The Arquetype The Fool | Reviewer: Gil | 7/31/13

whatever is the history and intention, the Fool is an arquetype ingrained in the collective consciousness. He is protected from the cruelty of the world because he refuses to acknowledge malice. Chance protects him as he travels distracted by his own musings aloof from artificial reality.

I Am A Fool on the Hill too | Reviewer: Cam | 4/21/13

Like my title says, I am also a "Fool on The Hill". Lately I've been starting to ask myself, "Is this Fool on The Hill Autistic?" cuz the characteristics seem to match. I was diagnosed with Autism when I was 10 and I feel a strong connection with this "Fool on The Hill". Neither of us listen to people when they talk bad about us and people don't seem to like either of us.

One of the Beatles true masterpieces | Reviewer: Tasha | 4/14/13

The Fool on the Hill is one of those songs where you can empathise with the narrator: The Fool on the Hill was always looked down upon and no one ever thought that he would live up to their expectations, but he proved them wrong and had the last laugh.
I always imagined that Paul was talking about himself (or just the Beatles) and how everyone doubted that he/they would become the world's greatest band, and that transition from 'bubblegum pop' to creative and intelligent songwriters.

The Fool on the Hill is one of my favourite songs; the soft voice, the story within the song, the intrumental, not to mention belonging to a beautiful album.


Who "The Fool On The Hill" was according to Paul McCartney | Reviewer: Karry | 2/4/13

For years I always thought "The Fool On The Hill" was about President Lyndon Johnson (as a protest against the Vietnam War) but according to Wikipedia, Paul McCartney says it was about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

'Fool on the Hill' was mine and I think I was writing about someone like Maharishi. His detractors called him a fool. Because of his giggle he wasn't taken too seriously ... I was sitting at the piano at my father's house in Liverpool hitting a D 6th chord, and I made up 'Fool on the Hill.'

nothing esoteric about this | Reviewer: cleanfish | 1/15/13

history..1965 vietnam was ramping up.there was a metaphorical figure known as the fool on the hill,a figure of legend compounded of fear and morning mist.the Fool might be hostle,bombproof,bullit proof or Luke The Gook.More dreadfully he might be a dully authorized sniper turned free lance.Alone on a hill with issued amphetamine to keep him alert,seduced by the relatiivity of things,the fool might turn his fire anywhere.All motion was the same and he tried to kill it.Eventually,if it were certain he was friendly,and if there were time,someone would have to go talk to the Fool and try to make him well again.John wrote this and knew the stupidity of the conflict and the effects of shock, isolation ,fear and drugs.Put yourself in the position of the sniper and recite the song?Have you ever been in a place like that.John knew somebody.

my experience | Reviewer: Justin | 1/15/13

As I listen to the lyrics, I feel a kindred spirit with the fool. I am counter culture to be mild about it, content to do my own thing, I appreciate the world for what it is and have no real care for the material values of the world around me though I am forced to live in it.

I kind of smirk at the thought of my happiness through the simplicity of just accepting and being who I am. I appreciate my allotted time in life for what it is and do not subscribe to the rat race, competitive ambition, etc.

What is described here in the song is in my opinion what we were designed to be like. "Ignorance is bliss." Agreed, but also emphasis on what truly matters gives a life meaning. All of the buzzing around and wearing yourself out over nonsense is a cruel joke, no correction. It's slavery. Self satisfaction and inner peace with the world around you is a quality that in our culture is not only forgotten for the most part but rather condemned. (nobody likes him)

I can sooooooooo relate to the so called fool. But more importantly I understand why he grins. Do you?

The identification of what constitutes a fool much like what constitutes a beautiful person is in the eye of the beholder.

what I think doesn't really matter though | Reviewer: simply another fan | 1/10/13

Beatles always has a capital B

Anyways I love this song and think that it means "the fool" is the only one who sees time going by and grins because he knows he's smarter than all of them. "the man of a thousand voices" is just trying to make himself heard and doesn't notice he's wasting his time.

He's no fool,he's the sane one | Reviewer: Dave B | 12/22/12

As someone who has stood on many hills watching the sun going down or coming up, I can vouch for his sanity and those who think he is should try it and get away from the mundane things in life, some of the sanest things I've done may seem foolish to others like running the line for my son's football team in pouring rain or snow, I've often come back home soaking wet and tired out but still said to my wife 'that was the sanest thing I've done all week'.

This is Sociological behaviour | Reviewer: TheFool | 10/15/12

It`s a song about a mentally ill individual. Much like Elanor Rigby.

And exceptional like person like the fictional Monk only it`s called schizoid personality disorder.

Way back when the Beatles first started out their music was fluff stuff I Want To Hold Your Hand. Love Me Do. Then they met My man! Bob Dylan! And their music became about human behavior, condition, Which Paul never liked! as in Black Bird singing in the dead of night!

Psychedelic insights? | Reviewer: Col | 9/24/12

Reminds me of expanded consciousness, aware of even the eyes in your head, not just the mundane busy brain thoughts of doing, etc. Human being, not just human doing... LSD inspired?

Fools have the last laugh. | Reviewer: Bob Green Innes | 8/17/12

If you think of all the abuse and ridicule heaped on fools - like those in Occupy, or those who write for websites like gold-eagle dot com, Alex Jones, Coast to Coast, (and thousands of others) the lyrics make eminent sense. Some day, tin foil hats may come into fashion! And hopefully those heaping the ridicule like Mainstream Media will be rejected as frauds by all and sundry.

04/30/2012 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/30/12

I think this song is about an autistic boy, and he sees the world as it is, (And the eyes in his head see the sun going down and the world spinning round) as everybody else is to busy with everything else that they're to busy to notice.

14 and proud | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/5/12

The beatles are a phenomenal way for people of all ages to connect to music. It doesn't matter what it's SUPPOSED to mean but what WE feel it means to us. Neglect the actual meaning and interpret it in your own way. That's what the beatles would have wanted

what the words mean to me | Reviewer: John | 9/28/11

Those who think that he's just a fool are the ignorant masses who don't take the time or trouble to think about anything but the banal and who treat as foolish and ridicule anyone who dares to be different. The fool could be Copernicus or Kepler or Galileo or any other of the great thinkers who had the open mindedness, intellectual horsepower, courage and imagination to perceive that the earth was not flat at the centre of the universe with the sun travelling around it but a sphere spinning as it travelled round the sun. "The eyes in his head" is the imagination that sees the world spinning round. The Beatles probably didn't think this at the time but it's the way it always made me think.

Sheepdog?! | Reviewer: SeymourB | 9/10/11

Paul clearly spoke about the origins of this song during interviews with Barry Miles.

'Fool on the Hill' was mine and I think I was writing about someone like Maharishi. His detractors called him a fool. Because of his giggle he wasn't taken too seriously ... I was sitting at the piano at my father's house in Liverpool hitting a D 6th chord, and I made up 'Fool on the Hill.'

So no, not a sheepdog. He was thinking of a person like Maharishi, who the Beatles had spent a lot of time with prior to this song's writing.

The meaning derived from the song is unique to each individual interpreting it, as is the case for every song. But if you're going to talk about who Paul was thinking of when writing it, the facts were published well over 10 years ago.