Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Who/What/When/Where/Why/How – “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”

“Why do fools fall in love?
Why do birds sing so gay? 
And lovers await the break of day
Why do they fall in love?”

A 1956 hit for the rock and roll group Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” also was the first hit recording made in the Bell Sound Studio in New York.

But who wrote this song? The early single releases list Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago, and George Goldner as co-writers. Later releases list only Lymon and record producer Goldner, but even later, Goldner’s name was replaced by Morris Levy’s. A 1992 court ruling awarded songwriting credits to two original members of The Teenagers, Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant. That court ruling was overturned in 1996, and song rights were given back to Lymon and Levy.

Oh wah, oh wah, oh wah, oh wah, oh wah, oh wah
Why do fools fall in love?
Why do birds sing so gay? 
And lovers await the break of day
Why do they fall in love?

Why does the rain fall from up above?
Why do fools fall in love?
Why do they fall in love?

Love is a losing game
Love can be a shame
I know of a fool 
You see
For that fool is me

Tell me why, why, why
Tell me why

Why do birds sing so gay?
And lovers await the break of day?
Why do they fall in love?

Why does the rain fall from up above?
Why do fools fall in love?
Why do they fall in love?

Why does my heart skip a crazy beat?
Before I know it will reach defeat!

Tell me why, why, why
Why do fools fall in love?

Songwriters: Morris Levy / Frankie Lymon

Why Do Fools Fall In Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


Thanks to A Unique Title For Me for hosting this challenge again this week. It’s so much fun!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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  2. I learnt this song in Stagecoach Saturday morning school, a happy memory.

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    1. This is a wonderful song. It has such a catchy tune even though the words could be construed as somewhat sad.

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  3. Just getting to your song as the lightning killed my internet last night. Thanks for adding the song writing credit story.

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    1. I still wonder who really wrote that song! LOL

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  4. ghostmmnc says:

    Oh great song! Hadn’t heard it in a long time. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s an oldie, but it was the first song that came to mind for this week’s theme.

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