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If You Need a Fool

If You Need a Fool has not been seen in 752 Phish shows.
It was last played: 1999-07-18.
It was played at 0.15% of live shows.
It has been performed live 3 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Steve Earle

Original Artist: The Del McCoury Band

Original Album: Blue Side of Town (1992)

Vocals: Phish; Del McCoury and Phish (7/18/99)

Debut: 1998-07-29

Historian: Christian McKee


There is confusion with the title on this one, and Mr. McCoury has been no help, announcing it onstage as “If You Need a Fool,” “Call Me If You Need A Fool” and “If You Need a Fool, Call Me.” Even if he seems to have Phish’s knack for mis-information, he and his band write and play the best bluegrass music out there today. Phish has played this tune on three occasions, the best being the version from Oswego in the summer of 1999 (7/18/99) featuring the Del McCoury Band. Trey’s glee is apparent throughout all the selections the two ensembles performed together, which included other McCoury originals (“Beauty of My Dreams,”) bluegrass standards (“I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome,”) and Phish originals (“Back On the Train.”) The song is also an occasional feature of soundchecks (see for example 8/8/98).


Lyrics:

(Earle)
© High Chaparral Music (ASCAP)

Darlin', I could tell we're through
That leavin' look's all over you
I'll be waitin' here no matter what you do
Call me if you need a fool

Go and find another guy
And if he don't believe your lies
You know there's someone who'll swear every word is true
Call me if you need a fool

They're just not makin' fools the way that they used to
They don't come back for more the way I always do
So if you ever change your mind
I'm not very hard to find
You can find me in the phone book under "Blue"
Call me if you need a fool

They're just not makin' fools the way that they used to
They don't come back for more the way I always do
So if you ever change your mind
I'm not very hard to find
You can find me in the phone book under "Blue"
Call me if you need a fool
Call me if you need a fool

Girl, it won't cost you a dime
To break my heart just one last time
Call collect and I'll just tell 'em "put her through"
Call me if you need a fool

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