Once There Lived a Fool

Jessie Mae Robinson

Jessie Mae Robinson


PROFILE
Songwriter Jessie Mae Robinson
Year Written 1950
About Once There Lived a Fool
“Once There Lived a Fool” was written by Jessie Mae Robinson, who was the first female African-American member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Tony Bennett was one of the first artists to record this song, as was Anita O’Day.

Lyrics

Once there lived a fool,
Many moons ago.
She was such a fool,
Ask me, I should know!

I still remember the way he would cry
Each time you said goodbye;
And walked in the rain,
Almost insane,
But please don’t ask me why!

Once there lived a fool,
But, as wise men say,
Even fools in love,
They wake up one day!

There’s no more sadness,
no tears in his eyes,
I’m so glad he’s free.
Once there lived a fool,
And that fool was me!

Once there lived a fool,
That fool was me!
That fool was me!

Session / Album Information

1950

“Once There Lived A Fool” was recorded on December 6, 1950 and released in 1951. The song was arranged by Marty Manning.

This recording released on:

  • 1951:  Columbia 78: 39187
  • 1951: Columbia 45: 4-39187
  • 1952: Columbia LP 10″: CL 6221 — Because Of You
  • 2000: Blue Jackel CD: 8427328030137 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits
  • 2001: Blue Moon CD: BMCD 8001 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2004: Solo CD: 1214 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits
  • 2004: Blue Moon CD: BMCD 3013 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2011: Disc #3 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK3) The Columbia Singles, Vol. 1

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