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“Fool's Gold”
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Information
Album

Four

Released

November 17, 2014

Format

Digital download

Recorded

2014

Length

3:31

Writers

Jamie Scott, John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Liam Payne, Maureen McDonald, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson

Producer

Matt Rad, Jamie Scott, Sam Miller

Fool's Gold is the sixth track from One Direction's fourth studio album, Four.

Lyrically, the song describes being aware of a romantic partner's empty love but wanting to continue the relationship anyway, despite feeling used.

The definition of the phrase "fool's gold" is "something you think will be very pleasant and successful but is not".

Background

On September 8, 2014, the band announced the release of their fourth album, Four, on the Today Show. On November 17, 2014 the boys announced the new song Fool's Gold.

Jamie Scott, a longtime songwriting collaborator for the group, spoke to MTV about writing Fool's Gold with Harry Styles.

“I was in the studio with Harry, kind of just recording vocals, and it happened so quick. It took on this amazing sound and meaning for me as a writer on this album.”

Lyrics

  
[Niall]
I'm like a crow on a wire
You're the shining distraction that makes me fly, oh
I'm like a boat on the water
You're the rays on the waves that calm my mind
Oh, every time

[Harry]
But I know in my heart
You're not a constant star

And, yeah, I let you use me from the day that we first met
But I'm not done yet
Falling for your fool's gold
And I knew that you turned it on for everyone you met
But I don't regret
Falling for your fool's gold

[Liam]
I'm the first to admit that I'm reckless
I get lost in your beauty and I can't see
Two feet in front of me

[Louis]
And I know in my heart
You're just a moving part

[All]
And, yeah, I let you use me from the day that we first met
But I'm not done yet
Falling for your fool's gold
And I knew that you turned it on for everyone you met
But I don't regret
Falling for your fool's gold

[Zayn]
Yeah, I know your love's not real
That's not the way it feels
That's not the way you feel

[All]
And, yes, I let you use me from the day that we first met
But I'm not done yet
Falling for your fool's gold
And I knew that you turned it on for everyone you met
But I don't regret
Falling for your fool's gold

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