The Short Answer - Billy Bragg

    Between Marx and marzipan in the dictionary there was Mary
    Between the Deep Blue Sea and the Devil that was me
    If ever anyone could help me with my obsession with
    The young Susannah York it was Mary

    In my pink pyjamas she asked me for something
    I gave her the short anwswer
    She read our stars out loud
    And I knew then that we should have gone sailing
    But we stayed home instead
    Fighting on the waterbed
    Like the honeymoon couple on drugs
    Me and Mary

    What happened in the past
    Remained a mystery of natural history
    She should have been the last
    But she was just the latest
    If she wanted to be a farmer's wife
    I would endure that muddy life
    I would dig for victory

    And the sound of happy couples
    Coupling happily in the dark
    While you and I sat down to tea
    I remember you said to me
    That no amount of poetry
    Would mend this broken heart
    But you can put the Hoover round
    If you want to make a start

    All my friends from school
    Introduce me to their spouses
    While I'm left standing here
    With my hands down the front of my trousers
    I just don't know what's to be done
    I wonder sometimes how did Dad meet Mum
    And how did they conceive of me
    Tell me Mary

    The boys who came to the shop
    Always made her laugh much more than I did
    When I told her this must stop
    She didn't bat an eyelid
    She said you know honey it's such a shame
    You'll never be any good at this game
    You bruise too easily
    So said Mary

    Her two brothers took me out
    Of circulation for the duration
    So we went our seperate ways but does she still love me
    She still has my door key
    Like a bully boy in a Benetton shop
    You're never happy with what you've got
    Till what you've got has gone
    Sorry Mary


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