The Fool was written by Naomi Ford and Lee Hazlewood. It was recorded by Sanford Clark in 1956. It was released as a single with Lonesome For A Letter on the B-side. The single reached number seven on the Billboard chart. He re-recorded the song in 1965. That version features Waylon Jennings on guitar. Paul McCartney performed the song when he appeared on MTV Unplugged in 1991.