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Bryan Ferry — Fool For Love
Album: Frantic
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Released: 2002
Length: 4:39
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In days gone by
There was a king
A fool for love
And all it brings

So high and wise
Could read your mind
A fool for love
And love is blind

A crowded street
An empty train
A fool for love
You cry in vain

A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love

In days gone by
There was a queen
A fool for love
And all it means

Red ruby lips
Don't touch me eyes
A fool for love
And love is blind

A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love

Like flowers in the rain
I'm twisted up inside
I'll never be the same

I hear the same old lines
You played me for a fool
You really hurt my pride

A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love

In days gone by
There was a king
A fool for love
And all it brings

So high and wise
Could read your mind
A fool for love
And love is blind
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riffster wrote:
... noodling schamncy-romancy schlockmeister ...

Precisely the qualities I look for in (Mr. Ferry's current guise as) a lounge singer! Perfect for a smoky, three-drinks-down, 1am wind down - or a good pity wallow in the aftermath of a breakup.

 Excelsior wrote:
A foofalah?
 
Ha! I was reading your comment right when he sang it. Perfect translation.


In the album pic he looks like he might be puking. I might be soon as well.
Beautiful and layered.  Love it.
 riffster wrote:
I'm not a Bryan Ferry fan. For me, Roxy Music was one genius (Eno), one pretty darn good guitarist (Phil Manzanera), Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson (good musicians) and Mr. Ferry.

His rendition of 'Take me to the River' is a great song. - Riff
 
I took the liberty of editing your post. Sometimes a little parsing is good because it weeds out the unnecessary verbiage that is clouding your true meaning.

-PJB

 riffster wrote:
I'm not a Bryan Ferry fan - never have been. For me, Roxy Music was one genius (Eno), one pretty darn good guitarist (Phil Manzanera), Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson (good musicians) and Mr. Ferry (a pretentious art school type who took the twist I liked out of the first two albums and replaced it with unending garbling of lyrics and flagrantly overwrought Hallmark-moment dance rock.) Ferry drives me up the wall like nails on a blackboard. Or rather, he represents a rock version of the movie 'Titanic', noodling schamncy-romancy schlockmeister junk. His rendition of 'Take me to the River' qualifies as a WMD as far as I am concerned. He's lucky Al Green is a Pastor and won't consider retribution for destroying a great song. - Riff
 
He may indeed be a pretentious art school type with an unending garbling of lyrics and produce flagrantly overwrought hallmark-moment dance rock, but you gotta admit, he does it rather well!

As far as I'm concerned he's made that corner of music's rich tapestry his own and I love it!

Lots of Eno in this! Wonderful song!!

 {#Clap}
This song has a creepy, ethereal quality to it that I adore.{#War}
{#Yawn}
And you're right. Even in "Do the Strand", by far the best bit is when he stops singing. :lol:
riffster wrote:
I'm not a Bryan Ferry fan - never have been. For me, Roxy Music was one genius (Eno), one pretty darn good guitarist (Phil Manzanera), Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson (good musicians) and Mr. Ferry (a pretentious art school type who took the twist I liked out of the first two albums and replaced it with unending garbling of lyrics and flagrantly overwrought Hallmark-moment dance rock.) Ferry drives me up the wall like nails on a blackboard. Or rather, he represents a rock version of the movie 'Titanic', noodling schamncy-romancy schlockmeister junk. His rendition of 'Take me to the River' qualifies as a WMD as far as I am concerned. He's lucky Al Green is a Pastor and won't consider retribution for destroying a great song. - Riff
Y'know, you shouldn't sugarcoat it. You should tell us how you really feel. BTW, it would seem some musicians you admire (Manzanera, Eno, and MacKay) would disagree with your assessment of Ferry's skills. As would I.
riffster wrote:
I'm not a Bryan Ferry fan - never have been. For me, Roxy Music was one genius (Eno), one pretty darn good guitarist (Phil Manzanera), Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson (good musicians) and Mr. Ferry (a pretentious art school type who took the twist I liked out of the first two albums and replaced it with unending garbling of lyrics and flagrantly overwrought Hallmark-moment dance rock.) Ferry drives me up the wall like nails on a blackboard. Or rather, he represents a rock version of the movie 'Titanic', noodling schamncy-romancy schlockmeister junk. His rendition of 'Take me to the River' qualifies as a WMD as far as I am concerned. He's lucky Al Green is a Pastor and won't consider retribution for destroying a great song. - Riff
:yes: in total accord.. In fact I have to put on "Do the Strand" right now just to erase this and restore a semblance of dignity to the man.
A foofalah? :doh:
I'm not a Bryan Ferry fan - never have been. For me, Roxy Music was one genius (Eno), one pretty darn good guitarist (Phil Manzanera), Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson (good musicians) and Mr. Ferry (a pretentious art school type who took the twist I liked out of the first two albums and replaced it with unending garbling of lyrics and flagrantly overwrought Hallmark-moment dance rock.) Ferry drives me up the wall like nails on a blackboard. Or rather, he represents a rock version of the movie 'Titanic', noodling schamncy-romancy schlockmeister junk. His rendition of 'Take me to the River' qualifies as a WMD as far as I am concerned. He's lucky Al Green is a Pastor and won't consider retribution for destroying a great song. - Riff
Always grand to hear the so-cool Mr. Ferry!
he did a bossa nova album that's pretty cool.
I luh this. It's luhly. Ery ery luhly.
Love his voice, love the guitar fills on this....
Odyzzeuz wrote:
OK, after a while it bugs me that he keeps saying ''a fool for luh.'' Listen to it like that and I guarantee it will start irritating you. There's a ''V'' at the end of that word, Bryan. Look it up.
I think you have to be V-deaf! There is no wrong with Bryan's LUV I'll tell you ;-) Did you know that he'll release an album with Dylan covers on 5th of March? He's going on tour 1 March. With him on the record are Leo Abrahams, Guy Pratt, Chris Spedding, Paul Carrack, Zev Katz, Andy Newmark, Colin Good, Warren Ellis and Eno on one song. And oh my God how excited I am when thinking of the new Roxy Music studio album in the fall!!! Also with some Eno...
May I just say for the record that Bryan Ferry was one of the highlights of eightie's pop. That dreamy, half there, half not slippery voice, great songs, great arrangements, great instrumentation. Slave to Love, Don't Stop the Dance, More than This, etc. There was a lot that he did that I don't care for, but the stuff that works just holds up so well.
I was in a record store the other day. Someone brought up Roxy Music, and a guy who worked there said "*sigh* I've had to share every woman I know with Bryan Ferry." He's so handsome still!
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
:puke: sorry, just don't like any Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry since Brian Eno left RM. there's a thought, what about "Do the Strand?"
There's loads of old Roxy on the LRC: Out Of The Blue, Every Dream Home A Nightmare
gid wrote:
who is on guitar?
The liner notes say Chris Spedding, Martin Wheatley, Pete Glenister, and Mick Green. Lead's probably Spedding. Not a Knopfler in sight...or sound.
:puke: sorry, just don't like any Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry since Brian Eno left RM. there's a thought, what about "Do the Strand?"
kerr wrote:
OK, I was intrigued and found this which seems to suggest it wasn't Dave Stewart.
Yep, you're right, not Dave Stewart but Chris Spedding.... he's the ONE rumored to have played on the Sex Pistols' NMTB and he's great!
guitar_man_101 wrote:
You read my mind! Very similar voice to Knopfler and his almost lazy, yet ellagent style of singing.
You are aware that Bryan Ferry has been in the Music Biz since the early 70s? So... Chicken and egg....
element1 wrote:
draws much on mark knopfler, no?
You read my mind! Very similar voice to Knopfler and his almost lazy, yet ellagent style of singing.
Sniff.. Reminds me when I was somewhat younger and in love: Late night dancing - very close ..
You just have to respect a man who fell for a Texas Lady!!
Mari wrote:
...Fool For Love personified!...Franticly Romantic... :heartkiss: ...
Mari, you've got good taste in music!
dadofsammy wrote:
Theres's a strange majesty to this that I like...despite the fact that BF's "persona" doesn't really do much for me.
What is his persona?
draws much on mark knopfler, no?
I really haven't followed Ferry much since the early 90s, so it was nice to hear something relatively new (2002). This comes close to some of his vintage stuff, though it doesn't quite reach the hights of More Than This or Slave to Love (my all time fave--from Streetlife). But yeah, the guitar work is tasty.
:music:
One of my faves on his newest. Reminds me of his other romantic-angst tunes from yesteryear.
Another Ferry Wank Fest...
Theres's a strange majesty to this that I like...despite the fact that BF's "persona" doesn't really do much for me.
have good, get give babyarm
OK, I was intrigued and found this which seems to suggest it wasn't Dave Stewart. Helchat wrote:
Okay, I'll give another hint: he was "rumored" to have played with the Sex Pistols on the NMTB album .... did you guess yet?
OK, after a while it bugs me that he keeps saying ''a fool for luh.'' Listen to it like that and I guarantee it will start irritating you. There's a ''V'' at the end of that word, Bryan. Look it up.
Helchat wrote:
Okay, I'll give another hint: he was "rumored" to have played with the Sex Pistols on the NMTB album .... did you guess yet?
I'm going to take a stab, and say Dave Stewart?
Okay, I'll give another hint: he was "rumored" to have played with the Sex Pistols on the NMTB album .... did you guess yet?
I AM a big BF fan, but i bet there are those out there who can guess who's on the guitar that don't even care much for BF :guitarist: :yes:
Not a big BF fan, but this one is veeeeeeery cool!
Shesdifferent wrote:
Love this solo Brian Ferry.....but I am done being a fool for love! Love Stinks!
Now you're mixing your Geils with your Ferry...you could very well end up on the Rox if you do that... Bryan is most excellent, btw :music:
Love this solo Brian Ferry.....but I am done being a fool for love! Love Stinks!
A fool for love... And love is blind
The man ooozes style ... in a tight-ass old-English way. Love it.
who is on guitar?
brighthue wrote:
Prog Rock meets Lounge. Croon on, Brian...
As a friend said, after seeing him a couple of decades ago from way in the back of the theatre: You just knew he was wearing Italian shoes.
8)
Soothing. Goood. Fine. Makes me calm down. :nodhead: :flamed.gif: :sunny.gif: :goodvibes.gif:
Ahhhyessssublime
Ferry solo will never compare to Ferry with Roxy. I like the feel of this piece, though. Nothing comes close to "Avalon" IMHO.
dpjag wrote:
Uh, go back and listen to "For Your Pleasure." Anything with both Bryan Ferry and Eno goes places Mick and the boys never thought of.
Okay kiddies. Stop fighting now. There is room in the musical universe for both...am as big a Stones fan as I am a Roxy/Ferry/Eno fan. It's all good, baby. Just different... even Jerry Hall likes them both heh heh.
shevek wrote:
There's more music in ONE song by the Rolling Stones than in ALL the albums of Brian Ferry & Roxy Music together. :lol:
Uh, go back and listen to "For Your Pleasure." Anything with both Bryan Ferry and Eno goes places Mick and the boys never thought of.
One of the finest pieces by Ferry
shevek wrote:
There's more music in ONE song by the Rolling Stones than in ALL the albums of Brian Ferry & Roxy Music together. :lol:
Okay, so I take um, Emotional Rescue, (off of Emotional Rescue)and lay it out on the counter on plenty of newspaper, freshly honed fish knife in hand. Where is all that music? Is it behind that line about the "Fine Arab Chaaaagchaaa"? Because I always thought that line was kind of phoning it in.
Prog Rock meets Lounge. Croon on, Brian...
How fitting for my mood today....
Originally Posted by Heathen954: Timeless voice of Mr. Ferry. What a class guy. Beautiful tune. Added to my wish list. :notworthy:
Agreed. This song comes on and time comes to a screeching halt, prolonging the agony.
There\'s more music in ONE song by the Rolling Stones than in ALL the albums of Brian Ferry & Roxy Music together. :lol:
Originally Posted by Heathen954: Timeless voice of Mr. Ferry. What a class guy. Beautiful tune. Added to my wish list. :notworthy:
Timeless? Not sure, but always nearby: just pinch a little skin on the front of your neck and shake it while you talk and you'll sound just like him!
Timeless voice of Mr. Ferry. What a class guy. Beautiful tune. Added to my wish list. :notworthy:
Originally Posted by Mack: What is large, sometimes white, and if it falls outa tree on yer head it'll kill yer?
My car, after I wash it. So that's where it's hiding! Come down from there, you coward!
Second time I\'ve heard this on RP. First was already too much. No offense, but this is whiny, boring crud.
Another fines song by Mr. Ferry. I\'ll never tire of him.
Originally Posted by Mack: What is large, sometimes white, and if it falls outa tree on yer head it'll kill yer?
An elephant?
Sometimes his choice of material, cover tunes in particular, leaves me scratching my head. But this is a beautiful blend of vocal, production, and lyric.
feh
I saw Bryan Ferry live last night in Hollywood. Most Excellent. His band was great, especially Sistah Sarah Brown on B.Vox. She is a fox.
:frustrated:
Originally Posted by Mack: What is large, sometimes white, and if it falls outa tree on yer head it'll kill yer?
an albino coconut?
Originally Posted by oufason: One can never get enough Bryan Ferry. Great on record, better live. This new album is great.... play more!
I dare ya to listen to this song non-stop for a day. Then tell us one can never get enough. ;)
What is large, sometimes white, and if it falls outa tree on yer head it\'ll kill yer? A Ferry ;)
another sexy voice! now we just need to hear david bowie and I will be in heaven....
Originally Posted by tombeaux: Stop the madness! No more Ferry -- and can we retire the Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd tunes as well! :rolleyes:
Amazing that you could put these three in the same category at all, unless it's just a category of your personal dislikes. In which case I agree with you on two out of three - I think Bryan is godlike! Innovative like Byrne or Bowie. Three very different sounds, three eclectic and awesome artists.
One can never get enough Bryan Ferry. Great on record, better live. This new album is great.... play more!
Originally Posted by kevinc: Never liked Ferry, but this is actually ok. Has his voice changed? I always recall that being what annoyed me most....but it's been 15 or 20 years too :P Kevin
It can also be, you got more used to weird singing. ;-) But, indeed now you mention it, he sings with less vibrato, more smoothly.
Never liked Ferry, but this is actually ok. Has his voice changed? I always recall that being what annoyed me most....but it\'s been 15 or 20 years too :P Kevin
this new ferry album is hands down his best solo work since the early 70\'s ....excellent!
Stop the madness! No more Ferry -- and can we retire the Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd tunes as well! :roll:
why so much bryan ferry? why??
Originally Posted by loveslave: What a great tune, and beautiful guitar playing. Kinda corny lyrics though, don't you think?
The truth can sound corny.
....a voice like water flowing in a clear blue stream....
What a great tune, and beautiful guitar playing. Kinda corny lyrics though, don\'t you think?
Godlike.
A LEGEND INDEED :D
One of the smoothest voices in the biz! Nice.
Cool! I didn\'t know Bryan Ferry had a new CD -- thanks RP!