if Mercy is Vanilla I don't know what OSC is love ya Droo
One Step Closer at least has great lyrics, as opposed to the meandering and pointless Mercy. Not since Elvis Presley & America has Bono used so many words to say nothing.
I like One Step Closer but I think Mercy is possibly the best song they've done since Achtung Baby and to say Bono is saying nothing in it probably means you haven't given it much of a chance.
Mercy to me is one of Bono's most spiritual lyrics.
This is my interpretation:
The person starts disillusioned with God/religion and has a conversation with Jesus.
"You wanted violins and you got Nero" is a brilliant line. It's basically the subject saying to Jesus you wanted everything to be good (the violins) but look what you got (Nero was the emporer when Rome burned. The burning indicates war, death, etc). He's basically pi**ed at the world and at God and is letting Jesus know how he feels.
You can then look at this as a conversation:
Jesus: You're gravity searching for the ground, You're silence searching for a sound ,Your heart is aching, your heart is my home
Person: It's fascinating, I know Ill never be alone
Jesus: If you hunger, baby let me feed it, If your heart is full, baby let me bleed it, And happiness is for those who don't really need it
Person: You love me too much, You always love me too much
Jesus: Love has got to be with the weak ,Only then love gets a chance to speak, Love will come again, I'll be gone again
Person: I, I can't escape myself, I'll hear you talk,
Jesus: Fear nothing
Person: I fear nothing
Jesus: Love is the end of history, The enemy of misery, Love is come again, I am gone again, Love is justice, not charity
Love brings with it a clarity, Love is come again
Person: I'm alive again, Alive, I am alive, Baby, I'm born again
The line that is confusing is the "i'll be gone again", but what I think that means is that Jesus is saying he will come in times of need but we need to step up and help each other also.
Mercy is like many U2 songs in that it can be interpreted in many ways, but I hardly think Mercy is pointless or Bono "using many words to say nothing."