This song is about Rufus' mother, Kate McGarrigle, a talented singer-songwriter who died of cancer in 2010 at 63. According to Wainwright, they commonly wrote songs about each other, and "Beauty Mark" was in response to McGarrigle's "First Born," a song she wrote about Rufus that appeared on her 1977 album Dancer With Bruised Knees
, a collaboration with her sister, Anna McGarrigle. Some lines that refer to her: "I never had your black hair, and hazel eyes," "I had no radio shows nor did I have homemade clothes, homemade curtains of the same material." The song ends very happily when Rufus decides "I may not be so manly, but still I know you love me, even if I don't have your beauty mark."
Chris - Philadelphia, PA