Marion was bit by a copperhead snake when living in the mountains of Virginia - the snake actually left a fang in her leg too! When she ended up in the emergency room, the doctor indicated his belief the snake might make out worse than Marion - losing a fang (if it wasn't shedding its skin) means it would likely not live very long. This song uses the snake bite experience as a starting point for, well, something a bit more.
V1 - I was walking in the tall grass, sweltering in the heat, Eyes on the trail ahead, not looking at my feet -Never had a warning, only felt the sting.
V2 - When I stopped to take a look, imagine my surprise. A snake put a fang in me - but he paid a heavy price. They say a snake that loses a fang, he'll surely lose his life.. . . I don't know why, but I'll keep walking in that tall grass.
Break: Without that snake, Eve might be in that garden still-Naked and dumb, blind to her free will. One bite of an apple, one step into the wild - I left that garden and I kept on walking . . . in that tall grass for a while.
V3 - Go to school and get a job, then become someone's wife. In 20 years or so, find you need a different life. Time to make a change and go walking in that tall grass . . . I don't know why but I'll keep walking in that tall grass
V. 4 - I'm the kinda girl who likes to wander off the beaten path - Maybe get a little lost or maybe just not come back. I might meet a snake or two but I'll keep walking in that tall grass. ..I don't know why but I'll keep walking . . .