|Song by Jethro Tull from the album Aqualung|
|Released||19 March 1971|
|Recorded||December 1970 - February 1971 at Island Studios, London|
|Genre||Progressive rock, hard rock|
|Producer||Ian Anderson and Terry Ellis|
|Aqualung track listing|
The song is about "Cross-Eyed Mary", a schoolgirl prostitute who prefers the company of "leching greys" over her schoolmates.
It was intended as a companion piece to "Aqualung", a piece on the same album about a homeless man. Indeed, the Aqualung character is given a cameo in "Cross-Eyed Mary".
- Aqualung (1971)
- Repeat – The Best of Jethro Tull – Vol II (1977)
- 25th Anniversary Box Set (1993)
- The Best of Jethro Tull – The Anniversary Collection (1993)
- Ian Anderson – vocals, flute
- Martin Barre – electric guitar
- John Evan – piano, mellotron
- Jeffrey Hammond – bass guitar
- Clive Bunker – drums, percussion
In popular culture
Films and TV
- The song made an appearance in the first season of the UK version of Life on Mars.
- The song is featured in the soundtrack of the movie Breaking the Waves.
- The song has been covered by Elf in their 1972 live concert.
- Iron Maiden has covered the song, which has been released in different ways (see Piece of Mind, "The Trooper", The First Ten Years and Best of the 'B' Sides).
- The band Clutch covered "Cross-Eyed Mary" for the Sucking the 70s compilation.