Who would be a poor man, a beggar man, a thief
If he had a rich man in his hands?
And who would steal the candy from a laughing baby's mouth
If he could take it from the money man?

Cross-eyed Mary goes jumping in again
She signs no contracts but she always plays it clean
She dines in Hampstead Village
On expense accounted gruel
And the jack knife barber drops her off at school

Laughing in the playground gets no kicks from little boys
Would rather make it with a letching gray
Or maybe her attention is drawn by Aqualung
Who watches through the railings as they play

Cross-eyed Mary finds it hard to get along
a poor man's rich girl
And she'll do it for a song
a rich man's stealer
But her favor's good and strong
She's the Robin Hood of High Gate
Let the poor man get along

Laughing in the playground gets no kick from little boys
Would rather make it with a letching gray
Or maybe her attention is drawn by Aqualung
Who watches through the railings as they play

Cross-eyed Mary goes jumping in again
She signs no contracts but she always plays it clean
She dines in Hampstead Village
On expense accounted gruel
And the jack knife barber drops her off at school

Cross-eyed Mary

Oh, Mary

Oh, Cross-eyed Mary


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Cross-Eyed Mary Lyrics as written by Ian Anderson

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    General Commentcross eyed mary

    cross eyed as in blinded by an idolatrous literalist interpretation of christ and the cross

    always reminds me of the catholic church for some reason

    kribhususon June 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentits an excelent cover of a jethro tull song from the album aqualung maidens version is a b side for the trooper
    trooperkevon April 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy question is, did they have the flute intro, arguably the best part of the excellent original.
    inpraiseoffollyon October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the intro with the guitar.
    Fliboon February 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCross-Eyed Mary is a Jethro Tull song from the album Aqualung (1971). Cross-eyed Mary is a young prostitute.
    dw53on December 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe original Jethro Tull song was from the album Aqualung, which had a running theme about these lower-class characters (e.g. the homeless man Aqualung, or the underage prostitute Cross-eyed Mary). The point of the lyrics was generally that these people we look down on are real human beings with souls and they're just doing what they have to to get through life.
    Heavymetalharpon June 07, 2020   Link

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