Eco-Music Monday: Marvin Gaye “Mercy, Mercy Me (the Ecology)”

It’s been a while since my last Eco-Music Monday post, but I felt a blast from the past marvin-gaye-mercy-mercy-me-the-ecology-1972was needed today. First to remind us of how far we’ve progressed with environmental protection, secondly to keep in the forefront of our minds the continued work that needs to take place, and thirdly to serve as a call to action for standing against the dismantling of policies and programs created to protect Mother Earth.

Years before global warming (now climate change) became a hot topic, Marvin Gaye wrote a song about the environment and our obligation to care for the Earth. In 1971 Gaye delivered “Mercy, Mercy Me (the Ecology)” which described his thoughts on environmental issues at that time. Listen to the lyrics. Have things changed much since then? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

The classic music video below scrolls images to visually display the lyrics and message of the song. Enjoy!

Whoa, ah, mercy mercy me
Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east
Whoa mercy, mercy me,
Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Oil wasted on the oceans and upon our seas, fish full of mercury
Ah, oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Radiation under ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying
Oh mercy, mercy me
Oh things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from man can she stand?
Oh, no no, na, na na, na
My sweet Lord, na, na, na
My Lord, my sweet Lord

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