Foolish Games

Album: Pieces of You (1995)
Charted: 2
  • You took your coat off, stood in the rain
    You're always crazy like that
    And I watched from my window
    Always felt I was outside looking in on you
    You're always the mysterious one with
    Dark eyes and careless hair
    You were fashionably sensitive
    But too cool to care
    You stood in my doorway, with nothing to say
    Besides some comment on the weather

    Well in case you failed to notice
    In case you failed to see
    This is my heart bleeding before you
    This is me down on my knees, and

    These foolish games are tearing me apart
    And your thoughtless words are breaking my heart
    You're breaking my heart

    You're always brilliant in the morning
    Smoking your cigarettes and talking over coffee
    Your philosophies on art, Baroque moved you
    You loved Mozart and you'd speak of your loved ones
    As I clumsily strummed my guitar

    You'd teach me of honest things
    Things that were daring, things that were clean
    Things that knew what an honest dollar did mean
    I hid my soiled hands behind my back
    Somewhere along the line, I must have gone off track with you

    Excuse me, guess I've mistaken you for somebody else
    Somebody who gave a damn
    Somebody more like myself

    These foolish games are tearing me
    You're tearing me, you're tearing me apart
    And your thoughtless words are breaking my heart
    You're breaking my heart

    And you took your coat off, stood in the rain
    You're always crazy like that Writer/s: Jewel Kilcher
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Ellen from Washington StateWhy do so many people make the mistake whe they write down the lyrics of putting you're always crazy like that. It is NOT you're, it is you were! You're is not a contraction of you were, it is a contraction of you are.
  • Brian from WashingtonThere is a lyric in the album version that does not appear in the radio edit, immediately preceding the "Excuse me, I think I've mistaken you for someone else..." interjection. The last two lines of the section are usually omitted (From "I hid my soiled hands...", referencing "Things that are clean" in the previous lines.)

    You'd teach me of honest things,
    Things that were daring, things that were clean
    Things that knew what an honest dollar did mean
    I hid my soiled hands behind my back
    Somewhere along the line, I must have gone off track with you

  • Avalinas from Milford, DeThe song details the frustration and agony of knowing that the intensity of one's love is not reciprocated by one's lover. The song parallels Bruce Wayne's relationship with Julie Madison, as well as his friendship/partnership with Dick Grayson/Robin. The melodic line and chord progression of the verses in "Foolish Games" carry echoes of "Diamonds & Rust", recorded by Joan Baez.
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