Today's Candy: Doobie Brothers "What a Fool Believes"
I have a secret obsession with reading the comments section on Youtube. Even though I have never encountered anything remotely redeemable and whole-heartedly believe that only the bottom dredges of society post there, I can't help but read them for every video I watched.
Naturally I read them as I watched countless videos for Today's Candy: "What a Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers. There are roughly 37 different versions of this song, so I had a lot of comments to sort through.
The best comment I found was from rebanx1, who offered up this gem: "One of the best band to come out of the USA… pure class."
For some reason this absolutely killed me. It offers nothing in the way of commentary for this sublime retro jam, but I think it's worth ruminating on while you listen to it below:
This song is a classic for a number of reasons, the main one of course being that it proves white boys can play some funky music as well. This song is oozing with earnest and authenticity, and while the sound is certainly a little dated, it stands the test of time for me thanks to the harmonies and instrumental work.
Check out the lyrics below:
He came from somewhere back in her long ago The sentimental fool dont see Tryin hard to recreate What had yet to be created once in her life
She musters a smile For his nostalgic tale Never coming near what he wanted to say Only to realize It never really was
She had a place in his life He never made her think twice As he rises to her apology Anybody else would surely know Hes watching her go
But what a fool believes he sees No wise man has the power to reason away What seems to be Is always better than nothing And nothing at all keeps sending him...
Somewhere back in her long ago Where he can still believe theres a place in her life Someday, somewhere, she will return