In this song, our hero is so crestfallen when a golden-haired beauty doesn't return his affections, that he fells like a fox that has been left for dead after a hunt.
The song was written by Tony Hazzard, who also wrote Manfred Mann's hit "Ha! Ha! Said The Clown
." In our interview with Hazzard
, he explained: "I was a fan of The Band and wanted to write something I could imagine them recording. My original demo aims at that. The actual idea for the song itself really came from my imagination, from an image of a summer's day and standing in a wheat field sloping down towards a river.
It was many years later that a friend took me to Cotehele House, a mediaeval manor house, modernized in Tudor times, on the River Tamar, which divides Cornwall from the rest of the country. We went round a corner and there below us was a field "leading down to the river" with reeds all around. I said, "That's the picture I had in my head when I wrote 'Fox On The Run'!"