Bc RnB went sexual so to compete with hiphop/rap

@serious7179

This song has been touching my heart for so many years...don't let loss of love and disappointment take away your vulnerability ❤

@sabrinay9430

That is a really good message. He pretty much saying even though I want love, no one is worth my dignity. Preach brother

@joycewilliams7393

He is saying he's fed up with love not being returned when he's in love. So he's having it anymore! Joyce

@jlr110108

In college I worked as a security guard at our on campus arena. He was in concert and I met him. Great concert. Even a greater man. Very gracious.

@peachesjohnson9387

James Raulerson wow i wish i could have met him

@angelaamathyist3098

Wow ! Such a great singer ! No one like him . Doesn't surprise me the way he was wen u met him. U can just tell .

@peachesjohnson9387

Yea me too real recognize real

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