Whoa, ah, mercy, mercy me
Oh things ain't what they used to be, no no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east (Father)

Whoa mercy, mercy me (oh mercy)
Oh things ain't what they used to be, no, no (mercy Father)
Oil wasted on the oceans and upon our seas, fish full of mercury

Ah, oh mercy, mercy me
Ah, things ain't what they used to be, no, no (help us, Father)
Radiation underground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying (help us, help us, Father)

Oh mercy, mercy me (mercy Father, please help us)
Oh things ain't what they used to be (mercy Father)
What about this overcrowded land (oh, have mercy Father)
How much more abuse from man can she stand? Ooh

Oh, no, no, no, nah, nah, nah (Ooh-ooh my sweet Lord)
My sweet Lord, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah (my, my sweet Lord)
My, my Lord, my sweet Lord, ooh-ooh (help us Father, please help us)

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Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) Lyrics as written by Marvin Gaye

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  • +2
    General CommentThe reason for the few comments on Marvin Gaye's songs must be that they take away our words, 'cause it's pure feeling! God I love this song and so many other tracks from "what's going on"!!!
    victorgladiumon August 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWell, this song is about the balance of nature being upset by the activities of mankind. Glorifieddg79 states that the world isn't over populated and in a sense, that is correct. But the concentration of population in areas conducive to it is overpopulation.

    This overpopulation, because of mankind's activities, is spreading into areas that were previously not as populated. This is adversely affecting all kinds of flora and fauna. Mankind is the most(?) intelligent life form on the planet but because selfishness and greed are in control, the world is in a downward spiral (which mankind eventually won't be able to reverse).

    When I was (much) younger, I saw one of those back to school folder type items with the cool pictures on it. Well, this particular one had a picture of a skeleton driving a bulldozer. Behind the bulldozer was nothing but pavement and highway. In front of the bulldozer there were trees, deer, wolves and birds all being pushed out of the way.

    The song, mercy, mercy me is a warning, to us, about direction that we are headiing in. Mother Earth is forgiving but for how much longer? The sad part is that this song (the album that it is on) is over thirty-five years old (having been cut in 1971). Will we ever learn????
    solosojourneron September 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEvery single word is still relevant 40 years on...
    donexileon September 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt means Gaudior Night Finale 2002.
    USAngel20on May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am surprised at the lack of comments about this beautiful, meaningful song. How can one not comment on this? Anyway, this song is about how Man is destroying Earth, their one and only home.
    the_masked_magicianon November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentright dude

    you can hear it too. How the song changes into something sad...
    paffyon April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAhh Marvin Gaye, the sensitive thug

    I agree with the masked magician, shocked to find such few comments.
    smashingbazilon March 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. off of probably my favorite marvin gaye album.
    Kashmir330on June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNobody knows about this song? A true classic from one of the greatest albums of all time.
    ilikestuffandyouon July 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment..also gorgeous performed by the strokes with eddie vedder & josh homme!
    goddamnfruiton June 26, 2008   Link

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