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Song Released: 1967

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Day after day, alone on a hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see he's just a fool
And he never gives an answer.
But the fool on the hill sees the sun going down
And the eys...


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    Mar 11th, 3:36am report

    At one time many years ago I read that it was about Jesus Christ hanging on the cross. I have never seen that in print again.


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    Nov 28th, 11:03am report

    It doesn't matter what anyone else's interpretation of this song is. The only one who knows the meaning of the song is the one who wrote it ffs.


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    Jan 24th, 2017 1:08pm report

    Flat Earth


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    Nov 9th, 2016 11:09pm report

    For me the fool on the hill is about taking a more holistic view. Using the eyes in his head (his mind) to see beyond the simple isolated fact of the 'sun going down' to see the complete picture, in this case a rotating earth.


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    Oct 19th, 2016 10:34pm report

    To my understanding it's a song about ''subconsciously assimilating'' the separation distance of the person who's meditating on the hill to obtain Nirvana[Christ-consciousness] to that of the Super Rich Elite type class that lives on the hill, where either or nobody wants to know him, and considers him ''the fool on the hill''. Where he's foolishly considered the outcast to the majority, either a fool on a hill meditating on God for the wealth of wisdom or a Super Rich Elite living on the hill with his wealth that he accumulated, thinking that he's a self made god, while watching the sun going down on the rest of us[the assumed and known fools]. All in a song to see and compare the two forms of ''the fool on the hill'' to simply see and imagine them there on the hill that was climbed up, but for different reasons that sometimes do come together for the good of the people that are down in the valleys below.


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    Oct 11th, 2016 10:25am report

    I think a lot of lyrics are poems, in that they can be interpreted in a number of different ways, depending on the references used by the author. For me, this song is like that. There is a timeless quality to it which invites quiet reflection in its audience. In a way, in hearing the song they become like the fool on the hill, lost in meditation for a while. I would even say it could change lives. How better to live than like the fool, wanting nothing, needing nothing?


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    Feb 13th, 2014 2:03am report

    Read Ch. 20 of the Dao de Jing. The song is a musical version of this chapter, expressing the wisdom of the rustic who abjures civilization for a simple life.


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    Feb 9th, 2014 2:44pm report

    This song is a statement about nonconformity, prejudice, and true intelligence. The "fool" on the hill is wise, and unfairly judged by shallow minded conformists who are so indulged in hating, that they're unaware of the rhythms of observable life and truth all around them. The judgers hate the man on the hill because they don't understand him. They're confused due to their ignorance. The so called "fool" knows what they're doing, and chooses not to reply or correct their ignorant tendency to hate what they don't understand. Why should he argue with actual fools, when instead he can spend his time observing natural beauty.


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    May 14th, 2013 5:56pm report

    Paul McCartney wrote this. It's about a man who is considered a fool by others, but whose foolish demeanor is actually an indication of wisdom. An event which prompted this song happened when Paul was walking his dog Martha, on Primrose Hill one morning. As he watched the sun rise, he noticed that Martha was missing. Paul turned around to look for his dog, and there a man stood, who appeared on the hill without making a sound. The gentleman was dressed respectably, in a belted raincoat. Paul knew this man had not been there seconds earlier as he had looked in that direction for Martha. Paul and the stranger exchanged a greeting, and this man then spoke of what a beautiful view it was from the top of this hill that overlooked London. Within a few seconds, Paul looked around again, and the man was gone. He had vanished as he had appeared. A friend of McCartney's, Alistair Taylor, was present with Paul during this strange incident, and wrote of this event in his book, Yesterday.
    Both Paul and Alistair could not imagine what happened to this man. He had seemed to vanish in thin air. The nearest trees for cover were too far to reach by walking or running in a few seconds, and the crest of the hill was too far as well to reach in that short time. What made the experience even more mysterious, was that just before this man first appeared, Paul and Alistair were speaking to each other of the beauty they observed of the view towards London and the existence of God. Once back home, they spent the morning discussing what had happened, trying to make some sense of it. They both agreed that this was something others were infer occurred as a result of an "acid trip," but they both swore they had not taken or used any drugs. When Paul filmed the sequence for this song in the film, it shows him on a hilltop overlooking the town of Nice.


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    Apr 12th, 2013 4:27pm report

    What a load of utter rubbish given about the meaning of this song!

    The fool in the song refers to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi an infinitely wise man, who people don't like because they don't understand him.

    He on the other hand sees the world for what it is - run by fools causing its destruction, by their own stupidity. Listen to the penultimate song verse for confirmation of this:

    And he never listens to them,
    He knows that they're the fools
    They don't like him.

    That's the songs irony.


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    Apr 7th, 2013 4:21am report

    Everyone is at one time or another. Anytime you do not have the best interest of everyone else in mind you are the "fool on the hill".


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    Dec 23rd, 2012 12:50am report

    He is Buckminster Fuller, famous philosopher at the time the song was written. I thought everyone knew that!


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    Aug 19th, 2012 8:52am report

    I think it has to be taken in the context of the times. The Vietnam War was becoming very unpopular. Drugs, sex and Rock 'n Rolls were the weapons of the opposition and the message was turn on, tune in and drop out. That was the fool on the hill letting life pass him by. Someone that probably just became a hippie and became unfit to serve in anything, in any compacity. See, that's the point. Agree or disagree, never miss a day of the gift of life.

    It could also be LBJ or the Speaker of the House being criticized for not stopping LBJ from escalating the war.


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    Apr 22nd, 2012 4:24pm report

    I think of Capitol Hill and Ron Paul. He is truly "alone" on the Hill. Nobody wants to hear him, esp. the media, because he tells the truth and that compromises the whole corrupt system. He sees the sun going down on our freedoms. The eyes in his head see the world spinning round and America's responsibility in this global melt down. Nobody seems to like him because they know what he will do, he'd end the Fed and bring our troops home to protect us at home. That doesn't seem to matter he just keeps whistling the same 'ol tune.He knows that they're the fools.


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    Apr 15th, 2012 4:46am report

    Thanks, all, for the encouragement!@Sol: I'm just using the sitatstics provided by a WordPress plugin, I haven't taken the time to register with Google Analytics or whatnot. Maybe I will at some point or maybe not meh. =)@Annie: No, I don't think it does count that!

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