This is probably a very unpopular opinion for me to have.....but I don't like Mercy.
I think it's way too repetitive, and it sounds like a U2 is covering a Coldplay song. The melody line is the same for way too long, and the lyrics are (in my opinion) cheesy and don't have that typical Bono-ness to them. The best part is the chorus, but even that doesn't really go anywhere we haven't heard them go before. There's nothing that really jumps out about this song. I'm really hoping that it gets a lot of work and undergoes some major changes before getting put on the new release.
"The idea of War was to possibly use different producers for each song or group of songs so the approach would vary throughout but in the end it didn't happen and we sorted it out with Steve Lillywhite. We understand each other and it works well for us. He has helped us grow and mature to understand recording techniques and translate our sound and ideas into reality."
- Bono on War, 1983
did you know
Pride (In The Name Of Love) came out of a soundcheck in Hawaii, the melody and the chords. Which is also the place where the work on the album (The Unforgettable Fire) started.