Lyric For The Day 5.6.11 from Questions by Mike Scott
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Lyric For The Day 6.6.11 from Mercy Now by Mary Gauthier

Mercy Now

“My church and my country could use a little mercy now
 
As they sink into a poisoned pit
That's going to take forever to climb out
They carry the weight of the faithful
Who follow them down
I love my church and country, and they could use some mercy now

Every living thing could use a little mercy now
Only the hand of grace can end the race
Towards another mushroom cloud
People in power, well
They'll do anything to keep their crown
I love life, and life itself could use some mercy now

Yeah, we all could use a little mercy now
I know we don't deserve it
But we need it anyhow
We hang in the balance
Dangle 'tween hell and hallowed ground
Every single one of us could use some mercy now
Every single one of us could use some mercy now
Every single one of us could use some mercy now”

-      Mercy Now by Mary Gauthier

I heard this song last night on a TV programme called Case Histories. I had no idea who the song was by but a quick Google and I was admiring the work of Mary Gauthier again. What an amazing song. Gauthier was orphaned as a child and adopted by Italian Catholics and that religious influence breaks into her work here. The need for everyone of this mercy and the fact that this transcendent mercy in a hand of grace is humankind’s only hope makes this a prayer for Church on Sunday; a Church that Gauthier claims to love but also be aware of her precarious place.   

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