Left of Center

Lyric © 9/8/2011 Lawrence M. Lesser
(to the tune of same-titled song by Suzanne Vega and Stephen Addabbo that was a minor hit for Joe Jackson and Vega from the 1986 soundtrack album for the coming-of-age film Pretty in Pink)

If you want me, you can find me
Left of center, down the long scale:
In the skewness, down the left side,
In the sparseness of the long tail.

When they ask me "What shape describes your graph?",
I always answer: "Left-skewed (left-skewed)."
I think they know that my skew is negative;
I think they think my mode is plain rude.

But I'm only in the long tail of the density,
Far away from the modal view--
And if you want me, you can find me
Left of center, wondering about μ,
wondering about μ.....