The Fool On The Hill

The Fool On The Hill
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Released January 2nd, 1971 on a single (with What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? on the B-side). The single reached chart position no. 48 in the UK. It was also on the The Shirley Bassey Singles Album in 1975 and in 1978 on the “25th Anniversary Album”. Shirley Bassey performed this song live on The Tom Jones Show in 1971.

The song is available digitally remastered on CD collections, for example on the 1999 re-issue of the 1970 album Something.

Originally this was a Beatles song released first on their album “Magical Mystery Tour” in December 1967. This was the first Lennon & McCartney song by Shirley Bassey, but the first Beatles song had been Something in 1970. In 1968 this song was a place no. 6 in the US Billboard for “Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66” and his album with the title “Fool On The Hill” reached no. 3 in the album charts.

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(From the George Webb collection)

Lyrics:

Day after day
Alone on a hill
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
And he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Well on the way
Head in a cloud
The man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud
But nobody ever hears him
Or the sound he appears to make
And he never seems to notice

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

And nobody seems to like him
They can tell what he wants to do
And he never shows his feelings

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Day after day
Fool on the hill
Day after day
Fool on the hill
Day after day
Fool on the hill
Day after day after day after day after day

(transcribed by Roman)