Who Sang Everybody’s Crying Mercy? Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello Kojak Variety cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1995-5-5
Genre: Rock Pop
length: 4:08
membranophone: Jim Keltner
electric guitar: Marc Ribot
Hammond organ: Larry Knechtel
bass guitar: Jerry Scheff
composer: Mose Allison
lyricist: Mose Allison
I can't believe the things I've seen
I wonder bout some things I've heard
Everybody's crying mercy
When they don't know the meaning of the word

A bad enough situation
Is sure enough getting worse
Everybody's crying justice
Just as long as there's business first
Toe to toe
Touch and go
Give a cheer
Get your souvenir

People running round in circles
Don't know what they're headed for
Everybody's crying peace on Earth
Just as soon as we win this war

Straight ahead
Knock em dead
Pack your kid
Choose your hypocrite

Well you don't have to go to off Broadway
To see something played absurd
Everybody's crying mercy
When they don't know the meaning of the word

Nobody knows the meaning of the word
When they don't know the meaning of the word
Nobody knows the meaning of the word
Nobody knows the meaning of the word

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Strange
  • 2 Hidden Charms
  • 3 Remove This Doubt
  • 4 I Threw It All Away
  • 5 Leave My Kitten Alone
  • 6 Everybody’s Crying Mercy
  • 7 I’ve Been Wrong Before
  • 8 Bama Lama Bama Loo
  • 9 Must You Throw Dirt in My Face
  • 10 Pouring Water on a Drowning Man
  • 11 The Very Thought of You
  • 12 Payday
  • 13 Please Stay
  • 14 Running Out of Fools
  • 15 Days