Cross-Eyed Mary

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"Cross-Eyed Mary"
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
Length 4:06
Label Island (UK)
Reprise (US)
Writer Ian Anderson
Producer Ian Anderson and Terry Ellis
Aqualung track listing
"Aqualung"
(1)
"Cross-Eyed Mary"
(2)
"Cheap Day Return"
(3)

"Cross-Eyed Mary" is a song by the British progressive rock band Jethro Tull from their album Aqualung (1971). The song is about "Cross-Eyed Mary", a schoolgirl prostitute[1] 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". The song has been covered by Elf, Iron Maiden[2] (see Piece of Mind, "The Trooper", The First Ten Years and Best of the 'B' Sides), and also by Clutch for the Sucking the 70s compilation.

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