Only the Fool Survives

Donna Summer

About Only the Fool Survives

"Only the Fool Survives" is the second single from the Donna Summer album All Systems Go and is a duet with Mickey Thomas, lead singer of the band Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship). The ballad was released as a single in North America and Japan.


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What went wrong
I was so sure that love had led me to your door
Was it a dream, nothing more

Inside my head
I keep hearing all the tender words we said
Who were they for

We are strong
We can hold on to each other if we try
And make it right, for you and I
There's no goodbyes

Only the fool survives
Only the heart provides
Sweet love and tenderness
Save us tonight

Life is change
But I never want to leave this love behind
We've come too far to lose this time

Where there's love
There is nothing strong enough to come between
What we believe
And break us up where there is love

Only the fool survives
Only the heart provides
Sweet love and tenderness
Save us tonight

Only the fool survives
Even the hardest times
Let all the love we share
Keep us alive

See your eyes in a million faces
See your smiles in a thousand places
And I never escape your memories

You'd be there everywhere that I go
You're the only real thing I know
And I never wanted to be free
Stay here with me

Only the fool survives
Only the heart provides
Sweet love and tenderness
Save us tonight

Only the fool survives
Even the hardest times
Let al the love we share
Keep us alive...

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Donna Summer

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known by the stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. more »

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10 facts about this song

One of the fascinating things about the song "Only the Fool Survives" is the artist behind it, Donna Summer. Known as the "Queen of Disco", Donna Summer was a pioneering force in the music industry during the 70s and 80s and has been recognized as one of the top-selling artists of all time.
An intriguing aspect of "Only the Fool Survives" is that it is a duet between Donna Summer and Mickey Thomas, who is most famous for his work with the rock band Starship.
Album Information
The song is from the "All Systems Go" album, which was Donna Summer's second for Geffen Records and released in the year 1987.
Chart Performance
While "Only the Fool Survives" wasn't a major chart hit, it did manage to reach number 97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, showcasing the song's popularity with Donna's fanbase.
Music Genre
The song "Only the Fool Survives" falls under the genre of Pop, fitting in with Donna Summer's transition from Disco in her earlier career.
Record Label
Geffen Records, a division of Universal Music Group, was the record label behind that released this song. This label has been home to numerous other iconic music artists, including Elton John, Aerosmith, and Nirvana.
This song even bears the remarkable hallmark of Donna Summer's songwriting: it was written by Donna Summer, Bruce Sudano, Michael Omartian and Randy Kerber, showcasing Summer's talent outside of just performing.
Music Video
The music video for "Only the Fool Survives" is noteworthy, as whilst it didn't receive heavy rotation on the MTV network, it still remains a staple amongst Donna Summer's fans.
Live Performances
Although "Only the Fool Survives" is not among Summer's most frequently performed songs in live concerts, it does periodically make her set list, much to the delight of her fans.
Even though the song didn't reach the top of the charts, "Only the Fool Survives" continues to be a favorite amongst fans of Donna Summer, showcasing her vocal versatility and ability to straddle the Pop and R&B genres with ease.

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