Cross-Eyed Mary

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"Cross-Eyed Mary"
Song by Jethro Tull
from the album Aqualung
Released19 March 1971 (1971-03-19)
RecordedDecember 1970 – February 1971
StudioIsland, London
Songwriter(s)Ian Anderson

"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[2] 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.[3]

Recorded appearances[edit]


Jethro Tull
Additional Personnel

Iron Maiden version[edit]

"Cross-Eyed Mary"
Song by Iron Maiden
A-side"The Trooper"
GenreHeavy metal
Songwriter(s)Ian Anderson
Producer(s)Martin Birch

In popular culture[edit]

Films and TV[edit]


  • 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.


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Ian Anderson interview, Disc and Music Echo, 20 March 1971". Archived from the original on 5 December 2004. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Encyclopaedia Metallum - Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
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