Jethro Tull: Cross-eyed Mary

Endless Fascination.
That's the only way to describe my relationship with this song. I've always had soft spot for the angel with dirty wings. Maybe that's why I think that everyone gets this song wrong. It's not simply a woeful tale of child prostitution among low lifes and pedophiles. It's an intimate and playful portrait of a young girl with a deeply misguided social conscience. She chooses the earthy experiences of the lower class to those of her own and her reasons are known only to her. Why she "favors" the poor man with something "good and strong", we may never fully understand. But those words also perfectly describe the marriage of the melody and the narrative in this unyielding prog rock classic.

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