There’s always room in the pantheon for a flute-playing gentleman farmer. How charming. Now, I must admit that, much as I love it, this song never made much sense to me. I’ve always been confused as to whether this Mary is supposed to be a good person or a bad person. She’s the Robin Hood of Highgate – if Robin Hood was a slutty Lolita-type. To my knowledge, Ian Anderson has never written a song that was nonsensical. Every song has a message, loud and clear. It seems most of what’s on Aqualung has a message about things Ian Anderson disapproves of, i.e. the Anglican Church. But I still can’t tell if Mary is a good girl or not.