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Marvin Gaye — Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Album: What's Going On
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Released: 1971
Length: 2:26
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Whoa, oh, 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

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

Oh, oh, mercy, mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be, no, no
Radiation underground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying

Oh, mercy, mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land?
How much more abuse from man can she stand?

Oh, no, no, no
My sweet Lord
No, no, no, no, no
My, my, my Lord
My sweet Lord
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A tear-inducing classic.  So question: what the f*** is it about the race of brilliant human morons that 48 YEARS later we're still having the same freaking conversation? 
Only 7 from me
 cherylg4 wrote:
"fish full of mercury" Damn, I thought that was a recent problem.
 
Heh, recent is a relative term.

"Minamata disease was first discovered in Minamata city in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. "

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamata_disease
I just realized Bill doesn't have You're All I Need on the playlist! One of my favorites!
Yes - Thanks Bill for letting it play to the end! Amazing song, esp in only 2:26! 
This song deserves an 11.
Shame about the "pock" reverb on the snare. Can't unnotice it.
Can I rate it a 10 again?!
marvin almost completely went by me when he was alive when it seemed we listened to a lot of english or southern lads singing the blues or playing metal. he was a true maestro. trouble man is a masterpiece. so much music . . .
Another prophetic song from the past that is relevant today, {#Frustrated}
 Ulises wrote:
 Stratocaster wrote:
The 10 people ...
 
colt4x5 wrote:
... on a tour of the world.
 
Or maybe the problem is the tyranny of the majority.
 
Nothing else tastes like an onion.
 Stratocaster wrote:
The 10 people who rated this a "1" should never be allowed out of the house.  Ever.

 
colt4x5 wrote:

Maybe that's the issue. Maybe we should take them on a tour of the world.

 
Or maybe the problem is the tyranny of the majority.
 LizK wrote:


Thank you.  I never heard the proper end to this song.  It is, as you noted, haunting.  And thank you to BillG, for fixing it so the song could be heard in its entirety.  {#Jump}

 
😊
oohhh now I'm dancing a few inches above the floor{#Bounce}
 olivertwist wrote:

Great song, but this is a shortened version that cuts out the haunting keyboards at the end. Please play the entire song!



 

Thank you.  I never heard the proper end to this song.  It is, as you noted, haunting.  And thank you to BillG, for fixing it so the song could be heard in its entirety.  {#Jump}
Timeless music.  Unfortunately, so are the lyrics...

I''m so glad Marvin was able to do what he wanted.  His talent got him to a place where he didn't have to toe the line w/ the record exec's and they let him take a chance.  And people bought it.  40 yrs later it is still relevant.  not to mention awesome. 
 Djoy wrote:
All time fave - Marvin sends me.  One of the great albums.
You are on quite a roll & here we go Rolling
 

 
Yes.
I used to sit in front of my record player, playing one side through, playing the other side through, thinking, "So *this* is what is possible. I get it now." 


 Stratocaster wrote:
The 10 people who rated this a "1" should never be allowed out of the house.  Ever.

 
Maybe that's the issue. Maybe we should take them on a tour of the world.
Still relevant and still class.
A 10 for me.  Don't understand those low votes.
Sometimes I ignore the words and just listen to the sweet voice. 

Gone too young.
 
Me likey like.
But not the outro, but hey, Bill very smoothly merged into 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' by Rolling Stones
So I figured that....
{#Clap} 
All time fave - Marvin sends me.  One of the great albums.
You are on quite a roll & here we go Rolling
 
 gigio wrote:
Mercy... but this is good enough to make revisit my past... good memories!

 
Good memories indeed!
Brilliant artist, Mr. Gaye   fabulous song   even the album's cover photo stirs my emotions    Peace
Mercy... but this is good enough to make revisit my past... good memories!
 aaronm wrote:
Oh, so that's what it would sound like if you surgically removed all the melodic effort from "What's Going On".

(EDIT: I didn't really care for the song, as my comment would suggest, but I didn't mean to come off like quite that much an a-hole.)

 
There is a very distinctive and beautiful melody to this song, but apparently, you know more about melody and songwriting than Marvin Gaye did.
Oh, so that's what it would sound like if you surgically removed all the melodic effort from "What's Going On".

(EDIT: I didn't really care for the song, as my comment would suggest, but I didn't mean to come off like quite that much an a-hole.)
The 10 people who rated this a "1" should never be allowed out of the house.  Ever.
Zzzzzzzzzz..........not in the mood for this, i guess.....psd,,,
 BillG wrote:

Fixed.  Thanks for the reminder.

 

Thanks, Bill!
 olivertwist wrote:

Great song, but this is a shortened version that cuts out the haunting keyboards at the end. Blasphemy - we need to hear the entire song!

 
Fixed.  Thanks for the reminder.
Love the echoing percussion, but it reminds me of the depth-sounding noise in submarines from 60s-era movies and/or "Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea." 

Jesus wept, Bill: that was an absolutely butchered segue into "You Can't Always Get What You Want." Normally you're a genius at this kind of thing, though.   

Great song, but this is a shortened version that cuts out the haunting keyboards at the end. Please play the entire song!


 MiracleDrug wrote:
everybody in EVERY room loves this song...
 

Everybody in my church loves this song...

 
 jimmpypowder wrote:
Good lord what a talent!

If only most singers could sing with this passion!
 
You got  that right, jimmpy.  He died way too young, right at the peak of his career.
I never appreciated this song when it came out, but now I can relate.  Mercy, mercy.
 AliGator wrote:
Looks like BillG hasn't read the comments about the bad segue to Grant-Lee Phillips. *sigh*
 
In Bill's defense: any song would sound bad after the perfection that is Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Very, very nice !
 Stratocaster wrote:
Godlike.
 
Yep.


Good lord what a talent!

If only most singers could sing with this passion!
 On Jan 24, 2010, AliGator wrote:
Looks like BillG hasn't read the comments about the bad segue to Grant-Lee Phillips. *sigh*
 
Aaaaand two years later nothing has changed. 

Godlike.
Damn.
 romeotuma wrote:

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 

everybody in EVERY room loves this song...
*classic*

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 cc_rider wrote:
Something about this song makes me well up a little bit. Every single time. Damn.
 
gee, I wonder what it could be.


This song is soooo good for the heart...

 
As relevant today as it was "in the day."
 dmax wrote:

Oh, my yes.

That whole song cycle that this is part of is so incredibly brilliant. It's more than a single pop song. Much more.

 
Roger that.  There's a flow to that album you just gotta hear all the way through.

 Propayne wrote:
Brilliant. But skip the "best of" and get "What's Going On". Actually, everyone should already have that in there collections.
 
Oh, my yes.

That whole song cycle that this is part of is so incredibly brilliant. It's more than a single pop song. Much more.

May 21 will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the album that held this song, "What's Going On." 

 AliGator wrote:
Looks like BillG hasn't read the comments about the bad segue to Grant-Lee Phillips. *sigh*
 
+1 ;)

Timeless!
So far ahead of his time and his people.  A prophetic song.  And beautiful to boot.

Obama is just getting on message with the ecology some 40 years later...
 ckcotton wrote:
Just AWESOME...
 


I agree...  love it...

 
Just AWESOME...
Love this man! Great stuff...such a shame he's no longer available to create ear candy like this anymore!
Something about this song makes me well up a little bit. Every single time. Damn.
classic coolness!
Yes, it is hard not to like this one!{#Cheers}
 AliGator wrote:
Looks like BillG hasn't read the comments about the bad segue to Grant-Lee Phillips. *sigh*
 
+1



incredible...


 david1045 wrote:

It's a perfect song.


 


Yes... indeed...



 Propayne wrote:
Brilliant. But skip the "best of" and get "What's Going On". Actually, everyone should already have that in there collections.
 
Absolutely!
https://www.brixpicks.com/uploads/media/2009/04_20-04_26/whatsgoingon.jpg
I work hard for a living but this darn single click on my computer takes my brain to an easy spot and I just don't have to thinks so darn much... is that Grant?

It's a perfect song.


Brilliant. But skip the "best of" and get "What's Going On". Actually, everyone should already have that in there collections.
One of the greatest songs ever made.
Looks like BillG hasn't read the comments about the bad segue to Grant-Lee Phillips. *sigh*
This is a twelve.
 MM13 wrote:

What a beautiful, beautiful story... Goes to show what a true hero Stevie Wonder is. Thomas Dolby just went up a few knotches in my admiration as well, for telling it so heartfelt.

 
seconded, thank you for that...not something I might have ordinarily sought out, but you had such a great review I couldn't resist :)

...oh...and DAMN if Marvin didn't NAIL it :)  ...sent shivers up my spine


at the time this was playing ( came out) it was not that good to me

 with time it Marvin just seemed to get better and better
  it's  just sweet

 but that was really a short version

Marvin was way ahead of the curve here. = => 10.


This song is soooo good for the ears...


 sirrus wrote:

I couldn't find anything about it with a brief Google search, but I did turn up this gem:

Stevie and Marvin

I really do love the internet sometimes...

 
What a beautiful, beautiful story... Goes to show what a true hero Stevie Wonder is. Thomas Dolby just went up a few knotches in my admiration as well, for telling it so heartfelt.

One of the ALL-TIME GREATS - both Song & (most of all) Artist


profound...


 preineil wrote:
Can someone confirm a story I'd heard about Stevie and Marvin?
Stevie was receiving some music award and upon taking the stage, invited Marvin up, and reminded the judges about Marvin's two recent songs: Mercy Mercy Me and What's Going On. He told the judges that Marvin deserved the award more than he and walked off stage, leaving his award with a slack jawed Marvin. ?? Gotta love Marvin at his best.
 
I couldn't find anything about it with a brief Google search, but I did turn up this gem:

Stevie and Marvin

I really do love the internet sometimes...



fantastic song...


The Ecology! Perfect song for MAY DAY! {#Mrgreen}
 kaybee wrote:
A 7 as it stands and it'll get an 8 or a 9 as soon as it is played in full as it's meant to be. {#Naughty}
 

Is the song rating intended to be for Radio Paradise or the song?


seminal song...  love it...


Divine.
 velvetglove wrote:
Cutting off Marvin Gaye in favor of Grant-Lee Phillips. For shame.
 
This hasn't been fixed yet.  Very BAD!  {#Razz} (The cut-off and poor segue, I mean, NOT the song!!!!)

A GREAT Marvin Gaye tribute album to anyone interested: Inner City Blues: The Music of Marvin Gaye

 

Marvin Gaye Mercy Mercy me (the Ecology) Lyrics:
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
No, no
Where did all the blue sky go?
Poison is the wind that blows
From the north,and south, and east
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
No, no
Oil wasted on the oceans
and upon our seas
Fish full of mercury
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
No, no
Radiation under ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who
live nearby are dying
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from
man can she stand?
My sweet Lord
My sweet Lord
My sweet Lord
Lyrics: Mercy Mercy me (the Ecology), Marvin Gaye


Totally strong, how can you sing so sweet, and be so strong? God the concerts you and your fellas must be giving in Heaven!!! Gone way too soon..... RIP, my brother


A 7 as it stands and it'll get an 8 or a 9 as soon as it is played in full as it's meant to be. {#Naughty}
Sheer, timeless bliss!
This song always reminds me of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. That beat in the background kind of sounds like the sonar bong you always heard.

I'm not complaining! This song is excellent and got a 9 outa me! 
And I'll add my voice to the others below. :arrowd: That was a crappy segue. Does someone need to upload the entire song, or what?
spumoni wrote:
Marvin Gaye? :think:
Marvin Gaye. :yes:
Marvin Gaye? :think:
Can someone confirm a story I'd heard about Stevie and Marvin? Stevie was receiving some music award and upon taking the stage, invited Marvin up, and reminded the judges about Marvin's two recent songs: Mercy Mercy Me and What's Going On. He told the judges that Marvin deserved the award more than he and walked off stage, leaving his award with a slack jawed Marvin. ?? Gotta love Marvin at his best.
Yes, outstanding!
maninblack wrote:
for those of us who have already heard this 1000 times, once a year would do it please.
I hated this song when I was growing up. Was going to rate it, but don't really know how to rate it - either a '1' or something much further up the scale. It's hard to decide. So I leave it unrated for now.
So far ahead of his time...
Cutting off Marvin Gaye in favor of Grant-Lee Phillips. For shame. :naughty:
Ahh nothing like great sax. But Bill, you left out the 'Star Trek' sounding vocals right at the end. Cmn fix it!
What a voice! What precient lyrics.
coding_to_music wrote:
dancers back on top!! NO - tell me Marvin wasn't just cut off for this whiner - yuck!!!!
I like the "submarine sonar pings" in the background. Yeah, I know, now you can't help but hear them. :lol:
Apparently Bill hasn't read all the comment about cutting off Marvin Gaye -- sigh!
bigB_3 wrote:
Six "1" votes? :rolleyes:
Makes you wonder if they just don't like the song (poor, poor people) or object to the message (wingnuts).
Cruithne3753 wrote:
Oh mercy mercy me, R&B ain't what it used to be, Clunky beats replacing soulful grooves, Just what are these jerks just trying to prove?
:golf clap:
for all those who didn't grow up hearing this over and over - here it is in all its glory! for those of us who have already heard this 1000 times, once a year would do it please. OMG, Bill, did you really cut this song off? inappropriate dude.
Oh man, the early fade-out is truly appalling. I expect better from RP.
Oh mercy mercy me, R&B ain't what it used to be, Clunky beats replacing soulful grooves, Just what are these jerks just trying to prove?
meydele wrote:
Marvin wrote it himself. I hope he got more than $10.
Marvin was a signed Motown headliner. And of course he got all his legally entitled royalties. I was refering to the studio musicians who I thought got paid a flat rate of $10 per song. It looks like it was more like $7. 50. I've always been overly optimistic. (click here)
Six "1" votes? :rolleyes:
bokey wrote:
I was thinking about this today. I gotta give it a 9. Got the Motown studio boys cranking it out for their $10 a song.
Marvin wrote it himself. I hope he got more than $10.
10! 10! 10! 10!
The saddest thing about this song is how timely it is. While there have been huge strides forward since Mr. Gaye wrote his lament, we've gone backwards in other ways. God Bless Marvin Gaye. Dang Bill, you cut it off again! Gotta fix this set... Peace Y'all, c.
OldFrenchie wrote:
What kind of puss festering troll would rate this beauty a 1?
Indeed. But good to know that most people are with us in the 10 column
Yes it's classic, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
What kind of puss festering troll would rate this beauty a 1?
He's all dat and a dose a cow-bell! :devil_pimp:
Bill, IMHO, sacrificing this tune to a segue just ain't right. Absolutely demands full play. The best parts are deep into the song. ty p.s. your selections and play lists are still miles beyond all I've ever heard.