American folk singer songwriter Mary Gauthier’s song ‘Mercy Now‘ was featured on Yellowstone this week — Season 1, Episode 9, “The Unravelling, Part 2“.
The song was played at the end of the episode as John and Beth stare at the mountains, and talk about the future.
Mary Gauthier’s ‘Mercy Now’ is the title track from her fourth studio album of the same name. Released in 2005, Mercy Now was her first release on a major record label. It ultimately gained attention from the BBC and AllMusic due to the storytelling element of her songs. Gauthier also plays acoustic guitar on the album.
The album was produced by Gurf Morlix, who also plays acoustic and electric guitar, bass, lap steel, and percussion, and provides backing vocals on the album.
‘Mercy Now‘ is notable for its gorgeous acoustic guitar, heart-wrenching violin and cowboy-style lyrics.
The song has received attention for its appearance in Yellowstone due to its feeling of starkness and grit. Both of which are emblematic of the TV show itself.
Interestingly too, her publisher at the time did not particularly care for the song.
“I honestly didn’t even know if it was a good song or not after I finished it,” Gauthier said, after the song’s release. “I played it for my publisher and it was received with a yawn, and I think that threw me off. Once people started responding to it, I realized I might need a new publisher.”
For me, ‘Mercy Now‘ is the quintessential theme song for Trump’s America.
A song that symbolizes exactly what is going on in America under Trump. With lyrics that illustrate the sheer evil of many American so-called ‘Christians’, Republican politicians and major corporations, and music with a melancholy timbre that embodies how powerless so many Americans feel.
“My church and my country could use a little mercy now
As they sink into a poisoned pit
That’s going to take forever to climb out
They carry the weight of the faithful
Who follow ‘em down
I love my church and country and they could use some mercy now
Every living thing could use a little mercy now
Only the hand of grace can end the race
Towards another mushroom cloud
People in power, well
They’ll do anything to keep their crown
I love life, and life itself could use some mercy now
Yea, we all could use a little mercy now”
Listen to Mary Gauthier’s ‘Mercy Now‘ in the video below. Now doesn’t that make you feel incredibly sorry for Americans in Trump’s America?
You can also listen to the track, along with Gauthier’s entire album — which is equally as superb — in the Spotify widget below that.