Love And Mercy From A BB

Brian Wilson was the brains, bass player and falsetto harmonist behind the Beach Boys. Sadly he fell into drugs, depression, psychosis and muddled 60s/70s psychiatric mistreatment. Somehow he soldiered on, raising children, and making music. He lost his two younger brothers to cancer and alcohol.

He is still with us, now aged 71, and still tours. His brain damage prevents him from playing instruments much, but he still leads his band and sings.

There has always been something very simple, innocent, child-like, gifted and driven about him, and that endears him to me. This song was written in 1988. Here are the lyrics:

I was sittin’ in a crummy movie with my hands on my chin
Oh the violence that occurs seems like we never win

Love and mercy that’s what you need tonight
So, love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

I was lyin’ in my room and the news came on T.V.
A lotta people out there hurtin’ and it really scares me

Love and mercy that’s what you need tonight
So, love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

I was standin’ in a bar and watchin’ all the people there
Oh the loneliness in this world well it’s just not fair

Oooooo-ooooooo-ooooooo
Oooooo-ooooooo-ooooooo-ooooooo-ooooooo
Ahhhhh-ahhhhhh-ahhhhhh-ohhhhhh-ohhhhhh

Hey love and mercy that’s what you need tonight
So, love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

Love and mercy that’s what you need tonight
Love and mercy tonight

Love and mercy.

Without Love and Mercy, we are just clanging cymbals or sounding brass.

(PS The best Beach Boys song ever?)

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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