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Title: Mercy
Post by: andrei on May 14, 2013, 05:38:55 AM
Easily one of my top 5 favourite songs but can it be purchased anywhere?? I don't believe so but figured I should check before attempting to convert a youtube video to mp3 with terrible sound.

Thanks  8)

Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: eddyjedi on May 14, 2013, 05:42:14 AM
it's on the unreleased and rare CD. Try and find a download of it. I might be wrong though, come to think of it....
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: _acrobat on May 14, 2013, 07:05:38 AM
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it's on the unreleased and rare CD. Try and find a download of it. I might be wrong though, come to think of it....
If you're talking about the fan club Meduim Rare and Remastered, it's not
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: jw on May 14, 2013, 08:41:05 AM
The only official release of Mercy is on the limited vinyl-only release, Wide Awake In Europe.  That track is not a studio version, but a live version from the 360 tour.   
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 14, 2013, 10:24:11 AM
There is good reason its not available anywhere in studio form. Its terrible.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: eddyjedi on May 14, 2013, 10:29:11 AM
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There is good reason its not available anywhere in studio form. Its terrible.

yeah right the original is immense. the new version is sh** though
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 14, 2013, 10:53:44 AM
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There is good reason its not available anywhere in studio form. Its terrible.

yeah right the original is immense. the new version is sh** though

No, its not.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: The Exile on May 14, 2013, 11:10:26 AM
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There is good reason its not available anywhere in studio form. Its terrible.

yeah right the original is immense. the new version is sh** though

No, its not.

Aww come on, Zoost. Let love put the blue back in your eye....
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: So Cruel on May 14, 2013, 11:23:27 AM
Mercy (studio version) is the best song they've done in the last decade
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: eddyjedi on May 14, 2013, 11:29:45 AM
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Mercy (studio version) is the best song they've done in the last decade

+1
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 14, 2013, 12:25:56 PM
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Mercy (studio version) is the best song they've done in the last decade

This worries me. It really does.

However, I'm glad the band themselves obviously agree with me.

Hence, no release.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Droo on May 14, 2013, 12:53:25 PM
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There is good reason its not available anywhere in studio form. Its terrible.

yeah right the original is immense. the new version is sh** though

No, its not.

It is immense in the sense that it is bloated.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: THRILLHO on May 14, 2013, 02:27:36 PM
As i've said before, if this had made it on to HTDAAB, it would be one of the lesser of the songs, ranked below MD imo. Not terrible, definitely not "epic"
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: spooked1oo on May 14, 2013, 02:35:46 PM
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Mercy (studio version) is the best song they've done in the last decade

Eh, I'm kind of digging that version of North Star on Transformers...
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: eddyjedi on May 14, 2013, 02:57:47 PM
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Mercy (studio version) is the best song they've done in the last decade

Eh, I'm kind of digging that version of North Star on Transformers...

Can you listen to it anywhere?
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: an tha on May 14, 2013, 04:14:15 PM
Mercy the studio version is simply very average - Mercy the live version is dreadful
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Johnny Feathers on May 14, 2013, 04:21:36 PM
After hearing all this talk about Mercy, which I hadn't heard before, I finally checked it out on YouTube.

Eh.  It's not terrible or anything, but it's basically City of Blinding Lights redux.  Or the other way around.  Not terrible, not great.  Another MOR 00's song with an uplifting chorus.  And I don't mean to say "uplifting = good".  Just a comment on its intent, rather.  It's certainly better than some songs on HTDAAB, but I can understand why it was left off, as COBL kind of makes it redundant.

I'm a little tired of songs about "love" in that vague, cosmic sense, which is basically another song singing about God.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: eddyjedi on May 14, 2013, 04:25:01 PM
I think it's the most U2 sounding song ever made, I don't know how people can dislike it, the live version is a shambles though. The new solo is goddamn awful, put the original back in!
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: an tha on May 14, 2013, 04:35:51 PM
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After hearing all this talk about Mercy, which I hadn't heard before, I finally checked it out on YouTube.

Eh.  It's not terrible or anything, but it's basically City of Blinding Lights redux.  Or the other way around.  Not terrible, not great.  Another MOR 00's song with an uplifting chorus.  And I don't mean to say "uplifting = good".  Just a comment on its intent, rather.  It's certainly better than some songs on HTDAAB, but I can understand why it was left off, as COBL kind of makes it redundant.

I'm a little tired of songs about "love" in that vague, cosmic sense, which is basically another song singing about God.

It is very typical of most of the bands output in the 2000's - safe, unadventurous, with at times cringeworthy lyrics

I really do hope that they can rediscover their edge, and some magic again, be brave enough to take risks and get some fire in their bellies again.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Johnny Feathers on May 14, 2013, 04:51:02 PM
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I think it's the most U2 sounding song ever made, I don't know how people can dislike it, the live version is a shambles though. The new solo is goddamn awful, put the original back in!

Yeah, I dunno--"the must U2 sounding song ever made" could just as well be a stand in for the word "generic".  I like lots of U2 songs, but not because they sound like each other.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: eddyjedi on May 14, 2013, 04:52:41 PM
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I think it's the most U2 sounding song ever made, I don't know how people can dislike it, the live version is a shambles though. The new solo is goddamn awful, put the original back in!

Yeah, I dunno--"the must U2 sounding song ever made" could just as well be a stand in for the word "generic".  I like lots of U2 songs, but not because they sound like each other.

It's a fine example of what the band represent musically, if you ask me.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Tumbling Dice on May 14, 2013, 05:10:34 PM
Winter is a far better song from the NLOTH period in the band's history than Mercy was from the Bomb period.

Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: andrei on May 16, 2013, 02:27:37 AM
Ah well thanks anyway guys, it's a real shame to see such a good song go to waste. I am of course talking about this version here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZSchL39m3A

The new (live) version I don't like as much. Youtube ripping it is then  :-[ hopefully they make this song available on itunes or something similar some day soon. The original version, that is.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: The Unknown Caller on May 16, 2013, 05:05:49 AM
Original version is bloated, clumsy and "meh". Newer version is sleeker, more enjoyable, not great but good.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: an tha on May 16, 2013, 06:06:54 AM
Hopefully it is absolutely no indication of the direction of the new album

Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: jacob on May 16, 2013, 08:46:07 AM
The studio version (the long one with the stream-of consciousness lyrics ) is fantastic. One of the very best of the 00ís indeed.
The live version (with the cheesy chorus)  is conventionalised and watered down, like much of the 00ís material.
Iím afraid there are two type of U2 fans: the Mercy-lovers and the ones who just donít get it (of whom i wonít read their posts no more)
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: JTBaby on May 16, 2013, 09:17:53 AM
Mercy would have been the best thing on HTDAAB.

That's not an endorsement of Mercy by the way.



Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Bads316 on May 16, 2013, 09:18:32 AM
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Mercy would have been the best thing on HTDAAB.

That's not an endorsement of Mercy by the way.





Yup
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Tumbling Dice on May 16, 2013, 09:26:58 AM
City of Blinding Lights is far better than Mercy.

Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Domenico of Lovetown on May 16, 2013, 09:30:48 AM
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Winter is a far better song from the NLOTH period in the band's history than Mercy was from the Bomb period.



Winter should have been on NLOTH.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Tumbling Dice on May 16, 2013, 09:32:16 AM
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Winter is a far better song from the NLOTH period in the band's history than Mercy was from the Bomb period.



Winter should have been on NLOTH.

It should but they went with White as Snow instead.

Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: THRILLHO on May 16, 2013, 12:26:25 PM
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City of Blinding Lights is far better than Mercy.

yup
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: striker on May 16, 2013, 01:27:24 PM
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After hearing all this talk about Mercy, which I hadn't heard before, I finally checked it out on YouTube.

Eh.  It's not terrible or anything, but it's basically City of Blinding Lights redux.  Or the other way around.  Not terrible, not great.  Another MOR 00's song with an uplifting chorus.  And I don't mean to say "uplifting = good".  Just a comment on its intent, rather.  It's certainly better than some songs on HTDAAB, but I can understand why it was left off, as COBL kind of makes it redundant.

I'm a little tired of songs about "love" in that vague, cosmic sense, which is basically another song singing about God.
I kinda like the song. I can see your point on it sounding too much like COBL though, and why the decision was made to put it aside.

COBL + Miracle Drug = Mercy   
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: JTBaby on May 16, 2013, 02:00:10 PM
Oh it's math time again !

Mercy > (cobl + md)

Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: THRILLHO on May 16, 2013, 02:48:01 PM
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After hearing all this talk about Mercy, which I hadn't heard before, I finally checked it out on YouTube.

Eh.  It's not terrible or anything, but it's basically City of Blinding Lights redux.  Or the other way around.  Not terrible, not great.  Another MOR 00's song with an uplifting chorus.  And I don't mean to say "uplifting = good".  Just a comment on its intent, rather.  It's certainly better than some songs on HTDAAB, but I can understand why it was left off, as COBL kind of makes it redundant.

I'm a little tired of songs about "love" in that vague, cosmic sense, which is basically another song singing about God.
I kinda like the song. I can see your point on it sounding too much like COBL though, and why the decision was made to put it aside.

COBL + Miracle Drug = Mercy

i think MD does the job for Mercy just fine, both would be redundant.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: eddyjedi on May 16, 2013, 05:40:17 PM
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Winter is a far better song from the NLOTH period in the band's history than Mercy was from the Bomb period.



Winter should have been on NLOTH.

Winter v1 has bongolese though, v2 would be fine, could have even been a single.

Mercy demo is way better than city of blinding lights.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Droo on May 17, 2013, 12:02:02 AM
One Step Closer > CoBL > Toxic > She Bangs > Mmmbop > Mercy
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: surit87 on May 17, 2013, 06:02:47 AM
Personally, it think its a good song... good for a listen once in a while. But nowhere close to being memorable.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: surit87 on May 17, 2013, 06:03:56 AM
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After hearing all this talk about Mercy, which I hadn't heard before, I finally checked it out on YouTube.

Eh.  It's not terrible or anything, but it's basically City of Blinding Lights redux.  Or the other way around.  Not terrible, not great.  Another MOR 00's song with an uplifting chorus.  And I don't mean to say "uplifting = good".  Just a comment on its intent, rather.  It's certainly better than some songs on HTDAAB, but I can understand why it was left off, as COBL kind of makes it redundant.

I'm a little tired of songs about "love" in that vague, cosmic sense, which is basically another song singing about God.

It is very typical of most of the bands output in the 2000's - safe, unadventurous, with at times cringeworthy lyrics

I really do hope that they can rediscover their edge, and some magic again, be brave enough to take risks and get some fire in their bellies again.

Well... the older you are - the more 'unadventurous' you get.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: DGordon1 on May 17, 2013, 06:50:06 AM
Mercy has the potential to be a great song, better than most of HTDAAB. The backlash against the song's only increased because there's a lot of people who love it a lot and so the hipster U2 fans rebel against it (hipster U2 fan is an oxymoron, but it's all relative!).
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: JTBaby on May 17, 2013, 06:56:22 AM
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Mercy has the potential to be a great song, better than most of HTDAAB. The backlash against the song's only increased because there's a lot of people who love it a lot and so the hipster U2 fans rebel against it (hipster U2 fan is an oxymoron, but it's all relative!).

more like "wannabe hipster" or "hipster-in-their-own-mind"



Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: ian ryan on May 19, 2013, 09:19:41 AM
The lyrics in the first verse are some of the best Bono has ever written. Ever. Here's my take on both versions of the song: http://www.atu2.com/news/like-a-song-mercy-1.html
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: BalconyTV on May 19, 2013, 12:53:27 PM
Mercy is solid profound work, which I find most of U2s music to be. Which is why I like them.

But I don't find it to be one of there best or anything like that. It would be middle to bottom tier.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: bethere on May 27, 2013, 03:10:16 PM
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After hearing all this talk about Mercy, which I hadn't heard before, I finally checked it out on YouTube.

Eh.  It's not terrible or anything, but it's basically City of Blinding Lights redux.  Or the other way around.  Not terrible, not great.  Another MOR 00's song with an uplifting chorus.  And I don't mean to say "uplifting = good".  Just a comment on its intent, rather.  It's certainly better than some songs on HTDAAB, but I can understand why it was left off, as COBL kind of makes it redundant.

I'm a little tired of songs about "love" in that vague, cosmic sense, which is basically another song singing about God.

           Well, nothing wrong with singing about God. I think its a magical song and was so intoxicated by it back in 2004 that I listened to nothing but that song over and over the first day I heard it. I consider it one of the greatest songs that U2 has ever recorded. Its #13 on my list of the top 20 U2 songs of all time.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: bethere on May 27, 2013, 03:14:15 PM
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As i've said before, if this had made it on to HTDAAB, it would be one of the lesser of the songs, ranked below MD imo. Not terrible, definitely not "epic"

                Miracle Drug is the 7th greatest song U2 have ever written and recorded. Definitely the greatest U2 song since the 1980s. Mercy is not far behind.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: bethere on May 27, 2013, 03:16:48 PM
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After hearing all this talk about Mercy, which I hadn't heard before, I finally checked it out on YouTube.

Eh.  It's not terrible or anything, but it's basically City of Blinding Lights redux.  Or the other way around.  Not terrible, not great.  Another MOR 00's song with an uplifting chorus.  And I don't mean to say "uplifting = good".  Just a comment on its intent, rather.  It's certainly better than some songs on HTDAAB, but I can understand why it was left off, as COBL kind of makes it redundant.

I'm a little tired of songs about "love" in that vague, cosmic sense, which is basically another song singing about God.

It is very typical of most of the bands output in the 2000's - safe, unadventurous, with at times cringeworthy lyrics

I really do hope that they can rediscover their edge, and some magic again, be brave enough to take risks and get some fire in their bellies again.

             To me, Mercy is a song with fire and edge. Its also joyful and optimistic which is the quintessential U2 sound!
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: eddyjedi on May 27, 2013, 03:34:07 PM
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As i've said before, if this had made it on to HTDAAB, it would be one of the lesser of the songs, ranked below MD imo. Not terrible, definitely not "epic"

                Miracle Drug is the 7th greatest song U2 have ever written and recorded. Definitely the greatest U2 song since the 1980s. Mercy is not far behind.

MD is immense. Beautiful Day is easily their best recording since achtung baby.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: Droo on May 27, 2013, 04:25:56 PM
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As i've said before, if this had made it on to HTDAAB, it would be one of the lesser of the songs, ranked below MD imo. Not terrible, definitely not "epic"

                Miracle Drug is the 7th greatest song U2 have ever written and recorded. Definitely the greatest U2 song since the 1980s. Mercy is not far behind.

hahahaha

Seriously, that's hysterical.

Play Miracle Drug for Achtung-era U2 and I'm pretty sure the band would be aghast at how riskless, soft rock radio and syrupy it is with all its talk of baby heads hearing songs when people smile.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: THRILLHO on May 27, 2013, 04:28:23 PM
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As i've said before, if this had made it on to HTDAAB, it would be one of the lesser of the songs, ranked below MD imo. Not terrible, definitely not "epic"

                Miracle Drug is the 7th greatest song U2 have ever written and recorded. Definitely the greatest U2 song since the 1980s. Mercy is not far behind.

hahahaha

Seriously, that's hysterical.

Play Miracle Drug for Achtung-era U2 and I'm pretty sure the band would be aghast at how riskless, soft rock radio and syrupy it is with all its talk of baby heads hearing songs when people smile.

+1
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: JTBaby on May 27, 2013, 04:29:46 PM
I think he means

"Miracle Drug is my 7th favorite U2 song"


Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: JTBaby on May 27, 2013, 04:31:02 PM
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As i've said before, if this had made it on to HTDAAB, it would be one of the lesser of the songs, ranked below MD imo. Not terrible, definitely not "epic"

                Miracle Drug is the 7th greatest song U2 have ever written and recorded. Definitely the greatest U2 song since the 1980s. Mercy is not far behind.

hahahaha

Seriously, that's hysterical.

Play Miracle Drug for Achtung-era U2 and I'm pretty sure the band would be aghast at how riskless, soft rock radio and syrupy it is with all its talk of baby heads hearing songs when people smile.

+1

+2

Md is terrible. Aside from the brutal lyrics that guitar solo is as "mailing it in" as there is.

Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: eddyjedi on May 27, 2013, 04:34:05 PM
I think it's a great tune, mature sounding it might be but they are a mature band! V uplifting to hear live too.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: THRILLHO on May 27, 2013, 04:40:46 PM
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As i've said before, if this had made it on to HTDAAB, it would be one of the lesser of the songs, ranked below MD imo. Not terrible, definitely not "epic"

                Miracle Drug is the 7th greatest song U2 have ever written and recorded. Definitely the greatest U2 song since the 1980s. Mercy is not far behind.

hahahaha

Seriously, that's hysterical.

Play Miracle Drug for Achtung-era U2 and I'm pretty sure the band would be aghast at how riskless, soft rock radio and syrupy it is with all its talk of baby heads hearing songs when people smile.

+1

+2

Md is terrible. Aside from the brutal lyrics that guitar solo is as "mailing it in" as there is.

Exactly. This was the first time I'd heard a U2 album track upon initial listen, and halfway through hated it and wanted to skip it. I really couldn't believe something that bland made it to the album.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: an tha on May 28, 2013, 05:20:21 PM
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As i've said before, if this had made it on to HTDAAB, it would be one of the lesser of the songs, ranked below MD imo. Not terrible, definitely not "epic"

                Miracle Drug is the 7th greatest song U2 have ever written and recorded. Definitely the greatest U2 song since the 1980s. Mercy is not far behind.

hahahaha

Seriously, that's hysterical.

Play Miracle Drug for Achtung-era U2 and I'm pretty sure the band would be aghast at how riskless, soft rock radio and syrupy it is with all its talk of baby heads hearing songs when people smile.

+1

+2

Md is terrible. Aside from the brutal lyrics that guitar solo is as "mailing it in" as there is.

Exactly. This was the first time I'd heard a U2 album track upon initial listen, and halfway through hated it and wanted to skip it. I really couldn't believe something that bland made it to the album.

The album contained Yahweh, a song so bland it makes Miracle Drug sound daring and revolutionary.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: JTBaby on May 28, 2013, 05:24:24 PM
The album contained A man and a woman, a song so bland it makes Yahweh sound.....
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: an tha on May 28, 2013, 05:25:59 PM
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The album contained A man and a woman. A song so bland it made Yahweh sound.....

Like rock and roll had been re-invented, with a new snarl, a huge shotgun and a f*ckin* pile of ammo!
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: bw on May 28, 2013, 06:38:47 PM
"Mercy" is the song that should have replaced "Miracle Drug" on HTDAAB.

I think it is a beautiful song, specifically the studio. It was a big disappointment the song also missed the cut for NLOTH. Ideally, I hope the boys come to their senses and find a place on the upcoming album.

The version used on tour was disjointed and forced, a real let down when it was revealed U2 were adding non-released material - a great idea - to their set lists.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: jc619er on May 30, 2013, 08:38:53 AM
Mercy is a fantastic song that I hope someday ends up on a B-sides release somewhere in a properly mixed fashion.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: OnlyU2 on June 04, 2013, 11:05:47 PM
Personally I prefer the live version over the studio version.  I find the added verse, "because because we can we must" gives the song that powerful uplift. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQC37h7yJDM
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: surit87 on June 04, 2013, 11:56:07 PM
MD isn't terrible... it's just not on par with U2's most successful songs. It's one of my personal favorites by the way.
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: MacJoost on June 05, 2013, 10:59:13 AM
on first listen I thought for sure md would become a single. i'm glad they chose other songs (except for aboy).
Title: Re: Mercy
Post by: tacoisahotburito on April 20, 2014, 02:59:59 PM
When I listen to Sara from Fleetwood Mac, I start singing Mercy.

http://youtu.be/RHJb87nNsGY (http://youtu.be/RHJb87nNsGY)