Poor Little Fool

Album: Greatest Hits (1958)
Charted: 4 1
  • I used to play around with hearts that hastened at my call
    But when I met that little girl I knew that I would fall
    Poor little fool oh yeah I was a fool uh huh
    (Uh huh poor little fool I was your fool oh yeah)

    She played around and teased me with her carefree devil eyes
    She'd hold me close and kiss me but her heart was full of lies
    Poor little fool
    She told me how she cared for me and that we'd never part

    And so for the very first time I gave away my heart
    Poor little fool
    The next day she was gone and I knew she'd lied to me
    She left me with a broken heart and won her victory

    Poor little fool
    Well I'd played this game with other hearts but I never thought I'd see
    The day that someone else would play love's foolish game with me
    Poor little fool

Comments: 6

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaStill my very fav Nelson tune, glad he decided to get some one to finish it and recorded it.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 30th 1958, Ricky Nelson gave the first of six sold-out performances, over a three day period, at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey...
    One month earlier on July 30th, 1958 his "Poor Little Fool" peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    Between 1957 and 1973 he had fifty-three songs make the Top 100; seventeen made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, his second #1 was "Travelin' Man" for two weeks in 1961...
    He just missed having four #1s when "Teenager's Romance" {1957} and "Stood Up" {1958} both peaked at #2 on the Top 100...
    R.I.P. Fredrick Hilliard Nelson {1940 - 1985}.
  • Terry from Ojai, CaRick never liked the song and he never sang it on the Ozzie & Harriet show. He didn't start singing the song live until the late 70's when he started singing more of his early hits. He was also against having it released as a single but Lou Chud insisted and then it went on to become his first #1 hit.
  • Coy from Palestine, TxAccording to James Kirkland, Rick Nelson's bass player--Sheeley didn't quite write the song "without any help from a male partner". James said Sheeley "cried big crocodile tears" because Rick told her "I can't use this song". The song was real fast and the tune resembled "Good Rocking Tonight". Finally, to get Sheeley to stop crying, Rick said "Let me see what I can do". Nelson then tossed the song to James Burton and Kirkland and said "see what you can do with this". Burton and Kirkland changed the tune and Nelson, who still didn't really like the song, recorded it as a "B" side. When Sheeley heard it, she threatened to sue, till it hit number one. She wrote the song about Don Everly, who she was dating after he broke up with her. She later dated Cochran, who was killed in the car wreck. Finally she married the guy who started Shindig and they both ran the show for five years.
  • Bubblesk from Memphis, TnThis big #l hit for Ricky Nelson was a bit before my time so I missed its chart-run. I got to know it from one of his later "greatest hits" compilations & learned to love it ever since. Some of my cousins had a real serious crush on him during the high school years in the early Sixties. And one of them was male!! Haa! Oh well, that's how it goes some times. Love the guitar on this hit & the male background singers. Weren't they rumoured to be Elvis's background singers? How did that happen?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyRicky Nelson released four records were both sides made the Top 10: 'Lonesome Town {#7} b/w 'I Got A Feeling' {#10}, 'Never Be Anyone Else But You' {#6) b/w 'It's Late' {#9}, 'Just A Little Too Much' {#9} b/w 'Sweeter Than You' {#9}, and 'Traveling Man' {#1} b/w 'Hello Mary Lou' {#9}!!! (Only Elvis & The Beatles have more; each has five records were both sides made the Top 10}
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