Foolish Heart (song)

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"Foolish Heart"
Foolish Heart by Steve Perry.jpg
Single by Steve Perry
from the album Street Talk
B-side "Oh Sherrie"
Released November 28, 1984
Format CD single, 7", cassette single
Recorded 1983; Record One in Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 3:39
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Randy Goodrum
Steve Perry
Producer(s) Steve Perry
Steve Perry singles chronology
"Strung Out"
"Foolish Heart"
"You Better Wait"

"Foolish Heart" is a rock song written by Steve Perry, formerly of the band Journey, and Randy Goodrum, and was performed by Perry from his first solo album, Street Talk. It was released as the fourth single from the album in November 1984 and peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Adult Contemporary chart in February 1985.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Foolish Heart" is unusual in the fact that it is one continuous shot from beginning to end. The setting is a darkened hall with the camera overlooking a balcony rail towards the stage. On the stage, in a spotlight, is a boom mic and a stool. Perry walks onto the stage, sits and the song begins. Over the course of the video, the camera pans towards the stage, pauses a brief moment on Perry and then slowly returns to its original position over the balcony rail. At the end of the song, Perry walks off stage.

There is an alternate 'holiday' ending to this video which is rarely included. A second camera shot shows Steve Perry walking off the stage towards the camera. The rest of the members of Journey (Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Steve Smith, Ross Valory) greet Steve as he approaches. With champagne in hand, the band wishes their fans a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year. Steve Perry then says "Let's go cut a track" and they exit via the stage. Many believe this was a nod to the fans that Steve Perry was returning to write and perform with Journey.

Nina version[edit]

"Foolish Heart"
Single by Nina
from the album Heaven
Released April 2003
Genre Acoustic pop, R&B
Length 4:35
Label Warner Music
Writer(s) Randy Goodrum
Steve Perry
Producer(s) Ferdie Marquez
Nina singles chronology
"Foolish Heart"
"Loving You"
Music sample

"Foolish Heart" was covered by Filipino singer Nina and was released as the third commercial single from her 2002 debut album Heaven. The construction of the song's remake was far more different than that of the original, as the melody was completely played through an acoustic guitar.[1] The song was released to digital download on January 23, 2007 via iTunes and[2][3]

Official versions[edit]

Version Length Album
Album version 4:35 Heaven
Vibe Mix 4:34
Closure Lounge Remix 4:23 Nina in the Mix: The Dense Modesto Remixes

Other covers[edit]

Former lead singer of the R&B group Atlantic Starr, Sharon Bryant, had a solo hit with the song when she covered it in 1989, reaching the top ten on the Billboard R&B chart and number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Filipino R&B band Side A covered the song in 1995 which appears on their 10th anniversary live album, Side A Live!: The 10th Anniversary Album.

Scottish pop singer Sheena Easton covered the song on her 1997, Freedom.


  1. ^ Almond N. Aguila (April 3, 2005). "What Nina Gave Up for Singing". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Nina - Heaven". January 23, 2007. Retrieved 2001-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Nina - Heaven". iTunes. Retrieved 2011-05-03.