Cross-Eyed Mary

Album: Aqualung (1971)
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  • Who would be a poor man, a beggar-man, a thief
    If he had a rich man in his hand?
    And who would steal the candy
    From a laughing baby's mouth
    If he could take it from the money man
    Cross-eyed Mary goes jumping in again
    She signs no contract but she always plays the game
    She dines in Hampstead village on expense accounted gruel
    And the jack-knife barber, drops her off at school

    Laughing in the playground, gets no kicks from little boys
    Would rather make it with a letching grey
    Or maybe her attention is drawn by Aqualung
    Who watches through the railings as they play, hey
    Cross-eyed Mary finds it hard to get along
    She's a poor man's rich girl and she'll do it for a song
    She's a rich man stealer but her favor's good and strong
    She's the Robin Hood of Highgate, helps the poor man get along, hey

    Laughing in the playground, gets no kicks from little boys
    Would rather make it with a letching grey
    Or maybe her attention is drawn by Aqualung
    Who watches through the railings as they play, hey
    Cross-eyed Mary goes jumping in again
    She signs no contract but she always plays the game
    She dines in Hampstead village on expense accounted gruel
    And the jack-knife barber, drops her off at school, hey

    Cross-eyed Mary
    Oh Mary, oh cross-eyed Mary Writer/s: Ian Anderson
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 8

  • Jeff from Nclove the connection between the school girl Mary and her attraction to older men, couldn't play music like this now days, just goes to show older eras were more progressive and open minded to art then todays artists, today it is all whining about justice and give me mine. whatever, the world continues to slide into ignorance.
  • Roger from Twin Cities, Mn, UsaAnd yet, here I am, Philip. I also like Marvin Gaye. Also Jackson Browne. Also Buck Owens.

    Eclectic is a thing.
  • Dante from Milwaukee, WiInterperet it however you want, Paul. What it says here is just what Ian's idea was.
  • Paul from Herne, GermanyI really don't know why but I always thought the song was about a little ugly girl that steals money from her rich parents to give it to the poor children.
    But good to know I was wrong, thanks for the entry.
  • Darren from Winnipeg, MbI thought the line with Aqualung in it referred to her realizing her life could go nowhere, ending up homeless like him.
  • Philip from Akron, OhSo what does "People who dig this song..." mean? It's hard to believe "Cross-Eyed Mary" and "Orinoco Flow" play to the same crowd.
  • Carrie from , MiCross-eyed Mary is a young prostitute who has sex with dirty old men (the line "gets no kicks from little boys...would rather make it with a letching grey" attests to the fact that she has to take her money from wherever it comes--most often older men who pay for her services.
    The jack-knife barber is either an abortionist or Mary's pimp. The line "she'll do it for a song" makes is sound like Mary keeps her price low, thus helping the "poor man get along"
  • Jean Paul from Santiago, South AmericaIron Maiden did a cover of this song. It's on their Trooper single.
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