Song Lyric Sunday #36

Now I have plenty of songs in my archives in response to Jim Adams’ prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge which is Songs with one word Titles. The big question is which one to choose? Given the current discussions around women’s safety, I thought I would choose Mercy by Duffy.

Amy Anne Duffy is a Welsh singer, songwriter and actress. Her debut album, Rockferry, released in 2008, became the best-selling album in the UK that year and led to worldwide attention. It spawned the successful single “Mercy”. In 2009, Duffy received the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Rockferry, one of three nominations, and won three out of four Brit Awards nominations, for British Breakthrough, Best British Female and Best British Album.

Mercy was produced and co-written by Steve Booker, the song is allegedly autobiographical, it’s about “sexual liberty” and “not doing something somebody else wants you to do”. Just a few months after the song’s release it was a staple on VH1 and had been featured in the season finale of the American television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy as well as being on the soundtrack album for Sex and the City: The Movie.

In 2010, Duffy made her acting debut in the film Patagonia and released her second studio album Endlessly to moderate success. In February 2011, Duffy announced an indefinite hiatus from music. She briefly returned in 2015, appearing in the film Legend and contributing three songs to its soundtrack, but has yet to make a full return to music. In 2020, she explained her long term absence from the music industry, saying she had been abducted and raped.

Lyrics: Mercy

Hit the beat
And take it to the verse, now
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I love you
But I gotta stay true
My morals got me on my knees
I’m begging, please, stop playing games
I don’t know what this is
‘Cause you got me good
Just like you knew you would
I don’t know what you do
But you do it well
I’m under your spell
You got me begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Why won’t you release me? (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
You got me begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Why won’t you release me? (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
I said release me (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Now you think that I
Will be something on the side
But you got to understand
That I need a man
Who can take my hand, yes I do
I don’t know what this is
‘Cause you got me good
Just like you knew you would
I don’t know what you do
But you do it well
I’m under your spell
You got me begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Why won’t you release me? (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
You got me begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Why won’t you release me? (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
I said you’d better release (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m begging you for mercy
You look at me and think we’re the same kind
‘Cause you don’t know what I got and
Yes, why won’t you release me?
I’m gonna get more than I’m asking for
But I just don’t want to waste my time
I’m begging you for mercy
You know that I’ll be the other girl
Just like there’s nothing in this world
You got me begging
I know that I’m gonna get me some
I just don’t know where to get it from
You got me begging
You got me begging
Mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Why won’t you release me? (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’m begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Why won’t you release me? (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
You got me begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’m begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’m begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’m begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’m begging you for mercy (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Why won’t you release me, yeah! yeah!
Break it down
Mercy, begging you for mercy
You got me begging
Down on my knees
You got me begging
Begging you for mercy
You got me begging
Eeeeh, eeeeh
Eeeh, oooh
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Booker Stephen Andrew / Duffy Aimee Ann
Mercy lyrics © Reservoir Media Music, Warner-tamerlane Publishing Corp., Emi April Music Inc., Emi Blackwood Music Inc., Sony/atv Songs Llc, Tenyor Music, Back 2 Da Future Music, Ye World Music, Cake Records Ltd., Papa George Music, Neighborhood Pusha Publishing, Rlfg Music, Downtown Dmp Songs, Twilite Tone Music, Westbury Music Limited, Emi Music Publishing Ltd, Bmg Vm Music Ltd, Please Gimme My Publishing Inc

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

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