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2 'Mary Long'

(Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) - from the Deep Purple album 'Who do we think we are'

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 graffito on a toilet wall, but there is and always has been a sinister whiff of hypocrisy emanating from the pulpit of the pious.

Mary Long

( 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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