That Kind of Fool Lyrics

From the 1975 LP album "Odd Man In"


A biographical song by the Killer!

That Kind of Fool Lyrics was written by Mack Vickery and released on Jerry Lee Lewis' Album "Odd Man In" an album I purchased in 1975.

This is a classic barroom song Jerry Lee delivers with perfection.

Even though this song was never a top Country hit Lewis manages to pull every last drop of truth out of this song and make it sound so appealing.

And I wonder how many of those old country "Roadhouses" still have this song on their juke box today?   

I always believed Lewis was not given the credit he surely deserved for helping to break down barriers between country and rock-n-roll. 

In spite of the demands to only play old hits at concerts, Jerry Lee turned to country in the late sixties and this allowed him the freedom to record whatever kinds of music he wanted.


That Kind of Fool
Why No Hit Single From A Damn Good Album?


Jerry Lee Lewis singing through a hangover.

It is unusual that the Jerry Lee Lewis album, "Odd Man In" from 1975  didn't generate a single hit.

Two really good songs on the LP, "A Damn Good Country Song" and "Don't Boogie Woogie" (When You Say Your Prayers Tonight) couldn't manage to make it into the Country Top 40, a stumble that could have been chalked up to the Mickey Gilley mania that started to sweep the country in 1975.

And it could be because he's singing a lot of old standards, heavy on boogie woogie, sounding as if he's singing through a hangover that suits his bleary-eyed charm and "set the piano on fire" mood --- with two of the original barroon weepers, "Goodnight Irene" and "Your Cheatin' Heart" included on the album in a very different style. And it's really odd that a album this good didn't gain much traction upon its release.

Please enjoy this song but take note of those sad country lyrics about a man who just can't seem to make it home to his wife after too much booze.   


That Kind of Fool
Recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis
Written by Mack Vickery

Look at that fool, goin' home to his wife
Look at that fool, he never lays out all night

He doesn't know what it's like to be untrue
Wish I could have been that kind of fool

Look at that fool, have one drink then go home
Look at that fool, he's leavin' that woman all alone

Then go home to someone, who loves him true
Wish ol' Jerry Lee could have been that kind of fool

But I try, I can't do it darling
Not even for you
Woman, it's not that Jerry Lee don't love you
But there's just some things I can't do

Look at that fool, going home to his wife
Look at that fool, he don't lay out drunk all night

Go on home to somebody, who loves you true
I wish I could have been, that kind of fool

Ol' Jerry Lee should have been that kind of fool


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