"Fox in the Snow" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbe....
Fox in the snow, where do you go
To find something you could eat?
Cause the word out on the street is you are starving
Don't let yourself grow hungry now
Don't let yourself grow cold
Fox in the snow

Girl in the snow, where do you go
To find someone that will do?
To tell someone all the truth before it kills you
They listen to your crazy laugh
Before you hang a right
And disappear from sight
What do they know anyway?
You'll read it in a book
What do they know anyway?
You'll read it in a book tonight

Boy on the bike, what are you like
As you cycle round the town?
You're going up, you're going down
You're going nowhere
It's not as if they're paying you
It's not as if it's fun
At least not anymore
When your legs are black and blue
It's time to take a break
When your legs are black and blue
It's time to take a holiday

Kid in the snow, way to go
It only happens once a year
It only happens once a lifetime
Make the most of it
Second just to being born
Second to dying too
What else would you do?
What else would you do?
What else would you do?
What else would you do?

Fox in the snow (When your legs lookin' black and blue)
Fox in the snow (It's not as if they're paying you)
Fox in the snow (When your legs lookin' black and blue)
Fox in the snow (It's not as if they're paying you)
Fox in the snow
Fox in the snow


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"The Fox in the Snow" as written by Christopher Geddes Campbe

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  • +10
    General CommentI would guess that it's about being alone and desolate, and just needing someone to tell. The fox, the girl, the boy on the bike are all lost outside, freezing cold, pointlessly wandering when there is no food for the fox, no person for the girl to talk to, no destination for the kid on the bike. In this context the fox/snow are metaphors for a lonely person and the apparently cold and empty (emotional) landscape of the world.

    But at the end there's hope - the 'kid in the snow' finds something. Love, I would bet - "It only happens once a lifetime/make the most of it." I love the deliberate incorrectness of "Second just to being born, second to dying too". What else could you do? You have to accept that love when you finally find it. Brilliant.
    caitsith01on May 03, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General Comment"but the kid has no cynicism because he is young and naive and so just plays in the snow, that one gratifying moment whereby he knows happiness and youth will never be repeated "once a lifetime" until he grows up and then when the wonder has worn off he will become the fox or the girl or the boy."

    Yeah, I agree with this and a lot of what's already been mentioned. I also had this idea scavenging and desperation- foxes are seen as 'pests' here and aren't protected. There's that feeling of vulnerability of people going nowhere but stuck in a self-destructive routine that, in effect isolates them. But it then increases a desperate to get out of the pattern whether it be "To tell someone all the truth before it kills you" or to go cycling around up and down, trying to get somewhere but getting nowhere. That feeling of trying to get out but when you try, "what do they know anyway?" when you don't get that reaction or understanding you wanted- and then isolating yourself more.
    neverend412on April 24, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentPerhaps because I am in this situation, but I take the meaning of this song as being about people who are not really taking control of their lives.
    The fox in the snow is starving because he's too scared to venture outside, the girl hides in her books.. The boy on the bike I like the most because to me it shows how he just keeps riding even though it's not doing anything for me, because he's too scared to break the habit, even though it's hurting him. It obviously doesn't just apply to riding bikes. :P

    In the end though, like caitsith01 said, there's hope, in that the kid actually does somethign with their life instead of just wasting it, hiding away in the snow or in books or in mindless routine. That's just my take on it though. :) I love this song so, so much, I just wish I could listen to it. :P
    Gallstoneon July 15, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Commentdid anyone else find that after awhile "fox in the snow" sort of bleeds into the words "fucks in the snow"???? i know thats horrible of me but now whenever i listen this song i laugh a little.
    imab&sbookwormon January 16, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think the fox in the snow is a metaphor. I think the main point of the song is that people do all these things to occupy their time but in the end what is it for if your not enjoying life in the process. It's basically a waste.
    bakismakion November 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think the song shows how different people get different things from the same context.

    so the fox/girl/boy are out in the snow and not really enjoying it, the snow has become little more than a barrier to their pursuits.

    but the kid has no cynicism because he is young and naive and so just plays in the snow, that one gratifying moment whereby he knows happiness and youth will never be repeated "once a lifetime" until he grows up and then when the wonder has worn off he will become the fox or the girl or the boy.

    also i love how this song is written from a bystanders viewpoint, its as if the narrator is sitting drinking coffee and people watching, and the song is his conclusion.
    Jonnyxxon September 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe "kid in the snow" part is just talking about a kid enjoying the snow (at least at first). "It only happens once a year..." I think in most places with average weather you only get one big snow a year, so, way to go, kid! Enjoy that snow while it lasts!

    Any deeper meaning is up for interpretation.
    Kyomaraon March 01, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation

    I doubt this is has to do with the original meaning but. . . I was in the midst of a cocaine addiction when I really identified with this song. . .

    Boy on the bike is doing runs to sell his shit to maintain his habit. . . Going up and going down (getting high and crashing). . .

    Because the word out on the street is that you're starving...(friends and family will eventually notice you have a drug problem when you get skinny even if you're hiding it. . .)

    They're not paying him (dealers aren't paying him in $$$ anymore) It's not fun anymore. . .

    "Take a holiday" is an expression me and my cocaine using friends used to use to describe taking a break from the "stuff" Don't know if this is a universal expression or just coincidence. . .

    Yeah more I think of it probably has nothing to do with the song but that's my take hey!


    Kaffy555on August 23, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt was 2001 and I had my first breakdown. My whole life was destroyed it felt like. I was always a genius student and now I couldn't do that because of my mental illness.

    So the lines "listen to your crazy laugh.... before you hang a right.... and disappear from sight"...

    Also the line "your going up your going down your going nowhere.... when your legs are black and blue it's time to take a break it's time to take a holiday"

    I seriously stopped a suicide attempt because I heard this song. So yeah that song is my favorite or else I wouldn't have been here. Thanks B&S.
    claudiuson April 29, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSongs take on new meaning as they travel with us through life and how we experience it. The fox, the girl, boy and kid are all one, dimensions of a person with potential depth, but is lost to shallow desperation.

    For me, this song is about the narcissistic intafamous, the self proclaimed instagram model. She’s lost all direction and creativity,
    “Before you hang a right
    And disappear from sight,”

    Chasing her tail, the fox has stopped feeding her mind and soul. It’s easy attention, as the girl becomes increasingly brash and trashy and easy to spot, like a fox in the snow. The fox is starving and needs to keep feeding her narcissism.

    Like a boy on a bike, she rides aimlessly. She runs around and her life is being driven by her next post. “It’s time to take a holiday,” from her addiction to attention. It’s not a professional model shoot- it’s unpaid, pay to play even.

    “You're going up, you're going down.
    You're going nowhere.
    It's not as if they're paying you.”

    Likewise, the girl in the snow is the woman losing all maturity.
    “To tell someone all the truth before it kills you
    They listen to your crazy laugh,” her hashtags full of quasi indirects and poor attempts at humor, reveal she’s losing her sanity.

    The kid in the snow is the instagram model, hitting her mid life crisis hard. She’s aged, is losing her natural youthful beauty. However, the cross fit gym culture is giving her a last crack at being hot. Cosmetics, good angles and strong Instagram filters fuel her selfie addiction. She says she still feels just like a kid, hashtagging #whenyourentirewardrobeisfromthejuniorsdepartment but in actuality, it’s train wreck: he’s embarrassed as she acts out her mid life crisis publicly.

    “Kid in the snow, way to go
    It only happens once a year
    It only happens once a lifetime
    Make the most of it
    Second just to being born
    Second to dying too
    What else would you do?
    What else would you do?
    What else would you do?
    What else would you do?”

    I love the repeated verse of “What else would you do?” The imagery emotes her insanity and desperation. Finally, the man singing knew her once before she spiraled into what she’s become. His weepy style of voice exudes sadness, loss and disappointment. He’s outside looking in and no longer relates to her. His connection with her is gone, and she’s has lost her mind to narcissism false fame on instagram.

    What else would you do?
    dbxiarheeon March 21, 2018   Link

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