he thought she loved him. she didn't. so now she's leaving.
He liked her, she doesn't and didn't like him. He is nostalgic for his hope, and holds onto it as a substitute for a relationship.
Obviously, it's about Michael McDonald gaining the inner strength to write smooooth music for the Doobies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMTI8vg7A5U
What seemed natural to me:
First stanza. The fool is the personification of her childhood dream. White knight and roses stuff that he hopes will appeal to her romantic side. Trouble is, she never transitioned any of those dreams to reality.
Second stanza. She realizes the the childhood dream was never very good.
Third stanza. He is hook line and sinker, but she tries to let him down easy.
Fourth and Fifth stanzas. He pursues. He hopes his dream is big enough to pull her back to when she had it too. Fantasy is so much more seductive than reality.
according to http://www.songmeanings.net/lyric.php?lid=3530822107858571600 it means "An incredibly sad tune about a man who's deluded by his love for a woman. The guy doesn't realize that not only is she going to leave him ("anybody else would surely know he's watching her go"), but she's never coming back ("why can't love return once more"). In love, hope springs eternal. And in this case, it's the hope of a fool" or it means "is there any mexicans here." keep in mind they're all user-submitted explanations..
Diana has hit on the head, I'm afraid.
billy, i agree. Diana has solved the puzzle for me. he has nothing in the present and so goes back to a time when he believed he had something, but in fact he had nothing. he's always had nothing but nothing.
i read it as an estranged father trying to make amends with his grown daughter years after walking out on her.
and nothing from nothing leaves nothing
- reverend dr billy preston
you get paid to analyze the meaning of 30 year old doobie bros. songs?
can we switch jobs?
Nice. That makes the more sense to me than the standard romantic model I was trying to use.
It was written by a bunch of potheads. I'm not surprised that it barely makes sense.
But it's about a guy trying to get with an old female friend, and he thinks he has a chance but he really doesn't. And the narrator finds him a fool for it.
I kind of thought it was about me.
I remember in college that I would get really stoned and write 'poetry' and think that I had just written something really cool, important, meaningful and profound only to awake in the morning with ink on my face and some really awful crap written down and nothing to turn in for my freshman english assignment.
I think it's clear that the Doobies did the same thing but every morning they wake and bake so when they reread this they still thought it was profound...you know? It just kinda makes sense.
He's like the hirsute Elisabeth Frazier from Cocteau Twins. He just puts word together or phonemes that just sound good for his voice. He's abstract that way.
Try this site, songfacts.com http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1982
I would think that if it's about being baked, the harmonies would be harder to hit. So, which is it?
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