Mary Jo, living alone
Drinking tea, on her own
She wants..
I don't know what you want

Mary Jo, living alone
Drinking gin, the telly's on
She wants..

The night to follow day and back again
She doesn't want to sleep
Well who could blame her if she wants
The night to follow day and back again
She doesn't want to sleep
Well who could blame her, if she sleeps?
Well who could blame her, if she sleeps?
Well who could blame her, if she's sleeping?

Mary Jo, back with yourself
For company, keep telling yourself you're young
And it'll happen soon

Mary Jo, no one can guess
What you've been through
Now you've got love to burn

It's someone else's turn to go through hell
Now you can see them come from fifty yards
Yeah, you can tell
It's someone else's turn to take a fall
And now you are the one who's strong enough to help them
The one who's strong enough to help them
The one who's strong enough to help them all

Mary Jo, you're looking thin
You're reading a book, "The State I'm In"
But, oh, it doesn't help at all
'Cause what you want is a cigarette
And a thespian with a caravanette in Hull

Your life is never dull in your dreams
A pity that it never seems to work the way you see it
Life is never dull in your head
A sorry tale of action and the men you left for
Women, and the men you left for
Intrigue, and the men you left for dead


Lyrics submitted by girlboyrevolt, edited by mdznr, Mellow_Harsher, fathousefly

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    General CommentQ.I know you said Mary Jo was pure fantasy but I was wondering then, what inspired you to write that song? thanks in advance!!

    A. seeing a women for a fleeting moment across the street from where I lived for a short spell. in the moment between someone coming into a flat, putting on the lights, and then closing the curtains. i think the women had a nurse's uniform on, but I could be wrong because it was just a blink. she had time to glance in my direction, and the glance held it all
    Southboundon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, as my name is Mary-Jo, I can't help but love this song. It's so beautiful!
    Prisoner.I.Wason August 02, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'You're reading a book, "The State I Am In"'

    I just noticed this little relation. The state i'm in is another song by B&S. Just a little interesting connectiosn
    lies.and.pieson November 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyes, and there is another reference to the other song:Mary Jo drinking gin (in the other song "we introduced my child bride to whisky and gin")
    faith_veniceon January 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe other song being of course the state i am in
    faith_veniceon January 04, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"and the men you left for
    Women..."

    A third connection to another Tigermilk song, this time to She's Losing It and its lesbian theme.
    mister care-too-muchon May 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMore references to "The state I'm in" on "Put the book back on the shelf" (see my comment there).
    Prolaguson October 16, 2009   Link

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