Daily Archives: February 1, 2013

Radio XV, side B, track 5: “Kissing A Fool” by George Michael

George Michael Kissing A FoolOh, George Michael, you wonderful handsome man you.  This song is just so perfect.  Every time I listen to it I feel like I’ve been transported to some smoky lounge in the ‘forties or ‘fifties (of the last century, for you kids out there), and I’m sitting at some small table smoking a cigarette and sipping on some bourbon.  I’m a private detective, of course, and some dame has just put me through the wringer yet again.  And the club’s headliner comes on, and it’s you, George Michael, and you sing this song, and I sit there stoically nursing my drink and my broken heart, and then you get to that line “When you need the hand of another man, one you really can surrender with”, and my eyebrows lift just a little, and I glance over at the bartender, and he kinda shrugs, and then I shrug, too.  “Takes all kinds”, I’d mutter into my drink, and in this dirty city full of thugs and mugs and dames with ice for hearts, who am I to judge if this guy with the killer pipes wants his dance card filled by guys instead’a gals?  And I’d nod to you and you’d nod back, because it don’t matter which way it swings, we’re both guys who get how the world works.  A broken heart is a broken heart in any language.

“Kissing A Fool”

You are far

When I could have been your star
You listened to people
Who scared you to death, and from my heart
Strange that you were strong enough
To even make a start
But you’ll never find
Peace of mind
‘Til ya listen to your heart

People

You can never change the way they feel

Better let them do just what they will

For they will

If you let them steal
Your heart from you

People

Will always make a lover feel a fool

But you knew I loved you

We could have shown them all

We should have seen love through

Fooled me with the tears in your eyes

Covered me with kisses and lies

So ‘byyyye
But please don’t
Take my heeeeeeeeaaaaart, you are far

I’m never gonna be your star

I’ll pick up the pieces
And mend my heart

Maybe I’ll be strong enough
I don’t know where ta start
But I’ll never find
Peace of mind while I listen to my heart

People

You can never change the way they feel

Better let them do just what they will

For they will

If you let them steal
Your heeeart

And people

Will always make a lover
Feel a fool

But you knew I loved you

We could have shown them all

Naa-aa-aaa-aaa-aaa-aaa

But remember this, every other kiss
That you ever give, long as we both live
When you need the hand of another man, one you really can surrender with
I will wait for you like I always do
There’s something there
That can’t compare
With any other

You are far

When I could have been your star
You listened to people
Who scared you to death, and from my heart
Strange that I was wrong enough
To think you loved me, too

Guess you were kissing a fool

You must have
Been kissing

A fooooooool

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