Mercy

Shawn Mendes

About Mercy

"Mercy" is a song by Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes. It was co-written by Mendes with Ilsey Juber, Danny Parker and Teddy Geiger, with the latter handling the song's production with Jake Gosling. It was released on August 18, 2016, through Island Records as the third promotional single, and later as the second single on October 18, 2016, from his second studio album, Illuminate (2016).


Year:
2017
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You've got a hold of me
Don't even know your power
I stand a hundred feet
But I fall when I'm around you

Show me an open door
Then you go and slam it on me
I can't take anymore
I'm saying baby

Please have mercy on me
Take it easy on my heart
Even though you don't mean to hurt me
You keep tearing me apart
Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart
Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart

I'd drive through the night
Just to be near you, baby
Heart open, testify
Tell me that I'm not crazy

I'm not asking for a lot
Just that you're honest with me
My pride is all I got
I'm saying baby

Please have mercy on me
Take it easy on my heart
Even though you don't mean to hurt me
You keep tearing me apart
Would you please have mercy on me
I'm a puppet on your string
And even though you got good intentions
I need you to set me free
Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart
Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart

Consuming all the air inside my lungs
Ripping all the skin from off my bones
I'm prepared to sacrifice my life
I would gladly do it twice
Consuming all the air inside my lungs
Ripping all the skin from off my bones
I'm prepared to sacrifice my life
I would gladly do it twice

Please have mercy on me
Take it easy on my heart
Even though you don't mean to hurt me
You keep tearing me apart
Would you please have mercy on me
I'm a puppet on your string
And even though you got good intentions
I need you to set me free

I'm begging you for mercy, mercy
Begging you, begging you, please, baby
I'm begging you for mercy, mercy
Ooh, I'm begging you, I'm begging you

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Shawn Mendes

Shawn Peter Raul Mendes (born August 8, 1998) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the popular video sharing application Vine. The following year, he caught the attention of artist manager Andrew Gertler and Island Records A&R Ziggy Chareton which led to him signing a deal with the record label. Mendes went on to release his debut single "Life of the Party", which become successful in his native Canada. Following the release of his first single, he has released both an EP and a studio album, and has headlined a solo tour. Later on, he released "Stitches", which became #1 in England and in the top 10 in US and Canada. He released 3 studio albums, Handwritten, Illuminat… more »

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Written by: Danny Parker, Isley Juber, Shawn Mendes, Teddy Geiger

Lyrics © WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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11 facts about this song

Release Details
"Mercy" was released on August 18, 2016, as the second single from Shawn Mendes's second studio album, titled "Illuminate".
Songwriters
Shawn Mendes co-wrote "Mercy" with Teddy Geiger, Daniel Parker, and Ilsey Juber.
Chart Performance
The song reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and also had significant chart success internationally, reaching the top ten in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Genre Classification
"Mercy" is primarily categorized as a pop and blues-pop song.
Music Video
The official music video features Mendes trapped in a sinking car. As the water level rises, he attempts to break free. Intercut with this are scenes of him performing the song with just a guitar, in a room filled with amplifiers.
Influence & Inspiration
Shawn has stated in interviews that "Mercy" is about the struggle of giving everything you have to a person or situation and begging for mercy in return.
Live Performances
The singer has delivered celebrated performances of "Mercy" at numerous events, including the iHeartRadio MMVAs and the 2016 American Music Awards.
Commercial Success
The song has since been certified triple Platinum in the United States for sales over three million copies.
Critical Reception
"Mercy" was widely praised by music critics, some of whom described it as one of Mendes's best songs, applauding its passion and powerful lyrics.
Accolades
"Mercy" led to Shawn being nominated for several awards, including the Juno Award for Single of the Year in 2017 and the MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video.
Advocacy
Shawn used the song as part of a campaign to help raise funds for the Red Cross after the devastating effects of the earthquake in Mexico in 2017.

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