looking down on empty streets, all she can see
are the dreams all made solid
are the dreams all made real
all of the buildings, all of those cars
were once just a dream
in somebody's head
she pictures the broken glass, she pictures the steam
she pictures a soul
with no leak at the seam
lets take the boat out
wait until darkness
let's take the boat out
wait until darkness comes
nowhere in the corridors of pale green and grey
nowhere in the suburbs
in the cold light of day
there in the midst of it
so alive and alone
words support like bone

dreaming of mercy street
wear your inside out
dreaming of mercy
in your daddy's arms again
dreaming of mercy street
i swear they moved that sign
dreaming of mercy
in your daddy's arms

pulling out the papers from the drawers that slide smooth
tugging at the darkness,
word upon word
confessing all the secret things in the warm velvet box
to the priest, he's the doctor,
he can handle all the shocks
dreaming of the tenderness,
the tremble in the hips
of kissing Mary's lips

dreaming of mercy street
wear your insides out
dreaming of mercy
in your daddy's arms again
dreaming of mercy street
i swear they moved that sign
looking for mercy
in your daddy's arms...


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Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel cover) song meanings
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    General CommentThis song (originally by Peter Gabriel) was written in memory of the poet Anne Sexton. Likely a reference to her poem 45 Mercy Street, which can be found: poemhunter.com/poem/45-mercy-street/
    agapeluston July 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a song about questioning one's potential and worth, while simultaneously searching for an escape from life's hardships.
    tyakon October 24, 2010   Link

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