Minstrel In The Gallery/Cross Eyed Mary by Jethro Tull
The minstrel in the gallery
looked down upon the smiling faces.
He met the gazes observed the spaces
between the old men's cackle.
Who would be a poor man, a beggarman, a thief -
if he had a rich man in his hand.
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 contract
but she always plays the game.
She dines in Hampstead village
on expense accounted gruel,
and the jack-knife barber drops her off at school.
Cross-eyed Mary finds it hard to get along.
She's a poor man's rich girl
and she'll do it for a song.
She's a rich man stealer
and her favour's good and strong:
She's the Robin Hood of Highgate -
helps the poor man get along.