Fool For Love

I waited in the rain for you, like a guard at Buckingham.
I created a lake for you, like the Grand Coulee Dam,
Where you could dive for pearls, like the brown Tahitian girls.
We both know what I am.

I’m a fool for love. I can’t get enough.
Lately, I ain’t gettin’ any.
I spent a pretty penny on that sentimental stuff
I never learned in school.
I ain’t tough. I’m just a fool.
A fool for love.

I broke through your pain with you, like an ancient rutting ram.
I waited at the stake for you, like a sacrificial lamb
You could give to God. But the plan was flawed
Because God knows what I am.

I’m a fool for love. I can’t get enough.
Lately, I ain’t gettin’ any.
I spent a pretty penny on that sentimental stuff
I never learned in school.
I ain’t tough. I’m just a fool.
A fool for love.

Is this a weakness I’ve had from the start?
Or am I witness to the grandeur of the human heart?

I drove 2,000 miles for you to our private Vietnam.
I killed your enemies for you, ‘cause you were in a jam.
And like our own Saigon, when it fell, you were gone,
To leave me as I am.

I’m a fool for love. I can’t get enough.
Lately, I ain’t gettin’ any.
I spent a pretty penny on that sentimental stuff
I never learned in school.
I ain't tough. I’m just a fool.
A fool for love.

Copyright 2006 NADJA MUSIC Reinaldo García
October 27, 1989 Bajo el Volcan Bookstore Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Fool for Love

As I was plotting my defection from the cult, I met with Lord John Pentland, then the head of the Gurdjieff Work in America. As a prerequisite to entering his branch of The Work, Pentland (who died in 1984) gave me several tasks. One of them was to “emulate” Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Sam Shepard, a student of Pentland, and “elevate Sam to sainthood. Since Shepard was very close to my father-in-law (who with some friends in the 1950s introduced the Gurdjieff Work to California), Saint Sam agreed to look over my first play Mixed Emotions and see if he could help get it produced. Long story short, Shepard did get it produced, in a manner of speaking: In early 1983 his play Fool For Love premiered at The Magic Theatre, and many core aspects of the piece (later made into a film by Robert Altman) were lifted from Mixed Emotions. When I confronted Saint Sam, he threatened to kill me if I pressed my claim. Years later, while I was living in Mexico, I appropriated the title for my farewell tune about my marriage to Mexican Marxist Adriana Griselda Gomez Gallardo Unzueta.

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