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Old Jan 22, 2005, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Fool on the Hill is unjustly ignored

At least in my opinion it is. It is a true classic but it doesn't seem to get nearly as much attention on the radio or in the media as the other 'big' 66-67 songs like Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, Hello Goodbye, I am the Walrus, and All you Need is Love and yet I feel that Fool on the Hill is actually better than most of the songs listed above.

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Old Jan 22, 2005, 11:09 AM   #2
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Personally, I like it better than All You Need Is Love, but that's it.

I feel that the lyrics are really good, but I'm still trying to find out exactly WHAT he's talking about (I can only speculate). A very pretty song, definite underrated gem like Misery.
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 11:31 AM   #3
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Personally, I like it better than All You Need Is Love, but that's it.

I feel that the lyrics are really good, but I'm still trying to find out exactly WHAT he's talking about (I can only speculate). A very pretty song, definite underrated gem like Misery.

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I also think its better than All You Need is Love, and better than Hello Goodbye and perhaps Penny Lane as well. And yest it is a very pretty song and one of Maccas finest vocal performances in my opinion.
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 11:34 AM   #4
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I like it, but I don't think it's better than I Am the Walrus.
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 11:52 AM   #5
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Personally, I like it better than All You Need Is Love, but that's it.

I feel that the lyrics are really good, but I'm still trying to find out exactly WHAT he's talking about (I can only speculate). A very pretty song, definite underrated gem like Misery.

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What does it really matter what he's talking about? Just as long as you can have your own meaning for it. Tell me then, what is John talking about in I Am The Walrus?
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 12:02 PM   #6
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I think Fool On The Hill is a very lovely, underrated song. But I have to be in the right mood to listen to it though.
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 12:15 PM   #7
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I've never really been crazy about it. I've grown to like it more over the years, as opposed to completely ignoring it. I think it's the flutes and the over-sweetness of it. No offense whatsoever, because I totally see how you could love it so, but the other songs you mentioned I prefer over it very much (with the exception of Hello, Goodbye).

Strawberry Fields is my dad's favorite song of all time. He cried at one point when I played him some of the SFF demos. He just adores it, so it means a lot to me if just for that.
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 12:21 PM   #8
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"Fool on the Hill" was the answer (in question form) to one of the questions on Jepardy on fri, 1-21.
Just an aside, whatever.
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 01:29 PM   #9
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I like the lyrics of this one a lot, but for the actual song I admit I've never been crazy about it. I'm not sure what it is about it that doesn't click with me, but the ones you listed Matt, such as Strawberry Fields, I Am The Walrus, Hello Goodbye, etc, I get into a lot more. I don't know what it is about one certain song that attracts people more than others, but I guess there's something about The Fool that most don't care for?
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 02:59 PM   #10
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I think Fool On The Hill is a very lovely, underrated song. But I have to be in the right mood to listen to it though.

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It's alright, I don't really think it's one of Paul's best, but I agree that it's underrated. I know what you mean about having to be in the right mood to listen to it, though.
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 06:46 PM   #11
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What does it really matter what he's talking about? Just as long as you can have your own meaning for it. Tell me then, what is John talking about in I Am The Walrus?

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I prefer knowing what singers and singing about, which is why I REALLY wanna know what John was singing about in Strawberry Fields.

The beauty of I Am The Walrus is that John intended it to be toward his fans that look too much into the lyrics of what he sings. "Let's see the f*ckers try to figure this one out!" is a famous John quote. Therefore, one must look at this song as John INTENTIONALLY trying to be nonsensical, and succeeds, making it a really great song. THAT'S what he's talking about
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 06:49 PM   #12
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The beauty of I Am The Walrus is that John intended it to be toward his fans that look too much into the lyrics of what he sings. "Let's see the f*ckers try to figure this one out!" is a famous John quote. Therefore, one must look at this song as John INTENTIONALLY trying to be nonsensical, and succeeds, making it a really great song. THAT'S what he's talking about

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Heh, I really need to go into reasearch before posting anything here don't I? I've read that quote before. lol
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Old Jan 26, 2005, 11:47 PM   #13
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The song "Nowhere Man " and "Fool on the Hill" are linked in my mind for some reason. I don't know why. Anybody else have this feeling? Perhaps they are both "Nemos", or no man, as it means in Latin. The Fool could be an angel (no man) and Nowwhere Man could be everyman( no single man) Wow, thoughts run deep, late at night. Just thinkin'.
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Old Oct 05, 2006, 09:55 PM   #14
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What does it really matter what he's talking about? Just as long as you can have your own meaning for it. Tell me then, what is John talking about in I Am The Walrus?
Stream of consciousness strawberry fields lyrics versus his nonsensical walrus lyrics. I find it nearly impossible to know precisely what he was singing about, but that's half the fun.
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 12:00 PM   #15
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I love Fool On The Hill. I think it's a classic as well. Everytime I hear it it makes me think he's singing about Harpo Marx! I picture Harpo walking up on some hill looking foolish with that goofy face expression of his, the gookie! And the man of a thousand voices makes me think of Groucho. Call me crazy but that's what I see in my head each time I hear it!
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Old Feb 01, 2005, 10:38 AM   #16
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I love the lyrics for this song, but what bothers me a little are the winds. The melody and the lyrics are great.

what I also like very much about this song is when Paul says "but the fool on the hill" and John's voice appears That's great.
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Old Oct 03, 2006, 02:47 PM   #17
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Sorry to crash the "Fool On The Hill" love-in, but I just don't like it that much.
I should specify--it's not a bad song, but it's certainly not one of Paul's better efforts. I think it's just too long, by about one chorus. Just when it sounds as if he should be heading towards the finish, he keeps going! I've always felt "You Won't See Me" has the same problem--in both cases, Paul should have edited himself just a bit.

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Old Oct 04, 2006, 11:20 AM   #18
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i've really gotten back into MMT in the past few months, and while i agree it's a great macca vocal, i often find myself skipping it .
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Old Oct 03, 2006, 05:34 AM   #19
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beautiful song really..............
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Old Oct 03, 2006, 06:36 AM   #20
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*Was* it ignored? Didn't Brasil '66 do a really cool cover version shortly after the original came out? (shamefacedly admits that the Brasil '66 version was the first version of the song I ever heard. I didn't hear the original until years later).
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