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Leave me in chains
Strip me of shame
Caress me with pain
‘Cause I’m down on my knees and I’m begging you please as you say

Don’t cry, mercy
There’s too much pain to come
Don’t cry, mercy
M E R C Y

Fill me with rage
And bleed me dry

(M E R C Y)

And feed your hate
In the echo of silence I shiver each time that you say

(M E R C Y)

Don’t cry, mercy
There’s too much pain to come
Don’t cry, mercy
M E R C Y
M E R C Y
M E R C Y
M E R C Y
M E R C Y
M E R C Y

Don’t cry, mercy
There’s too much pain to come
Don’t cry, mercy
M E R C Y
M E R C Y



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Mercy song meanings
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    General CommentI get from this song the vibe that someone is torturing the one they love and it's causing both of them pain. There's some juxtaposition because the torturer is saying "mercy" which is something you'd expect the person being hurt to say. I think it's shown that the one being tortured is someone they love because of the line that says "caress me with pain". A caress is usually a motion done lovingly with tender and affection, but that word in this song seems oddly used since it's paired with pain. Like their form of love is painful to bear. And it's killing the person delivering that love, but they won't walk away despite the pain they're causing and the hatred it's building in their loved one. It seems like there might also be some unrequited love in here or at least a hate/love relationship; the one bearing the love is filled with "rage" at the other's 'loving' affections. The torturer/lover knows they're wrong to force their love on that person, but are unwilling to stop and yet hate to see that person cry because of them ("mercy don't cry there's too much pain to come"). It's a bit confusing at this part: "and feed your hate I shiver each time that you say mercy". It seems like these lines are from the POV of the torturer and that they're ok with their beloved's hatred towards them growing stronger. The "shiver" is probably from fear of the one they love (?). And then towards the end it seems like the person who hates the one who loves them is finally crying out "mercy", but I'm not sure.

    Somehow this kind of reminds me of the relationship between a slave and a master like Epps and Patsy from 12 Years a Slave. She hates him for because he owns her, rapes her, acts possessive of her. He also acts like he has feelings for her and doesn't want to hurt her yet hurting her seems necessary to him (that scene where he didn't want to whip her and so had Solomon do it).
    v8pluveron November 11, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song reminds me of the main character of The Scarlet Letter, who had mercy shown to her in terms of cruelty, hate and ostracization. You know how her shame was openly paraded around for morality's sake in the twisted sense of mercy. To me, it seems like any kind of oppression that for some reason is justified in the terms of some twisted, distorted sense of the word mercy and the victim comes to accept it, bows down to it and even comes to like it at times, thinking that what is being done to them is entirely justified. Yet, when they are tortured in the name of mercy, when people say we are punishing you for your own good and shaming you for your own good in the name of being merciful towards you, the victim cannot help but shiver, for the beautiful word of mercy is now synonymous with everything the person fears, hates and maybe at times loves.
    tanvira104on November 12, 2015   Link

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