"Mercy" (CD single)



Sexy-sounding -- but not sexual -- UK import.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Very veiled innuendo: The song is about a girl who is kind of at the mercy of a guy who doesn't seem to treat her well. Duffy doesn't really say anything that might be offensive, but it is assumed ("You say that I will be something on the side").

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this single, with its go-go dance appeal, sounds like it could have come from Amy Winehouse, there's nothing bawdy or provocative about it.

What's the story?

International songstress Duffy has broadened her likability to the U.S. The talented Welsh beauty is already a hit in the U.K., but with the popularity of YouTube, she's begun to make a name for herself across the Atlantic.

Is it any good?


While comparisons to Amy Winehouse are inevitable, Duffy's voice outshines Winehouse's snarl with an angelic quality. Her soulfulness radiates through the lyrics of "MERCY" and makes fans look forward to more music from this cool new import from Wales. The video is decent and doesn't stray too far with images of Duffy singing on an elevated stage while male dancers perform around her.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about rock and pop star comparisons. Are musicians just putting out music that sounds the same? Do they have a desire to be original or a desire to be more like everyone else?

Music details

Release date:March 4, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 3, 2013

An "eh" song

It's catchy, but (no offense) I don't really like Duffy's singer. I mean it's okay, but not the best when I compare her to like Kelly Clarkson, Amy Lee, Leona Lewis, Beyonce, etc. This song isn't bad; it's just not great. But I think it's okay for kids.
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 May 27, 2013

Catchy :)

I like this song, but the remix is really good too :D
Written byAnonymous December 19, 2012

14+ it is.

Sexy but not really about sex. So this will be for the 14+
What other families should know
Too much sex


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