Little Mercy

from Lucky One by Alex McMurray



An imagined street scene. The narrator wishes he were omniscient. Don't we all? A bit nosy perhaps. We all need a little mercy sometimes. Do we all deserve it? That's a different story.


down on the corner i hear them talk that game
but their voices go soft whenever they speak your name
i’ve known you all your life and now you’re almost grown
you used to sit and stare over there in the street all alone
so tell me why’d you do it? let me know your mind cuz we
all need a little mercy sometimes

up at my window you can hear all the lies
and the laughter and the longing and the lovers’ cries
from up here i see it all and it goes down every day
the shapes and the shadows ducking down the alleyway
why’d you do it? please look me in the eye cuz we
all need a little mercy sometimes

a little mercy—feels like rain
a little mercy—make you whole again
a little mercy—might be the light to bring you home

The sound that the ladies make when they know their boys are gone
the faces always change and become a mask they put on
now that you’ll have to run may your road run straight and true
and one day you find nothing’s coming after you
so tell me why’d you do it? let me know your mind cuz we
all need a little mercy sometimes


from Lucky One, released February 11, 2020
Mike Dillon-percussion
Washboard Chaz Leary-washboard
Carlo Nuccio-drums
Jason Jurzak-bass
Joe Cabral-vocals
Glenn Hartman-accordion
Recorded and mixed by Mike Napolitano at the Nappy Dugout
Mastered by Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering, Carrboro, NC
Photo by AM, design by Kourtney Keller


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