April Fools' Play List

THE BEATLES

“Fool On The Hill”

This Paul McCartney classic tells the tale of a quiet man who is considered a fool because of his lack of interaction with others, though in reality, is just a wise fellow who keeps to himself. Though Paul has never officially revealed who the fool is, he has said the song refers to “someone like” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a Hindu guru who became a mentor for the Beatles and the Beach Boys in the late 1960s. Of the Maharishi, McCartney says, “his detractors called him a fool. Because of his giggle he wasn't taken too seriously...I thought of this and was sitting at the piano at my father's house in Liverpool hitting a D 6th chord, and I made up 'Fool on the Hill.’”

#PaulSeesAll #TheMaharishi #FoolsDayPlaylist    



CEELO GREEN

“Fool For You”

Like a calculus pop quiz, love can make a fool out of anyone, anytime. Making love’s test even tougher, there are no graphing calculators with equations to solve matters of the heart, and Cee-Lo has discovered this the hard way. Judging by this song, it seems he’s been played for the fool by a certain lady, many times. But such is the nature of love, unconditional forgiveness and eternal hope, and even if he gets burned this time, living a loving life tends to pay off eventually. Though April Fool’s Day is all about uncertainty and hoaxes, Spring has sprung and CeeLo sounds hopeful that the blossoms will bring with them a new chance of romance.

#LovinLikeAnOven #CeeLoSaysSo #FoolsDayPlaylist    



TEGAN AND SARA

“I Was a Fool”

Canadian sisters Tegan and Sara’s heart-spilling power ballad tells the story of a woman looking back on a dysfunctional relationship that she refused to address. Both have reported “I Was a Fool” was inspired by repeated listens to Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, and “Unfaithful”, two songs that cover similar thematic territory. The song’s strength-through-the-storm story and female empowerment vibe has drawn comparisons to the works of Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson as well as Gwen Stefani—three ladies that certainly don’t fool around. As Tegan and Sara’s tale testifies, there is certainly a difference between “I was” a fool and “I am” a fool, and it’s never too late to learn that difference.

#NoFoolin #SingingSisters #FoolsDayPlaylist



LED ZEPPELIN

“Fool in the Rain”

The tropical blues shuffle “Fool in the Rain” is Robert Plant’s story of waiting in a downpour for a lover who seems to be running late. He waits ten minutes, then ten minutes more, until suddenly, he finds himself soaked. These were the days before cell phones, so he waits it out—but surprise! His date never arrives. The album that “Fool in the Rain” appeared on held some surprises as well. When wiped with a wet rag, the vinyl version of the album turned a unique alternate color. It’s no “When the Levee Breaks”, or “Ramble On”, but “Fool in the Rain” is a proper play for April Fools Day, and a sure reminder to check the forecast before scheduling an outdoor date this Spring.

#LedItRain #AprilShowers #FoolsDayPlaylist


THE WHO

“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

“Won’t Get Fooled Again” began as a section of The Who’s science-fiction rock opera Lifehouse, but after that project fell apart, it joined the band’s seminal Who’s Next album. And no joke, the synth line that opens the song is an audio representation of human life traits, channeled by Meher Baba, a famous Indian religious figure. Baba is said to have translated the traits to Who guitarist Pete Townshend, who in turn programmed the synthesizer in a pattern meant to represent the spiritual connection between humans and music. Not kidding. It must’ve been somewhat accurate, as the song quickly hit #9 in the UK and #15 in the USA charts, and eventually, was named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

#FoolMeOne…FoolMeTwice #GuessWho #FoolsDayPlaylist

    

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