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Cluin Lyr Req: Fox on the Run (Tony Hazzard) (41) Lyr CORR: Fox on the Run (Tony Hazzard) 27 Jan 11

These are the original lyrics as done by Manfred Mann, back in 1968 (when rock bands were getting back into more country-style material):

Fox on the Run
(Tony Hazzard)

She walked through the corn, leading down to the river
Her hair shone like gold in the hot morning sun
She took all the love that a poor boy could give her
And left me to die like a fox on the run
Like a fox... like a fox... like a fox...
On the run

Everybody knows the reason for the Fall
When Woman tempted Man down in Paradise's Hall
This woman tempted me, oh yes, and took me for a ride
But like the weary fox, I need a place to hide


Now take a glass of wine and fortify your soul
We'll talk about the world and friends we used to know
I'll illustrate a girl who put me on the floor
The game is nearly up, the hounds are at my door

(I saw her walk through...)

Tom T. Hall had a #9 country hit with it in 1976.

The Good Brothers had a big Canadian hit with it in 1981 with their live bluegrass-style version. Their different take on the lyrics include "like a lonely fox...", "we'll talk about the weather..." and "I see a string of girls..." and "the game is nearly over.." as previous country/bluegrass bands had done.

*a note about the "Paradise's Hall" line. It's always bugged me. Like it's a mondegreen that's been passed down with every cover of this song. As far as I remember, there was no kind of Hall (nor any building at all) in the Eden story. Listening to the original Manfred Mann recording, the delivery is a bit ideosyncratic. It could be "Paradise is all" because it's sung "Paradise suss haw". Such is the folk process at work.

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