The Fox

Songfacts®:

  • "The Fox" melds the personal and the political, the delusions in a relationship mirroring lies from the government. The image in the chorus - "On the grass at Beachy Head, on the cliff to which you've been led" - almost pilfers the scene in the Who's Quadrophenia when protagonist Jimmy launches his scooter off the enormous grassy cliff on the Southern English coast. Nada Surf lead singer Matthew Caws explained: "We visited Beachy Head when I was a kid and I remember standing on the slope and sensing that if I took two or three more steps down the soft grass, I would just tumble off. I remember feeling like I was standing right next to death."
  • Beachy Head is the loftiest headland (531ft) on the South coast of England, between Seaford and Eastbourne in Sussex. It is a notorious suicide spot.
  • French singer Coralie Clément sung the high vocals on this track.

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