Gregory Porter confesses to his own romantic shortcomings on this smouldering ballad. "A love song cuts both ways," he told Billboard magazine. "You can make mistakes in love, and that's a story too."
"As a songwriter - as an artist, period - you take a kernel of heartbreak and you store it away," Porter continued. "It may stew for years before you have something to say about it. 'Don't Be a Fool,' that's a real experience: It's both admitting 'Yes, I did wrong' and saying 'Don't do what I did.'"