Sermon on "The Fox"

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord

I initially scoffed at the song due to its ridiculousness. Indeed, the song is ridiculous, but...there is something about this song that has not ceased to intrigue me. Yes, the music is catchy, but as I pondered over the song more deeply, I came to realize the profundity of its philosophical and metaphysical underpinnings.

The first verse goes (thanks to Metro Lyrics for supplying the lyrics):

Dog goes woof
Cat goes meow
Bird goes tweet
and mouse goes squeek

Cow goes moo
Frog goes croak
and the elephant goes toot

Ducks say quack
and fish go blub
and the seal goes ow ow ow ow ow

These are self-evident. It is through the power of God that the dog goes "woof"; that the cat goes "meow"; that the bird goes "tweet"; and that the mouse goes "squeek," among all the other animals. Yet, as the song itself says:

But there's one sound
That no one knows
What does the fox say?

This is truly a deep question: what does the fox say? What is the sound of the fox, which no one knows? And is it completely true that no one knows its sound? No. The Lord our God knows. In fact, He created this elusive sound of the fox. Yet, out of His own wisdom, He has chosen to keep this knowledge a secret and, as the song says, an "ancient mystery."

Now, of course, the next part of the song - with the hilariously ridiculous sound effects - can easily be dismissed as silliness. Yet, in reality, it is more than that. Those silly sound effects are, I believe, a speculative reflection over what the sound of the fox could be. Since God can do all things, the sound of the fox could in fact be:

Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!

Or it could be:

Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!

There is nothing to prevent the Lord from making the fox say:

Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!

Or even to say:

Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!
Tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!
Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!

There is nothing to prevent the Lord from making these speculations the actual reality.

Now, the second verse digs deeply into the nature of the fox's glorious creation, which was shaped by the very Power of God:

Big blue eyes
Pointy nose
Chasing mice
and digging holes

Tiny paws
Up the hill
Suddenly you're standing still

Your fur is red
So beautiful
Like an angel in disguise

Indeed, the Lord has made the fox beautiful. The Lord is Perfect in His creative Will, His creative power. As the Quran says: "Hallowed is God, the best of artisans [or those who create]!" (23:14) But the next verse poses a vexing problem:

But if you meet
a friendly horse
Will you communicate by
mo-o-o-o-orse?
mo-o-o-o-orse?
mo-o-o-o-orse?

How will you speak to that
ho-o-o-o-orse?
ho-o-o-o-orse?
ho-o-o-o-orse?

This is an excellent question. How would the fox speak to that ho-o-o-orse? True, "friendly horses" do not usually frequent the same places as foxes (except, perhaps, on a fox hunt), but it is possible that a fox could meet a "friendly horse." I mean, with God, anything is possible. Could the fox communicate with that horse using Morse Code? Of course. Again, with God, anything is possible.

Yet - as the song goes again into speculative reflection - the fox could also say to the horse:

Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!
Chacha-chacha-chacha-chow!
Chacha-chacha-chacha-chow!

Or:

Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!

Or:

A-hee-ahee ha-hee!
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!

Or even:

A-oo-oo-oo-ooo!
Woo-oo-oo-ooo!

Only the Lord knows for sure, Hallowed be His Glorious Name.

Yet, truly, the most significant part of the song is the bridge:

The secret of the fox
Ancient mystery
Somewhere deep in the woods
I know you're hiding

What is your sound?
Will we ever know?
Will always be a mystery
What do you say?

You're my guardian angel
Hiding in the woods
What is your sound?

Wow. What is your sound, Fox? Will we ever know? Or, will it always be a mystery? Only the Lord our God, Hallowed be His Glorious Name, knows for sure. And that is the larger metaphysical point of this song: that the "secret of the fox," this "ancient mystery," may not be known by humanity.

But it is most definitely known by God, the Lord of the fox and everything else in the Universe. And in this fact, we should all rejoice and take comfort.

Now, after reading this, you may be thinking to yourself: "Wow, this dude has really read into this song way too much!" Indeed, you would be right. Would I ever give this sermon to a congregation? Absolutely not!

But this above reflection - apart from the excuse of:  "my kids like the song" - is the only way I can feel better about downloading this song to my iPod.

A-oo-oo-oo-ooo!
Woo-oo-oo-ooo!

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