The Short Answer Song Lyrics

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg Workers Playtime cover art
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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 Suzannah York
It was Mary

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

Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 She's Got a New Spell
  • 2 Must I Paint You a Picture
  • 3 Tender Comrade
  • 4 The Price I Pay
  • 5 Little Time Bomb
  • 6 Rotting on Remand
  • 7 Valentine's Day Is Over
  • 8 Life With the Lions
  • 9 The Only One
  • 10 The Short Answer
  • 11 Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards


  • credits


    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Billy Bragg
    album: Track 10 in album Workers Playtime
    release date: 1988-9
    popularity : 135 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Indie Rock/Indie Pop
    vocal: Billy Bragg
    engineer: Martin Hayles
    viola: Theresa Pamplin
    percussion: Tony Maronie
    cello: Julia Palmer
    violins: Donna Welchman and Camilla Brunt
    slide guitar & acoustic guitar: Wiggy
    assistant engineer: Graham Dear
    12 string guitar & acoustic guitar: Kenny Jones
    producer: Joe Boyd and Wiggy
    triangle & electric guitar & electric bass guitar: Billy Bragg
    lyricist: Billy Bragg
    composer: Billy Bragg

    Album Information

    label: Go! Discs
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin