In 1997, a year which Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes, and Martina McBride were among the women hitting the country charts with pop-influenced tunes, a newcomer from Jacksonville, Texas, was about to earn raves (and even comparisons to fellow Texan George Strait) for her self-titled debut album that kept things decidedly country. Released on May 13th, 1997, Lee Ann Womack Album was awash in traditional fiddle and steel guitar and led by Womack’s spectacular voice, itself a combination of Tammy Wynette‘s tears, Loretta Lynn‘s drawl and Alison Krauss‘ purity.
For the record…
The self-titled album consisted of self-penned materials as well as songs written by other artists, including Mark Chesnutt, Ricky Skaggs, and Sharon White. The first single, “Never Again, Again” made the country charts and playlists by March 1997, which led to the release of the album’s second single, “The Fool” shortly afterward. More successful than her first single, “The Fool” reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Country chart that year. That year, she won major awards from the country music community; Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Top Artist of the Year from Billboard Magazine, and was nominated for the Horizon award by the Country Music Association. Decca Nashville decided to close its doors in 1998, moving Womack to MCA Nashville Records that year.
Knowing “The Fool”
“The Fool” is a country ballad written by Marla Cannon-Goodman, Gene Ellsworth and Charlie Stefl. The song tells the story of a woman who realizes her boyfriend is still in love with another woman. The female narrator knows the woman is no longer in love with him and asks her to please leave him alone.
The best verse of “The Fool” is:
“Just one more thing before I go. I’m not here to put you down. You don’t love him and that’s a fact. Girl, I’ve seen you around. But you hold his heart in the palm of your hand and it’s breaking mine in two. ‘Cause I’m the fool in love with the fool who’s still in love with you.”
This originated from another song that Marla Cannon-Goodman and Gene Ellsworth had written which was wasn’t any good apart from having a great melody.
Listen to the heartbreaking lyrics of “The Fool” emotionally delivered by Lee Anne Womack’s one of a kind voice. Enjoy your day fella!