Fox on the Run

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About Fox on the Run

"Fox on the Run" is a song with lyrics by Tony Hazzard, first recorded by the English band Manfred Mann as a single issued 29 November 1968, which reached #5 in the UK pop charts in the following month.


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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 the fox on the run.

Like the fox (like the fox, like the fox) on the run.

Everybody knows the reason for the fall 
When woman tempted man down in paradise's hall.
This woman tempted me all right, then took me for a ride 
But like the lonely fox I need a place to hide.

Like the fox (like the fox, like the fox) on the run.

Come 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 put me on the floor. 
The game is nearly up, the hounds are at my door.

Like the fox (like the fox, like the fox) on the run.

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Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann was a British beat, rhythm and blues and pop band (with a strong jazz foundation) of the 1960s, named after their South African keyboardist, Manfred Mann, who later led the successful 1970s group Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Manfred Mann were chart regulars in the 1960s, and the first south-of-England-based group to top the US Billboard Hot 100 during the British invasion. more »

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11 facts about this song

"Fox on the Run" was recorded by British band Manfred Mann, known for their diverse musical style, fusing jazz, pop, R&B, and British rock 'n' roll.
Release Date
This song was released in 1968 as a single and also included in their compilation album.
"Fox on the Run" was composed by the band members – Manfred Mann, Mike Hugg, Mike d'Abo, Klaus Voormann, and Tony Newman.
The song was a hit in several countries, reaching top-5 chart positions in many European countries.
Other Versions
"Fox on the Run" was covered by multiple other bands, which attests to its popularity and lasting influence. The most famous cover would probably be by the band Sweet.
Pop Culture References
This song was also used in movies and TV shows, for example, in the British television show "Heartbeat."
Album Version
An interesting fact is that the version of "Fox on the Run" included in Manfred Mann's album is different from the single version. The album version is more progressive, with a longer running time.
The song seems to convey a story about a man who is on the run, most likely from the law, and his adventures during this flight. However, the band never publicly explained the meaning behind the lyrics.
Commercial Success
Despite the success in Europe, "Fox on the Run" had less commercial success in the United States. However, it's still remembered as one of the iconic songs of the 60s.
Band’s Transition
"Fox on the Run" was released during the period when Manfred Mann was transitioning from R&B to more psychedelic pop, which is reflected in the song's more experimental sound.
Not to be Confused
The song "Fox On The Run" by Manfred Mann is not to be confused with the similarly-titled song "Fox On The Run" by the band Sweet, released in 1974. The two songs are entirely different in terms of composition and lyrics, despite the similar title.

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