On the day the duck was born
The fox was watching all along
He said, "Land Ho!" when he saw the duck
"Land Ho!" and the duck saw him too

'Shiny Pretty Fox' thought the duck

The duck came up onto the land
The fox was watching, he just laughed

"I could show you some shiny tricks." he said
"Come along we'll get our kicks," he said
"Land Ho!" for shiny tricks
"Land Ho!" for me

"Oh Fox! Is this love? Can you tell me? What is love?"

That good looking fox only knew one trick
He could break hearts just lickety-split
The duck knew this game she had to quit
And her own pond she was headed to quick
"I'll go I'll go and there's no looking back"

Goodbye little fox
Goodbye my fox



Lyrics submitted by ode2jeremy


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    General Comment:A love affair between a duck and a fox? Don't foxes usually eat ducks? Of course it's metaphor. I wonder who's the fox and who's the duck....Anyone have any insight?
    skiguskion June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Basically, the duck's first real relationship is with a kind of edgy guy. She's maybe attracted to him because he's dangerous. She falls in love with him, but she knows that he's a jerk and will probably end up hurting her, so she makes herself leave. Even though she makes the right decision, it's still kind of sad because she loves him.
    At least, that's what I think. It's a neat song.
    mockingsmileon June 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:some of the best vibrato i have ever heard.
    Fragmentedsobriqueton February 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:I agree with mockingsmile. And Yes, foxes do eat ducks. I also think the song sets the tone for the whole album- look out! there's trouble lurking here, don't assume you're safe.
    huilaion August 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:The fox: an egoistic personality who just sees the duck as his next prey. The duck: a naive personality fascinated by the outer shell of this good lookin fox. The story: the fox tries to seduce that naive duck lady and in the beginning she doesnt realize the fox's true intention and follows his call. But fortunately before the fox could eat the duck//break her heart she realizes and leaves for good.
    alkaline.IVon December 19, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:God, Corin sounds awesome on this song. She is such a siren, in every sense of the word.
    persimmonon November 23, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:It is the song- version of the "Tales of Jemima Puddle Duck" by Beatrix Potter. Everybody heard it in his childhood!
    theReston April 02, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:I'm fairly certain this song, which is the first track from The Woods, is talking about going from the smallest, indiest label (Kill Rock Stars) that they'd been on for every album up to that point, to a (by comparison) much bigger, flashier label in Sub Pop -- still an indie label, but one with a bigger name and possibly the potential to get SK into a wider public consciousness. Probably scary, going from a small label where you know everyone there to a larger, slicker operation. A big chance, leaving their comfort zone, but one they felt they had to take.
    rgzon March 15, 2010   Link

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