"Mary" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
What's behind Mary's eyes
Mary's eyes
Mary's eyes

The death midwife
Can you bring her back to life
The death midwife
Can you bring her back to life

Sister despair
Sister despair
Can you bring the dream king to me
Sister despair
Hide your tears around Mary
We've got to get her to
Joy to the world
Joy to the world

Hymns for us to sing
She's a believer
Hymns locked in her memory
I'm a believer they're the key

What's behind Mary's eyes
Patterns matter
Stringing sequences together matters
To bring, bring her back to us

What's behind Mary's eyes
Mary's eyes
Mary's eyes

The death midwife
Can you bring her back to life

Sister despair
Sister despair
She must not see you cry
Hide your tears
Can't we just bring her delight

Hymns for us to sing
She's a believer
Hymns locked in her memory
I'm a believer they're the key

What's behind Mary's eyes
What's behind Mary's eyes
Mary's eyes
Mary's eyes
Mary


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"Mary's Eyes" as written by Tori Amos

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    General CommentI think this song is about women and girls in general. "Mary" is a very common name for girls, and some of the most famous women in history were named Mary. It's terribly common for women to be degraded and seen as no more than sexual playthings.
    The first two stanzas seem like the narrator is expressing a desire for women to be so much more than what they've become; "Butterflies don't belong in nets".
    "Las Vegas got a pin-up girl
    They got her armed as they buy and sell her"
    This seems like another reference to how commercialized women are these days.
    The eighth stanza appears to be remorse for the days when a woman could say she was a stay-at-home mom without being looked down on.
    RapturesAnomalyon July 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is a kind of open letter to all women. Mary is a very standard female name and I think it's talking about a girl's loss of innocence "waking up" and comparing that to the physical changes of the time.

    Also, the Jimi Hendrix thing makes sense... cos like it says in the song "Just like Jimmy said, don't be afraid" and in the Hendrix song it goes

    "Somewhere a queen is weeping
    Somewhere a king has no wife
    And the wind, it cries mary"

    also talking about feminine independance.
    antisheepon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmary
    this song is EVIDENTLY the metaphor for sex and genitals.................and even possibly a violated sexuality or genitalia..........every1 wants sex and every young guy will tell the person theyare with......."don't worry, it's ok"..............no question 'bout this song!...............sex
    he_dont_cum_thru | 12-16-2004 @ 12:54 AM UTC
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    he_dont_cum_thruon December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's actually about Mary Magdalene.
    missmeon March 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYes.. Mary Magdalene is what I beleive this song is about as well. I love it when she says "Butterflies don't belong in nets.." which when I first heard the song I thought of a free-spirited who everyone wants to trap.. which kind of goes along with the Magdalene interpretation but now that I've really disected the song I'm thinking of "..everybody wants a piece of Mary.." because The Feminine is such a powerful thing. Everyone wants to experience her whether they realize it or not. So now the "butterflies don't belong in nets" line makes me think of how Tori is a rare being who's captured the beauty and essence of The Feminine.. and she doesn't want to hog it all to herself. This goes along with many of the other lines in the song including "even the wind cries your name.." I have so much to say about this song! The "Las Vegas got a pin up girl" line emphasizes Mary Magdalene, the prostitute, in a modern way. The verse where it says "Rivers of milk are running dry.." is the metaphor of the nourishment that the feminine gives.. and only she and the forms of her can give it. And then the chorus lines and "When I think of what we've done to you" I'm pretty sure are referring to the hidden conspiracy of the Magdalene. Oh .. I love this song.
    dedgrrlsdanceon May 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnd no worries though about the genitalia reference. I can definitely see that now that I've read the song again. I can see where it can be a metaphor of a young girl discovering her body and hitting puberty, and the urge for sex. Now I've got so many outlooks on this song.. I love how Tori can layer her songs like this.
    dedgrrlsdanceon May 24, 2005   Link
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    General Comment'The wind cries Mary' is a song by Jimmy Hendrix...just thought I'd mention it.
    Almost Realon October 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of the meanings I think you can find in this song is "Mary" as a personification of the earth itself. It's easy to see:

    - "butterflies don't belong in nets" (you can't own earth, no matter how hard you try)
    - the idea of people having destroyed this woman who personifies the earth, having prostituted her (used up her resources), but people are starting to notice. people are starting to want to help - they're "waking up".
    - the very obvious verse that includes the line "What'll we do when our babies scream? / Fill their mouths with some acid rain?"
    dragonflyeyeson September 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDragonflyeyes is correct. In the sense that her interpretation is what's written in "Tales of a Librarian". The booklet also states that this song involves The Bible/Mary Magdalene (which is pretty evident is some parts).

    Overall, great song and great message.
    vodkaismon July 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd like to offer what I think of when I hear this song. More my interpretation than what the artist meant to say through this song.

    I think it's about the earth. The lines

    'Rivers of milk are running dry, /Can't you hear the dolphins crying?
    What'll we do when our babies scream? / Fill their mouths with some acid rain?'

    and

    'Oh Mary, can you hear me?/ Mary, you're bleeding
    Mary, don't be afraid / We're just waking up
    And I hear help is on the way'

    It just makes me think of everything I know of how people have abused the earth. It makes me think of Global Warming, how people are 'waking up'. I'm not a major tree-hugger, but I enjoy nature's beauty, and every time I heard the words, I thought of the earth.

    Just noticed the comments of dragonflyeyes and vodkaism. Huh, cool =)
    dustbunnion October 18, 2008   Link

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