This song was originally recorded on
Jethro Tull's 1971 album
I'm not very knowledgeable about Tull, but 'Cross-Eyed Mary' appears to be a song that champions
the cause of the poor, although the exact message of the song seems somewhat obscure. It describes
the difficult life of a certain Mary, who struggles to survive and remain honest.
The music itself is alright, but doesn't really rise above the common B-side standard. Ironically,
this Maiden version received a significant amount of radio airplay in the United States –
more than most of Maiden's A-side singles!
This shows Steve and Bruce's great love of Jethro Tull. Both are big Tull fans and this is
a tribute to them. Interesting enough it picked up airplay in America without any attempt at
airplay from us or our label. The label were asking me to let them go to radio with it
properly but I wouldn't let them. As a B-side it wasn't representative of what we did,
it wasn't used on the album – funnily enough it was one of the only things
we ever had played on American radio, and it was "just"