Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves, and Demons of Marvin Gaye by Michael Eric DysonTwenty years after his murder at the hands of his own father, Marvin Gaye continues to define the hopes and shattered dreams of the Motown generation. A performer whose career spanned the history of rhythm and blues, from doo-wop to the sultriest of soul music, Gayes artistry magnified the contradictions that defined Americas coming of age in the tumultuous 1970s. In his most searching and ambitious work to date, acclaimed critic Michael Eric Dyson illuminates both Marvin Gayes stellar achievements and stunning personal decline--and offers an unparalleled assessment of the cultural and political legacy of R&B on American culture.Through interviews with those close to Gaye--from his musical beginnings in a black church in Washington, D.C., to his days as a ladies man in Motowns stable of young singers, from the artistic heights of the landmark album Whats Going On? to his struggles with addiction and domestic violence--Dyson draws an indelible portrait of the tensions that shaped contemporary urban America: economic adversity, the drug industry, racism, and the long legacy of hardship.Published to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of Gayes death in 1984, and infused with the soulful prose that has become Michael Eric Dysons trademark, Mercy, Mercy Me is at once a celebration of an American icon whose work continues to inspire, and a revelatory and incisive look at how a lost generations moods, music, and moral vision continue to resonate today.
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Following the breakthrough of the title track 's success, the song, written solely by Gaye, became regarded as one of popular music 's most poignant anthems of sorrow regarding the environment. In Canada, "Mercy Mercy Me" spent two weeks at number 9. As the single became his second million-seller from What's Going On , the album started on the soul album charts in the top five and began charging up the pop rankings. In it was his third single recording to win a "Grammy Hall of Fame" Award. This song featured on the 40th-anniversary edition of the album. Lyrically, the songs are both the same except "Sad Tomorrows" is a quick two-minute snippet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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?
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