"The Fix" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Craig Lee Potter, Mark Potter, Peter James Turner, Richard Barry Jupp and Richard Willis Hawley....
The fix is in
There's a nag gonna dance home at Epsom
The fix is in
Can't wait to see how it upsets 'em

Too many times we've been postally pipped
We've loaded the saddles, the mickeys are slipped
We're swapping the turf for the sand and the surf and the sin
Cause the fix, the fix is in

The fix is in
The odds that I got were delicious
The fix is in
The jockey is cocky and vicious

The redoubtable beast has had Pegasus pills
We'll buy him the patch in the Tuscany hills
And the Vino di Vici will flow like a river in spring
Now the fix, the fix is in

The fix is in
The snaps of the steward so candid
The fix is in
Yes, our pigeons have finally landed

The Donahue sisters will meet us in France
In penguins and pearls, we'll drink and we'll dance
'Til the end of our days 'cause it ain't left to chance that we win
Cause the fix, the fix is in


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"The Fix" as written by Craig Lee Potter Guy Edward John Garvey

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    General Comment"Postally pipped" is a play on "pipped at the post", i.e. overtaken at the last minute. "Our pigeons have finally landed" is to do with pigeon racing; if your pigeon at least lands, you've had some degree of success.
    quartertoon January 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI had absolutely no idea what this song was until Guy clarified (at the Glastonbury concert last year, I think) that it's all about rigging a horse race. So, for those who were as lost as me, as many of these confusing lovely terms clarfied as I can, thanks to a dictionary and Wikipedia:

    "The fix is in" - they've fixed the horse race! Epsom Downs is a racecourse near London. Postally means angrily... pipped means drunk, I think, which doesn't make much sense, but the short of it is that they're bleedin' annoyed. They've made the saddles on the other horses heavier, and mickeys (or Mickey Finns) are drinks they've slipped the other jockeys to get them drunk.
    "The redoubtable beast has had pegasus pills" - I'm reasonably sure they've given their horse steroids. Vino di Vici is wine, of course. :)
    "Pigeons have finally landed" sounds like it should be a saying, but I draw a blank. The Donahue Sisters is a play. But they may be actual sisters. A penguin is a tuxedo, so they'll be rich and classy. I want to see Guy Garvey in a tuxedo now.
    moonflashon February 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think "the saddles are loaded, the mickeys are slipped" means that the other horses and had extra weight put into their saddles and the stable lads, who are often Irish (micks = mickeys) been bribed (slipped cash).

    Pegasus pills could mean steroids or just mean that the horse is almost fast enough to fly (Pegasus = flying horse)

    The snaps of the stewards so candid - suggests that the officials are in on the fix as well

    Penguins and pearls - dinner suits and smart dresses for the ladies.

    Donahue Sisters - is the name of a play set in Ireland by Gerald Aron. No obviously connection but keeps with the Irish theme
    hiltson November 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother hit by Elbow. This song is criminally hip in the same way as Fugitive Motel.
    MHHD2on March 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell done moonflash
    businessiswaron February 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI love this song, but it gives me the creeps.
    I imagine it's from the perspective of someone who is hired to help organised criminals fix horse races, has been doing so for years, but then decides this time to fix the race in his own favour instead, and run away with the proceeds.
    In his mind he's imagining the great time he'll have, but you know that he will eventually get tracked down.
    Just listen to it with that in mind and you'll see what I mean.
    bideanon February 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentVino di Vici means Victory Wine, meaning Garvey's sure he'll win. Unlike, say, Amarone della Valpolicella or Taurasi, Vino di Vici is something that, in reality, is not produced. At least not as a type of wine.
    midgetjoneson May 13, 2015   Link
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    My Opinion'The mickeys are slipped' I think is more likely to refer to a 'mickey finn' which is a drugged drink - see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… - I would surmise that the opposing horses - or at least those of them considered likely to beat our horse - have been given (or 'slipped') drugs to slow them down.
    peter10796on January 12, 2016   Link
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    General Commentsurely its harder not to get this song!! its pretty bloody obvious
    georjefreeon August 11, 2009   Link

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