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"Beauty Mark": That's about my mother. We spar a lot.
She'll write a song, I'll write a song; she'll put me
down, I'll put her down. I'd written a bunch of stuff she
thought was terrible (and she was right). But "Beauty
Mark" won her over - it was my comeback. I had to rise
to her challenge. I said to myself, "Okay, I'm gonna
write a perfect little classy thing. I'll show mama!" It's
the happiest song on the album.

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I never had it, I never wanted it,
I never had your Beauty mark
Nor did I have your black hair and hazel eyes
My early childhood was not as simple as yours
set in the country
No I did not have a fears of nuns who dressed in
black
But I do have your tastes
I had no radio show, nor did I have
Home-made clothes, home-made curtains
Of the same material
I never had it, I never wanted it, I never had your
Beauty Mark
But I do have your tastes
And I do have your red face and long hands
I think Callas sang a lovely "Norma"
You prefer Robson on "Deep River"
I may not be so manly,
but still I know you love me
Even if I don't have your
Beauty Mark!