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Shawn Mendes: Mercy Meaning

Song Released: 2016


Mercy Lyrics

You've got a hold of me
Don't even know your power
I stand a hundred feet
But I fall when I'm around you

Show me an open door
Then you go and slam it on me
I can't take anymore
I'm saying baby

Please have mercy on me
Take it easy on...

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    anonymous
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    Jan 28th, 2017 1:57pm report


    In my eyes, the song is about a guys loving a girl and her not loving him back. It's unrequited love. When it says he's a puppet on her strings- he will do anything for her basically. When it says she has no idea of the pain, maybe she doesn't know he feels this way or that it hurts him so bad. The song is him asking for mercy from her, he can't let her go.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 26th, 8:21am report


    In my opinion, this song isn't about a relationship with a girl. I think it's about his relationship with the music industry. Maybe being a part of this music industry it's very hard and it has a big pressure on him, you can see here " I can't take anymore... Please have mercy on me". I don't know how many of you heard about the illuminati, but I believe everything about them. They are real and mostly of the popular singers are sell outs (they sold their soul to Satan). I don't think Shawn is a Illuminati puppet ( like Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Madonna) but in this verses you can see "I'm a puppet on your string/ And even though you got good intentions/ I need you to set me free". The illuminati gave him popularity, money,fortune and he loves this, but sometimes he can't do this no more.. It's too exhausting. " Even though you don't mean to hurt me/ you keep tearing me apart" They keep tearing him apart from the truth.. Well, this is my interpretation of the song..When I first read the lyrics I knew this has nothing to do with a girl. I actually love Shawn and I hope he isn't a sell out to illuminati.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 2nd, 8:57pm report


    The song is about a destructive relationship. He is in love with a girl that is a narcist. Narcists are not aware of how manipulative and empathiless they can be:

    You've got a hold on me
    Don't even know your power

    Maybe this girl is talking down on him to make herself feel better:

    I stand a hundred feet
    But I fall when I'm around you.

    She tries to play him around, a way of manipulating him:


    Show me an open door
    Then you go and slam it on me

    He is getting sick of it:

    I can't take anymore

    He asks her for mercy, mercy on his heart.

    He does everything for her:

    I drive trough the night just to be near you baby.

    He knows it is sick how he is obsessed or utterly in love with het that he is doing everything to be with her.

    'Tell me that I am not crazy'

    He knows he already became crazy by how she treats him.

    He is not as demanding as she is. He just wants her to be honest.

    I am not asking for a lot, just that you are on this baby.

    She needs to be honest, because it is driving him crazy and he still has his pride.

    He is asking for mercy, mercy on his heart.

    He is doing everything for her but she is still demanding him and manipulating him and still not loving him back the way he is loveling her.

    Consuming all the air inside my lungs, wripping all the skin from of my bones.

    He is so so hurt and asks this demaning girl who is controling him like a puppit on her string.


    She had issues with herself that is the reason she does not know she is hurting him. She does not mean to hurt him and maybe she loves him so much and really has good intentions. He is getting really hurt in this relationship.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 22nd, 7:44pm report


    I'm not sure if this song is about a relationship at all. I think it's about a passion he has (like painting, acting or of course making music). He will always try to be realy good an he suffers for his passion, because he wants perfection. It never turns out perfect, thats why he longs for mercy. But he is so "in love" whit his passion he cant stop doing it.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 20th, 7:26am report


    A emotionally bas relationship. A guy willing to risk everything to help this relationship. But he's asking for mercy because she's hurting him. She's like playing games to draw him closer and then stop as it restarts again. It's a cycle that this girl makes. They guy wants relief from all the pain in the relationship. "Consuming all the air inside my lungs, ripping all the skin from off my bones, I'm prepared to sacrifice my life, I'll be glad to do it twice." That lyric is describing his pain about all this including "I'm a puppet on your string." And "Even though you have good intentions I need to set me free." She's having a hold of him, captaviting him.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 4th, 7:30pm report


    He's talking about the illuminati here.
    Talking about how he's getting controlled and that he's "a puppet on your strings". He sacrificed his life once to become famous but he would gladly do it twice to not be famous anymore and not be part of the illuminati. He's begging to be set free. And the part where he's in the car is a way showing that he's trapped and can't get out of the illuminati, even if he tries really hard.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 4th, 7:29pm report


    He's talking about the illuminati here

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jun 6th, 6:31pm report


    I think it is about a guy loving a girl who keeps hurting him by not loving him as much as he loves her. She doesn't try to hurt him or even realise the pain he's going through because of her. He knows the relationship is bad for him but can't leave as she is all he wants even thought he knows she doesn't love him back. She's giving him mixed signals 'show me an open door then you go and slam it on me'. He wants her to 'have mercy on him' and stop giving him false hope and let him move on from her and find closure.



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    anonymous
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    May 13th, 5:30am report


    I think he fells like the relationship has mental affects on them and he's hurting emotionally and she might have good intentions but she is manipulative as he says I'm a puppet on your strings and she doesn't even notice that she does it, and she takes a lot out of him like when he says consuming all the air inside my lungs ripping all the skin from off my bones, but he would do anything for her.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 24th, 4:03pm report


    What I think the song meant was he was asking her for mercy for not loving him right and he's heartbroken and asking her to not hurt him anymore.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 11th, 2017 3:26am report


    It can also mean he is pleading for mercy whilst on tour, like he is just saying "give me a break" or "please have mercy" as he said in an interview.

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    Jennifer Moffett
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    Mar 3rd, 2017 3:45pm report


    I view it as a letter from the environment and animals to humanity.

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    anonymous
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    Jan 23rd, 2017 1:23pm report


    He has a lot of pain from the relationship that he is in now but it isn't physical pain; its emotional pain. His heart can't handle it anymore even though he wants her.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 29th, 2016 12:42am report


    I think it is about a girl who has really hurt him a lot and although she keep on hurting him but he can not get over her so he asking to have 'mercy' on him or to take it easy on him .In the song he is saying that she hurt him so much he felt like someone was punching him but in the end when he look at the mirror he realizes that he was not physically hurt but emotionally hurt.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 24th, 2016 10:31pm report


    I think it's about a girl that hurt him and she's hurting him more and more. And Shawn is asking her to have mercy




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