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I have some strumming tips for this song in a blog article here.

Poor Little Fool

by Sharon Sheeley, as performed by Ricky Nelson


Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010


Am:  x02210


F:    133211

      3    4

G:    3x0003


            >       >

        B   D   D U D U     w/swing feel

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



/ C - - - / Am - - - / F - - - / G - - - / x2


  C                     Am                           F                     G

I used to play around with hearts that hastened at my call,

         C                     Am            F                     G

But when I met that little girl I knew that I would fall.



                 C          Am    F              G          C    Am    G

Poor little fool, oh yeah,       I was a fool, uh-huh


          C                      Am                        F                  G

She'd play around and tease me with her carefree devil eyes,

      C                 Am              F                 G

She'd hold me close and kiss me but her heart was full of lies.




         C                      Am                      F                     G

She told me how she cared for me and that we'd never part,

         C                   Am           F                     G

And so for the very first time I gave away my heart.




        C                        Am               F                      G

The next day she was gone and I knew she'd lied to me,

        C                     Am                    F               G

She left me with a broken heart and won her victory.




               C                            Am                       F                        G

Well I'd played this game with other hearts but I never thought I'd see,

         C                      Am                             F                         G

The day that someone else would play love's foolish game with me.




Final Chorus:

                 C          Am  F             G          C    F

Poor little fool, oh yeah,    I was a fool, uh-huh


/ C - - - / - - - (hold 3rd beat) /

This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.