Mercy by Brett Young

Brett Young is known for is more happy and romantic songs such as ‘In case You Didn’t Know‘ and ‘Sleep Without You’ but his  newest song ‘Mercy‘ is the exact opposite of. ‘Mercy‘ is a story about a heartbreak. It is a combination of many break ups that Young has had all combined into one story that is vague enough that many people would be able to relate to some of their own heartbreak experiences. The intro is Young talking to this concept of “mercy” and he says “Why you hanging on so tight if this ain’t working? Why you wanna stop this flame if it’s still burning?”. He is saying that if there is mercy, why does it need to show up when he is not ready for the break up. The chorus begins with, “So if you’re gonna break my heart, just break it. And if you’re gonna take your shot, then take it, take it,” The idea of having mercy is that the break up would not have to be drawn out and complicated, but rather short and simple. When he says, “then take it, take it,” he is saying to just get the pain over with, just break up with me already. The conclusion of the song says “But make this fast, if you ever loved me, (mmmh) if you ever loved me, have mercy,” Young is trying to tell the person he is in a relationship with to just end their relationship and have mercy so his pain is not drawn out. This song is not the same theme of music that Young usually writes, but he is starting to have more break up songs rather than all love songs.