"Mother of Mercy" as written by Stephen Percy Harris and Adrian Frederick Smith....
Sitting, waiting in the falling rain.
Getting ready to begin again.
Wounded, lying, crying bodies moving, dying.
All around there is the smell of death and fire.
Hear, the planes are coming.
Hear the soldiers running.
Killing on a scale to comprehend.

Why are we here in this place, here to kill?
Please, God, forgive us for what we have done.

I always thought I was doing right.
As of now, I'm not feeling so sure.
I'm at a place of wear, I give no grace.
I'm a soldier of war.

I sit waiting for my darkest hour to come.
I cannot think of about the things that I have done.
It shouldn't take a fool to see that I believe.
Accept the consequence, repent for what I've done.

You tell me what is certain but I'll tell you what is true.
You tell me what is honesty when all around is death and cruelty.
I'm making out, my mind is vile, I'm giving in to our desires.
Within the truth that lies within the only thing.

Mother of mercy, angel of death, desire.
Mother of mercy taking my last breath, the fire.
Mother of mercy, angel of pain.
Mother of mercy taking my last breath.

Some say you are a lost cause, some say you're a saint.
Just being here's tonight, just suffering and restraint.
Walked down a long dark road to ruin, panic not.
I'll die a lonely death of that I'm certain of.

Rivers flow with blood, there's nowhere left to hide.
It's hard to comprehend there's anyone left alive.
Sick of all that killing and the weak of death.
Well, God, tell me what religion is to man.

I don't hold with bad religion, understand what's underneath it.
Now I've come to think of it, I just don't hold out, all you know it.
You say you are a holy man but what is it you do.
Of where I stand there's nothing, but a hollow man I see.

Mother of mercy, angel of death, desire.
Mother of mercy taking my last breath, the fire.
Mother of mercy, angel of pain.
Mother of mercy taking my last breath.

Mother of mercy, angel of death, desire.
Mother of mercy taking my last breath, the fire.
Mother of mercy, angel of pain.
Mother of mercy, drawing my last breath.

I'm just a lonely soldier fighting in a bloody hopeless war.
Don't know what I'm fighting, who it is, or what I'm fighting for.
Thought it was for money, made my fortune, now I'm not so sure.
Seemed to just have lost my way.


Lyrics submitted by star tripper, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Mother of Mercy" as written by Stephen Percy Harris Adrian Frederick Smith

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Mother of Mercy song meanings
Add your thoughts

7 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General Commentok, i think this song is about a solider, who went to war thinking that the cause was right, but after the war he repents, realizing that the war was not actually fought for the porpose that it was sopposed to be for. then, at the end, it shows that this same thing has happend for diffrent reasons but the effect is always the same. great song.
    sven1010on October 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi think this song is about a solider that does not know why he joined the army (don't know what time period) and doesn't want to fight anymore and is praying to the mother mercy to let him live.
    that is my interpretation anyway
    salyer9867on August 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally? My interpretation was that it's a soldier that's dying and praying to the mother mercy to let him go to heaven, to forgive him for his military sins and to spare him from Hell's flames.
    star tripperon August 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the solider has in an aftermath of the battle realised that none of this desttruction makes sense and is taking his own life because after his realisation he can't live with himself any more. Thus the "Taking my last breath, of fire" part. His last breath is a bullet.
    Krad23on August 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI might be about the Iraq war. It took me a while to figure it out because Maiden wrote it from an independent standpoint and I'm used to hearing the American bias.

    You say you are a holy man, but what is it you do
    From where I stand is nothing but a hollow man I see

    ...is sort of what gave it away because us and the Taliban are both doing what we think is right, but from outside the conflict (in the UK) it seems like we're just "fighting in a bloody, hopeless war."
    deathbeans9on September 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, They could've easily added the word 'again' to the last line of the chorus so it would rhyme and still flow well. The rest of the album, including this song, kicks ass.
    deathbeans9on September 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its a guy fighting in an ideological war (maybe a crusade) but he joined for money hear me out

    "Will god tell me what religion is to man
    I don't hold with bad religion understand what's underneath it
    Now I come to think of it, I just don't hold at all you know it
    You say you are a holy man, but what is it you do
    From where I stand is nothing but a hollow man I see"

    He followed the religious leaders into the war but isnt that much of a believer, well like a typical person believes in some sort god but isnt a fanatical supporter of the religion and so can see that the religion and its 'holy man' lacks substance

    "I'm just a lonely soldier fighting in a bloody hopeless war
    Don't know what I'm fighting, who it is, or what I'm fighting for
    Thought it was for money, make my fortune, now I'm not so sure
    Seem to just have lost my way "

    He originally went for money and probably heard it was a righteous cause anyway. Now he has realised the horror he's helped unleash and regrets it big time.

    It throws you a bit because it isnt about any given side or conflict it could apply to any ideological war, you always get guys fighting that dont really believe in the cause just after fortune.
    EdSmithon September 21, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain