|Song by Jethro Tull|
|from the album Aqualung|
|Released||19 March 1971|
|Recorded||December 1970 – February 1971|
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. The Aqualung character is given a cameo in "Cross-Eyed Mary".
"Cross-Eyed Mary" was ranked the 12th best Jethro Tull song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.
- 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)
- Jethro Tull
- Ian Anderson – vocals, acoustic guitar, flute
- Martin Barre – electric guitar
- John Evan – piano, organ, mellotron
- Jeffrey Hammond – bass guitar
- Clive Bunker – drums, percussion
- Additional Personnel
- Terry Ellis - producer
Iron Maiden version
|Song by Iron Maiden|
- 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).
In popular culture
This section contains a list of miscellaneous information. (February 2017)
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.
- The band Clutch covered "Cross-Eyed Mary" for the Sucking the 70s compilation.
- Cross-Eyed Mary was also a very popular cover band in the central US.
- Schick, Elizabeth A. (1998). Current Biography Yearbook, 1998. H.W. Wilson. p. 26. ISBN 9780824209575.
Two other songs on Aqualung, 'Cross-Eyed Mary' and 'Locomotive Breath,' have also become hard-rock classics.
- "Ian Anderson interview, Disc and Music Echo, 20 March 1971". Archived from the original on 5 December 2004. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
- Rehe, Christoph (2013). Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check: alle Alben, alle Songs. Ein eclipsed-Buch (in German). Sysyphus Sysyphus Verlags GmbH. ISBN 3868526463.
- Encyclopaedia Metallum - Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind