Main Ingredient – Everybody Plays the Fool

More soul from the seventies. The song peaked at #3 in the Billboard 100 and #6 in Canada. The Main Ingredient had two top ten hits and 11 songs in the top 100. The band was formed in Harlem, New York City in 1964 as a trio called the Poets, composed of lead singer Donald McPherson, Luther Simmons, Jr., and Tony Silvester. Don McPherson died of leukemia in 1971 and was replaced by Cuba Gooding, Sr…the father of Cuba Gooding Jr.

I love Seventies soul music. There were so many great artists like The Delfonics, The Chi-Lites, Smokey Robinson, and the list goes on.

Everybody Plays the Fool

Okay, so your heart is broken
You sit around mopin’
Cryin’ and cryin’
You say you’re even thinkin’ about dyin’
Well, before you do anything rash, dig this

Everybody plays the fool sometime
There’s no exception to the rule
Listen, baby, it may be factual, may be cruel
I ain’t lyin’, everybody plays the fool
Falling in love is such an easy thing to do
And there’s no guarantee that the one you love
Is gonna love you

Oh-oh-oh, lovin’ eyes they cannot see
A certain person could never be
Love runs deeper than any ocean
You can cloud your mind with emotion

Everybody plays the fool, sometime
There’s no exception to the rule
Listen, baby, it may be factual, may be cruel
I want to tell ya
Everybody plays the fool

How can you help it when the music starts to play
And your ability to reason is swept away
Oh-oh-oh, heaven on earth is all you see
You’re out of touch with reality
And now you cry but when you do
Next time around someone cries for you

Everybody plays the fool, sometime
They use your heart like a tool
Listen, baby, they never tell you so in school
I want to say it again
Everybody plays the fool
Listen to me, baby
Everybody plays the fool, sometime
(No exception) no exception to the rule
It may be factual, may be cruel, sometime
But everybody plays the fool
Listen, listen, baby
Everybody plays the fool


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

14 thoughts on “Main Ingredient – Everybody Plays the Fool”

  1. another one of my absolute early childhood faves. Rare enough on radio that I get excited when it comes on still. (Think I have it on a Rhino compilation CD too, but don’t think to dig that out all that often.)

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    1. That is a great question. I had to search because you got me wanting to know. The best info I have is flute… I found a few places where they played it live and it sounded like a xylophone… but a flute on the recording…and that is an educated guess based on what I found…Great question.

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    1. I didn’t know about Cuba Gooding Sr being in it. I love early seventies soul music.
      I was born in 67 and I remember the 70s but my teenage years were in the 80s…I should have been born 10 years before…


      1. This was in my spam filter… sorry for the delay. It was such good music then. My 18-year-old son is a fan of Beatles, Stones, Joplin, Hendrix…he even says it was real music…especially compared to today.


      2. I understand.
        That’s great your son loves music from those amazing artists. I have a 34-year-old son and a 30-year-old son and, they both love that music too. I brought them up listening to music from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s & ’80s. They listen to some Hip Hop and Country as well.

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      3. I made sure I didn’t push it on him but he liked it naturally…even his friends like the old stuff. He also likes Indie stuff and/or alternative.

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      4. I think because it came from someone’s heart. As corny as that sounds. Much of todays music is programmed to whatever corporate think is popular… I sound like an old man saying “Get off my lawn” but I do think that has something ot do with it.


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