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“Hazard” is a 1991 song performed by pop music artist Richard Marx. It has since become one of the most popular songs of the decade, and returned Marx to the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #9. In addition, the song spent one week atop the adult contemporary chart. It also did very well in the United Kingdom, peaking at #3 on the UK Singles Chart, and it topped the ARIA Chart in Australia.

“Hazard” tells the story of an implied friendship or relationship between Marx’s character (usually considered the protagonist) and a woman named Mary. Mary is presumably murdered and Marx, shunned by many in the small town since his childhood, is immediately considered the main suspect. Marx, however, maintains his innocence throughout the song, and the question of such is left open to the listener’s interpretation.

The music video opens with several older men teasing Marx’s character as a child with his mother in the background. The video then shows Mary, who is depicted as having features very similar to Marx’s mother. Various scenes in this sequence can cause the viewer to become unclear about the nature of their relationship. As the story continues, the town’s sheriff is shown taking photographs of the couple and following one or both of them in his vehicle.

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My mother came to Hazard when I was just seven
Even then the folks in town said with prejudiced eyes
That boy's not right

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