"Strange Mercy" as written by and Anne Erin Clark....
Oh little one I know you've been tired for a long, long time
And oh little one I ain't been around for a little while
But when you see me, wait

Oh little one your Hemingway jawline looks just like his
Our father in exile
For God only knows how many years
But when you see him, wait
Through double pain
I'll be with you lost boys
Sneaking out where the shivers won't find you

Oh little one I'd tell you good news that I don't believe
If it would help you sleep
Strange mercy

If I ever meet the dirty policeman who roughed you up
No I, I don't know what
If I ever meet the dirty policeman who roughed you up

I'll be with you lost boys
Sneaking out where the shivers won't find you


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"Strange Mercy" as written by Anne Erin Clark

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  • +4
    General CommentI think she's singing "wave," but I'm not sure. It makes more sense to me: "wave through double pane."
    Absydionon September 20, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about someone talking to their child in prison. I really like the fact that live she says that dirty police man that fucked you up.
    Eggos=yumon October 21, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnd it's certainly "pane" and not "pain." It's through a window, as the father in the song is presumably in prison.
    Absydionon September 20, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't know why, but that instrumental part after 1 minute 40 seconds makes me nostalgic. Don't get me wrong, I love it, I just feel sad when I hear it...
    siliconyodaon December 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is an amazing song.
    Igorismon September 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDo it. Just do it. Big f-ing deal. Tired of threats...that's what this song is realmy about. Take it all so your little boat will float. You got the power. Woot. Woot.
    Pleasemoveawayon December 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song speaks to me on so many different levels......
    desertdreamon January 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think she's playing the role, not necessarily of a mother, but certainly of a guardian of some sort, and i'm tying it the context of some kind of imprisoned activist - the reference to police brutality, the hemingway jawline...

    so, ultimately, i think it's a song of solidarity.
    dgkfhjlffjfjhlfhjaon February 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm, I always thought it was "I'll follow in exile
    For God only knows how many years" or "I followed in exile
    For God only knows how many years
    o.o

    And I am also pretty sure it is "I'll be with you lost boy,
    Sneaking out where the shivers won't find you"
    The S sound you here at the end of boy is her starting to say sneaking. She is clearly only talking to one person. She states "you" and "your" many times.
    Beffybootson April 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is being sung to a younger sibling who's father is in jail and Annie is playing the role of the older sister who's comforting the child by telling him/her things she doesn't believe. Strange mercy
    rainahm5on April 23, 2015   Link

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