Essential Songs:Who Are Fooling by Brooke Fraser

Brooke Fraser Who Are We Fooling

Sometimes all it takes is one song.  One song to stop you dead in your tracks.  One song that stays in your head  day after day after day. One song to lift an entire LP to greatness.  “Who Are We Fooling?” off of  Brooke Fraser’s great album Flags is such a song.  The melody is simple, quiet  and haunting, and the lyrics that engulf you. In a duet with Aqualung’s Matt Hales, Brooke and Matt takes us through the agony of a relationship gone bad.  This is a smothering relationship full of compromise and surrender.  It is a relationship neither can leave because of the marriage knot that entangles them.  It is a song about the beautiful, bruising knot that is tied at the alter. It is an entanglement that holds this couple together through heartache and confusion.

Brooke Fraser’s 2010 release Flags contains some of the best pop music released in 2010.  The eleven songs on Flags were strong enough as a group to put Flags on our Best of 2010 list.  Even without “Who Are We Fooling?”, Flags would have made it onto our best of list.  However, we believe that Brooke Fraser has created a masterpiece about the vital importance of covenant marriage to a relationship.

Who Are We Fooling by Brooke Fraser and Matt Hales (Aqualung)

So we’re back here again
Tip toeing round the edge of the end
Wondering who will be last to admit
That we’re finally over

Turned twenty one on the day that we met
Terrible shoes and plausible dress
It’s funny how sad the funny things get as you grow older

Better or worse
But what else can we do?
And better or worse
I am tethered to you
If it’s not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

I love the art of biting my tongue
I’m tired of trying to guess what was wrong
Both agreed on where we should go
But not how to get there

We tried and tried to loosen the knots
Thinking once we’re untangled we’ll be better off
But it’s these failures and faults that hold us together

Better or worse
But what else can we do?
And better or worse
I am tethered to you
If it’s not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

This beautiful tangle that’s bruising us blue
It’s a beautiful knot that we just can’t undo
Together we’re one but apart tell me
Who are we fooling?

Cause real love
Is hard love
It’s all we have
It’s a break-neck
Train wreck
It’s all we have

So we’re back here again
Turning away from the edge of the end
Arm in arm

Better or worse
But what else can we do?
And better or worse
I am tethered to you
If it’s not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

This beautiful tangle that’s bruising us blue
It’s a beautiful knot we just can’t undo
If it’s not either of us, tell me who are we fooling?

Together we’re one, but apart tell me
Who are we fooling?

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