♫ Every Time Two Fools Collide ♫

Back in March, after Kenny Rogers’ death, I did a tribute to him, playing some of my favourites from among his vast repertoire.  This one didn’t make the cut, however, and it is one that I always enjoy, especially this live version with Kenny and Dottie West.  

So, how did this song come about?  Well, it depends on who you ask, as it happens.  According to Wikipedia …

“Every Time Two Fools Collide” was meant to be recorded only by Dottie West, as a follow-up to her previous hits from 1977 under her new record company United Artists. Kenny Rogers was under the same label as West at the time, and they were both being produced under Larry Butler. According to legend, West was recording the song in the United Artists studio, when Rogers turned up early to meet West. However, Rogers disputed this. According to him, West was supposed to have finished recording material at 10:00 am, and Rogers was to have started at the same time. When West’s session ran over, Rogers ended up sitting in the studio waiting. They began talking about recording a duet, and West suggested “Every Time Two Fools Collide”. They both agreed, and together West and Rogers made the song a duet recording. Producer Larry Butler told another version of the event in a 2006 interview. He claims that after Rogers had turned up to the studio, West approached Rogers, saying she was a fan of his music and that she would consider it an honor to record with him someday. Butler then claimed that Rogers asked if he had any material he felt they could do together and told Rogers to sing the second verse of “Every Time Two Fools Collide”.

Released in early 1978, the song hit number one on the Hot Country Songs list that year, for two weeks, and was West’s first number one and one of Rogers’ many number ones. The song became one of the pair’s best-known songs, and also became one of country music’s classic duet recordings. That year, they released an album of the same name, which became a Gold-certified album. Their association lasted three years, setting the trend for a string of country hits, including 1981’s “What Are We Doin’ in Love”. Thanks in part to the success of this song, Rogers and West won the CMA Awards’ coveted Vocal Duo of the Year award later that year.

In 2004, CMT hosted a duets special titled, 100 Greatest Duets. “Every Time Two Fools Collide” was listed among their top-10 list, and was also performed on their special. However, country singer Lee Ann Womack took the place of West’s part in the song, as West died in an automobile accident in September 1991. Although they had not recorded together for some time prior to her death, Rogers and West maintained a close friendship. In his autobiography, Rogers recalls the last time he saw West was at the hospital after her fatal accident, stating that while she was believed to be unconscious, he nevertheless carried out a (one-sided) conversation with her hoping she could hear him.

Every Time Two Fools Collide
Kenny Rogers

You want things your way
And I want them mine
And now we don’t know
Just where you draw the line
How can love survive
If we keep cheers and sights?
And who picks up the pieces
Every time two fools collide?

You lay the blame on me
And I put the balme on you
But why do we keep finding faults
In everything we do?
And how long can we keep righting wrongs
So cut-and-dry
And who picks up the pieces
Every time two fools collide?

We can save our love
We still have the time
Oh, I know there must be a way
But we still haven’t tried
To keep our hearts from breaking
Every time two fools collide

To keep our hearts from breaking
Every time two fools collide

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jan Dyer / Jeff Tweel
Every Time Two Fools Collide lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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