Then he said, "Mom I want to forna...
I mean formulate and discover the realms of the unknown
with Mary Jane
After all you'll be away for the weekend
Just please consent
I need a friend".

I admit your puberty was somewhat strange
Could this be fixed with Mary Jane?
Mary Jane Mary Jane Mary Jane Who?

So I said, "Son you want to permeate
And discover the realms of the unknown
With Mary Jane
After all the other boys that are your age
They only wake to medicate".

Do I know her family?
Is she even mannerly when she's out in society?
"She even bakes"
She even bakes?
"These odd brownies".

Mary Jane
Mary Jane
Mary Jane
Mary Jane, who?

Then he said, "I believe in her family,
On her maternal side there was a
Dr. Tetrahydrocannabinol Pure Isomer Dronabinol".
Mary Jane, who?
Mary Jane, who?


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    General CommentI agree, this song is brilliant!! Takes me back to early Tori..
    It's obviously about a boy who is keeping himself company with 'mary jane' whilst his mother is out of town. He's obviously explaining to his mother all the reasons why Mary Jane is the perfect friend for him.
    abey85on May 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm surprised no one has commented on this one yet.

    It obviously is referring to pot ;)

    But there is a sort of drama going on in the background, over which the whimsical weed references are flowing.
    Crystalline888on April 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK. After third listen, this song is fucking amazing! aslfjnsd lfnsd nflsdjnflsd nf I love the Dr. Tetra... part!
    stentorianon May 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomething about keeping the feminine part of the plant separate...
    vogonjron May 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, just when I thought I couldn't love you anymore, Tori Amos, you write a song about my favorite indulgence.
    angstiosis_againon June 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a true story about a mother and son. And the mom feels really stupid because she thinks the son is talking about a girl. And she's down with this girl comming over because the kid is kind of a dork and anti social. The song pretty much tells itself.I heard Tori tell the story on two different boots, that's how I know this :)
    LindsayRebelon June 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe idea that a mother is thinking that a good woman with a good name (from her Father - the male last name is passed down) can come in and "improve" her son is sad. Shakespeare would ask, "what's in a name?"

    Tori has the Mother repeating over and over, "Mary Jane WHO?!"

    It turns out, that this young boy isn't trying to use another person to enter certain realms....he's using a substance.

    Is there anything wrong with that? Not really.

    But there is something wrong with a Mother thinking that another woman's good last name will "fix" her son, whatever fix means.

    The overall theme of this album is how we are each controlled in society and our lives by the threat of dispair....what IS power? Is it a good last name? Is it a woman or a man trying to control you?
    parasolon September 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI'm surprised no-one else has said this:

    I thought it meant that he was telling his mother he wanted to have sex with "Mary-Jane" and she was gone for the weekend...
    Natasha21on March 28, 2013   Link

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