Just started working up a cover of Deep Purple's "Mary Long" last week. Out of interest (and to prove we're not just soul-less rock gods), thought we'd share both Ian Gillan's explanation of the lyrics, and the lyrics themselves...
Mr Gillan says -
"Mary Long is a composite name. Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford were the self-appointed guardians of public morals in England's early seventies. Mary told 'Johnny' (that's Johnny Speight, a TV writer who made the establishment cringe) not to write such trash….a waste of public money…the BBC (who were bravely responsible) is funded by public money. These people would rail against anything which might be considered 'untoward'. They were the publicity conscious PC fascists of their day; nothing much changes except that the currently self-righteous use the bon mot 'inappropriate'. Roger and I clearly were not suggesting that either Whitehouse or Longford would stoop to drowning kittens or drawing a piece of graffiti on a toilet wall, but there is and always has been a sinister whiff of hypocrisy emanating from the pulpit of the pious."
( Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice)
Mary Long is a hypocrite She does all the things that she tells us not to do Selling filth from a corner shop And knitting patterns to the high street queue She paints roses even makes 'em smell good And then she draws titties on the khazi wall Drowns kittens just to get a thrill And writes sermons in the Sunday Chronicle How did you lose your virginity, Mary Long? When will you lose your stupidity, Mary Long? Mary told Johnny not to write such trash Said it was a waste of public money She made a fuss they made apologies But everybody thought the show was funny When the nation knew you had children It came as such a surprise We really didn't know you'd had it in you How you did it we can only surmise How did you lose your virginity, Mary Long? When will you lose your stupidity, Mary Long? Mary Long you're not alone But you're a long way behind our times What we do in full frontal view Is more honest than your clean up mind What I'm saying Mary Long is When you can spare a minute Go find your friend the Porny Lord Dig yourself a hole and jump in it How did you lose your virginity, Mary Long? When will you lose your stupidity, Mary Long
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