Glen Hansard – "Fool's Game"



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“Fool’s Game” by Glen Hansard from the album ‘This Wild Willing,’ available now
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Ian, hello! I just had the first moment of quiet here at the American Hotel in Amsterdam. I made a cup of tea and read your mail – which I’d been waiting to do, looked forward to even – and I’m knocked out by your sense of perception with this set of images and characters. It’s funny: I see it as characters too, not just as myself singing a song I wrote. There’s a kind of drama running through the shots, although it was all filmed by Myles O’Reilly in his very open style, with the occasional set-up (for example; the man asleep at the table with taxi money).

My idea was to take the camera into a night in Paris, stay up with friends till dawn drinking, eating, talking, and sing the song occasionally as the night went on. The main theme for me was “fraternity”, friends sharing time. It’s almost a continuation of the night that we filmed “I’ll Be You, Be Me”. Maybe this is what happened after the filming? Maybe the band went for drinks? Where did they go? Who did they meet? Every evening in Paris with these guys was a little bit like this, a magical ride through the city’s back side.

But what you saw in it fascinates me; this character apart in a crowd, unmoored in the night but tied to his thoughts. When you describe it, I can feel that narrative very strongly and it must be true to a degree, because when I sat with all the footage and began to carve a story, I somehow knew that I must keep the singing character at some distance, far away in his thoughts. The song is a meditation on the wild ride we go on when we surrender to another; the giving up of control; the vulnerability of loving and being loved. ‘Don’t let anyone advise us,’ it says, ‘because whatever happens, I only answer to you, and you to me’. Anyone who gives love advice is simply not to be trusted.

Maire appears in the clip as a guardian, watching over our character. She’s on the same streets, in the same rooms, the same night, but she’s just watching, staying near. Almost like a Wim Wenders Wings of Desire angel.

With love and gratitude,
Glen x

Filmed by Myles O’Reilly in Paris, France
Edited by Glen Hansard in Dublin, Ireland
Aida Shahghasemi filmed by Arash Nikazad in Tehran, Iran for ArtBox
With special thanks to Francois Lecoq, Olivier Brandicourt, James Thiérrée, Máire Saaritsa, Chloe and all the students from the Ecole Lecoq, Stephen Patrick Allen and Steven O’Connor

Lyrics

It’s a fool’s, fool’s game
Lover, that we have to play
Crashing into each other
No convalescing

It’s a leap of faith
Lover, that we blindly take
I’m taking it with you and no other
No hesitating

And if our minds they go
And our bones they shatter
We’ll put it on nobody
But ourselves

It’s an old refrain
Lover, that we hear again
Urging a cautious measure
Sounding a warning

It’s a thin escape
Lover, that we hope to make
When we’re beaten, broken and battered
Beyond consoling

And the breezes blow
And to the winds we’re scattered
And we’re fending for nobody
But ourselves

It’s a fool’s, fool’s game
When you’ve nothing but a heart to break
Better keep on breaking it, lover
Until it opens

It’s a speeding train
Beating through the pouring rain
With no way to slow or stop it
And the tracks are broken

Like a rising wave
Through the storms we gather
And we’re falling on nobody
But ourselves

Glen Hansard: Keyboards, Vocals, Guitars
Earl Harvin: Drums, Vocals
Joseph Doyle: Bass, Vocals
Ruth O’Mahony Brady: Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
Aida Shahghasemi: Vocals, Percussion
David Cleary: Sounds
Dunk Murphy: Keyboards, Sounds
Michael Buckley: Horns
Pouyã Khoshravesh: Vocals
Mãni Khoshravesh: Vocals
Nimã Khoshravesh: Vocals
Javier Mas: Spanish Guitar, Vocals
Nadia Genet: Vocals
David Odlum: Moog

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  • Dios que cancion mas genial no habia escuchado algo asi desde hace tiempos

    Travis Martin June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • My friend sent me this and I immediately recognized James Thierree. He is just the coolest. Wish he were more appreciated among English-speakers. I have been a huge fan of his work for years.

    cldcollector June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Doesn't anyone else hear the similarities to Bonnie Tyler's "It's a Heartache?"

    MGD313 June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • How could I know that this longing would drive me so crazy ?

    That it would make my heart to hell, and my eyes to Jeyhoon (a big whitewater river in old Persia).

    Reza Jafari June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • چه دانستم که این سودا مرا زین سان کند مجنون

    دلم را دوزخی سازد دو چشمم را کند جیحون

    Reza Jafari June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • This is a cover right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0CG4eN8SUQ

    Dara DeBuitlear June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Dear Glen, my three year old son LOVES this song & "Renata" & we all love you & are praying for you in Jesus's Almighty Name Alleluliah my beautiful Brother. Love Renata & co (NY) (pray for us to leave ny lol)

    Conscious Love June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • I'm sorry to say, but this is not good… This whole album is absolutly lack of emotions! Please Glen, leave all this electronics, truphets and other stuff! Grab your old guitar and take a walk on the street, maybe you find this sad and emotions we all love you for…
    And to be clear: I'm absolutly fan of everything Glen done so far… exept of this record.

    Paweł Dąbrowski June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Dmt?

    Conscious Love June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • These songs are INSANELY beautiful. Shockingly beautiful. Thank you Glen and crew!!!!

    lcrooks69 June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Was so sorry to hear he had to cancel his New Orleans concert. It was my first chance to see Glen for This Wild WIlling tour. I hope he returns.

    K M June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • This album is brilliant. Watching him play this song live was amazing.

    Damon Laukala June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • 2:36 I love it!!!

    Catherine Bastien June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Perfect. Thank you. I love the Persian poem at the end of the track.

    HOSSEIN HASHEMI June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Plagiarism. Bonnie Tyler – It's a Heartache

    георгий прохоров June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • You are an AMAZING artist. We as humans can relate to your sense of pain in one way or another. I hope you realize how much you help this unforgiving world…I know you have helped this human many times over. Thank You For That.

    MeanMcCoy 33 June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Sense paraules Glend…

    Lauretala Auri June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • I heard of his songs from the movie. It's beautiful.
    I really wish, one day I have a chance to see his performance. It's gonna make my life

    Joker Glimmering June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Wunderschön. So mystisch, so sanft. Die persische Note am Ende versetzt einem in 1001 Nacht-Flair.

    Robin Spiegel June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Glen is a gift from God.

    David Privott June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Glen is a real DUB!

    sherp2u1 June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • watching this man in live was the best thing i ever did in life. I flew for more than 6.000km from Brazil to France only to watch him and it was the best decision of my entire life. Glen Hansard is the human form of art.

    Bruno de Mattos June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • How great can art be..

    HANNES HAGER - Der Punkpoet & Liebesprophet June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Beutiful love you Glen !!

    Vanessa Max June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Glen always sings from his soul for another soul.

    rumi hoque June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Stellar.

    DYLAN FRATER June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Im in love with this and brothers keeper

    Robert Flanagan June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Im only here to wait for 3:37

    Jonas Rettenegger June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Is anyone here able to translate the final bit of the song? Thank you kindly. I'm dying to know.

    Michał Zajch June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Me encanta !!!!!

    Ana Maria Manrique June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • si claro!!!!

    Bren N. June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • 3:33 O.O I had this softly playing in the background while working on my computer. That woke me up.

    Devon Opden Dries June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Sounds like the end of the world

    rinnin June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Wow! Magic

    Ingve Sandvold June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • It's a fool's, fool's game

    Lover, that we have to play

    Crashing into each other

    No convalescing

    It's a leap of faith

    Lover, that we blindly take

    I'm taking it with you and no other

    No hesitating

    And if our minds they go

    And our bones they shatter

    We'll put it on nobody

    But ourselves

    It's an old refrain

    Lover, that we hear again

    Urging a cautious measure

    Sounding a warning

    It's a thin escape

    Lover, that we hope to make

    When we're beaten, broken and battered

    Beyond consoling

    And the breezes blow

    And to the winds we're scattered

    And we're fending for nobody

    But ourselves

    It's a fool's, fool's game

    When you've nothing but a heart to break

    Better keep on breaking it, lover

    Until it opens

    It's a speeding train

    Beating through the pouring rain

    With no way to slow or stop it

    And the tracks are broken

    Like a rising wave

    Through the storms we gather

    And we're falling on nobody

    But ourselves

    loganpendel1 June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • This is what happens when Hansard listen to Iver. F*** beautiful !!

    Alex Correa June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Loving the lightly overdubbed vocals. Reminds me of a bit of frou frou/ imogen heap. Really excited for this album.

    Maxx M June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Who is the singer at the end of the song? She is amazing…

    Dieguito Mercado Palma June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • No me canso de ver el vídeo, creo que con la música de Glen la tristeza se siente más bonita.

    Emmanuel Sosa June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Awesome track!!! Will be seeing Glen for the eighth time in June!!!

    Bob Wells June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • This is so beautiful. Thanks Glen!

    EzequielJevy June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Divine

    Conny Tobermory June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • The beauty and power behind this song is unbelievable…..Thank you Glen, you're my musical inspiration…

    Devon Bly June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Feels like a Frames song! Just needs a nice soaring fiddle part.

    Spencer Ellsworth June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • Just…wow. Loving it

    David Greiner June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • This so far seems like the Glen solo album I've been waiting for since Glen started doing solo albums.

    themoley91 June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply
  • I want new album of the frames 😛

    이준재 June 19, 2020 7:14 pm Reply

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