Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Why do I keep fooling myself
When I know you love someone else
Only a fool breaks his own heart
I pretend that I don't see
When you walk with him down the street
Only a fool breaks his own heart
I have to admit it
Even though you hurt me so girl
I can't forget it
If I'm a man I'd let you go
It's no use trying to hang on

To a love already gone
Only a fool breaks his own heart
I have to admit it
Even though you hurt me so girl
I can't forget it
If I'm a man I'd let you go
It's no use trying to hang on
To a love already gone
Only a fool breaks his own heart




Only a fool breaks his own heart
Only a fool breaks his own heart

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Mighty Sparrow's "Only a Fool" express a painful truth about unrequited love. The song is sung from the perspective of someone who is deeply in love with someone who loves someone else. Despite this, the singer can't help but pretend that they don't see their love interest with their partner. They acknowledge that they are fooling themselves, hence the title of the song. The chorus leaves no room for interpretation, as it says "Only a fool breaks his own heart."


The singer is torn between their feelings and the rational choice of letting go of someone who will never reciprocate their love. They admit to being hurt, but still hold onto the hope that the person they love will change their mind. However, they recognize that this hope is futile, and that the best course of action would be to let go.


The song's lyrics are universal and timeless, and it is a poignant reminder of the emotional pain that comes with unrequited love. It is only natural to want to hold onto a great love, even when it is not reciprocated, and the song shows how difficult it can be to let go.


Line by Line Meaning

Why do I keep fooling myself
I continue to deceive myself despite knowing the truth


When I know you love someone else
I am aware that you are in love with someone else


Only a fool breaks his own heart
It's foolish to allow oneself to be emotionally hurt


I pretend that I don't see
I pretend to not notice when you are with the person you love


When you walk with him down the street
When I see you walking with the person you love


Only a fool breaks his own heart
It's foolish to allow oneself to be emotionally hurt


I have to admit it
I must acknowledge the truth


Even though you hurt me so girl
Although you have caused me pain


I can't forget it
I am unable to forget the pain you have caused me


If I'm a man I'd let you go
If I were brave enough, I would choose to let you go


It's no use trying to hang on
Holding onto something that has already ended is futile


To a love already gone
To a love that has already faded away


Only a fool breaks his own heart
It's foolish to allow oneself to be emotionally hurt


I have to admit it
I must acknowledge the truth


Even though you hurt me so girl
Although you have caused me pain


I can't forget it
I am unable to forget the pain you have caused me


If I'm a man I'd let you go
If I were brave enough, I would choose to let you go


It's no use trying to hang on
Holding onto something that has already ended is futile


To a love already gone
To a love that has already faded away


Only a fool breaks his own heart
It's foolish to allow oneself to be emotionally hurt


Only a fool breaks his own heart
It's foolish to allow oneself to be emotionally hurt


Only a fool breaks his own heart
It's foolish to allow oneself to be emotionally hurt




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: E. JAMES, TREVOR LAWRENCE, TREVOR ANTHONY LAWRENCE, GABRIEL MEKLER

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Rafael Miralda Miralda

Why do I keep fooling myself
When I know you love someone else
Only a fool breaks his own heart
I pretend that I don't see
When you walk with him down the street
Only a fool breaks his own heart
I have to admit it
Even though you hurt me so girl
I can't forget it
If I'm a man I'd let you go
It's no use trying to hang on
To a love already gone
Only a fool breaks his own heart
I have to admit it
Even though you hurt me so girl
I can't forget it
If I'm a man I'd let you go
It's no use trying to hang on
To a love already gone
Only a fool breaks his own heart
Only a fool breaks his own heart
Only a fool breaks his own heart



All comments from YouTube:

valrey johnson

My father loved this song, I grow up loving it too. Memories.

Randy Mulraine

R.I.P Dad! Miss you Everyday!

Andrew G

I have been obsessed with this song since a kid. Heard it on Wyclefs “carnival” album on an interlude and it was burned into my brain… I’m just now finding this, the full length real version of the song. What a tune

Sinister_H

That’s how I got here too. Carnival is a classic and Wyclef has profound influences.

Apache Kid

hell yea

Luke Hauser

Yes! I heard it the same place, and was lucky to track it down - been on my iPod ever since

Mark Firmery

Me too!

Adrianna Thornton

You could hear the true beauty of Sparrow's voice in this song. The man was a true singer, performer and god-blessed talent. Mighty Sparrow indeed! Many thanks to you, Juan, for uploading this video 💜💚💛.

Lornalee Lyn

This song really shows the versatility of his voice, true❤

Trinigrade01

when this song came out it went to the top of the charts in holland at number 1 for six months..that is a great achievement ...

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