Mercy Mercy

Composers: Don Covay & Ronnie Miller      Original performer: Don Covay (1964)
Recording date: May 1965        Recording location: Chess Studios, Chicago, USA
Producer: Andrew Oldham        Engineer: Ron Malo
Performed onstage: 1965-66, 1969

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Brian Jones
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
 

Have mercy
Have mercy, baby
Have mercy
Have mercy on me

Well I went to see the gypsy
To have my fortune read
She said Man, your baby going to leave you
Her bags are packed up under the bed - that's right

Have mercy
Have mercy, baby
Have mercy
Have mercy on me

But if you leave me, baby
Girl, if you put me down
I'm going to make it to the nearest river, child
And jump overboard and drown, that's right

Have mercy
Have mercy, baby
Have mercy
Have mercy on me

I said Hey hey baby, hey hey now
What you trying to do?
Hey hey baby, hey hey now
Please don't say we're through - yeah yeah yeah

Have mercy
Have mercy, baby
Have mercy
Have mercy on me

But if you stay, baby
I tell you what I'm going to do
I'm going to work 2 jobs 7 days a week
And bring my money home to you, that's right

Have mercy - please
Have mercy, baby
Have mercy
Have mercy on me

Yeah

Have mercy
Have mercy, baby
Have mercy
Have mercy on me
 

 

TrackTalk

(T)here are songs like Have Mercy which I'd love to work up again.

- Keith Richards, 1973



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