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April 11, 2006

Everybody's Crying Mercy Culture

Mose Allison's Everybody's Crying Mercy just came up on my iPod. I posted the lyrics once before, but it's worth doing again. Written over 35 years ago, but it could have been yesterday:

I can't believe the things I'm seein'
I wonder 'bout some things I've heard
Everybody's crying mercy
When they don't know the meaning of the word

A bad enough situation
Is sure enough getting worse
Everybody's crying justice
Just as long as there's business first

Toe to toe, touch and go
Give a cheer, get your souvenir

People running round in circles
Don't know what they're headed for
Everybody's crying peace on earth
Just as soon as we win this war

Straight ahead, knock em dead
Pack your kit, choose your hypocrite

You don't have to go to off-Broadway
To see something plain absurd
Everybody's crying mercy
When they don't know the meaning of the word

Nobody knows the meaning of the word

Everybody's crying justice — just as long as there's business first.

Everybody's crying peace on earth — just as soon as we win this war.

Posted by Jonathan at April 11, 2006 02:45 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb

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