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Love And Mercy
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Brian Wilson

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1988

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Date Performance 1995-00-00
Performers Brian Wilson (Vocals), Jim Keltner (Drums), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Keyboards), James (Hutch) Hutchinson (Bass), Mark Goldenberg (Electric Guitar), (Turner) Stephen Bruton (Electric Guitar), Luis Resto (Acoustic Guitar), Anthony/Tony Fagenson (Percussion), Sweet Pea Atkinson (Background Vocals), (Sir) Harry Bowen(s) (Background Vocals), Donald Ray Mitchell (Background Vocals), Jeff Pescetto (Background Vocals), Waddy (Robert) Wachtel (Elec. Guitars), Waddy (Robert) Wachtel (Acc. Guitars), David McMurray (Sax), David McMurray (Flute)
CommentsIncorrectly billed in DVD credits as "Love And Money".
Appears On
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times (1995)
Brian Wilson

    Lyrics »

I was sittin' in a crummy movie with my hands on my chin
Oh the violence that occurs seems like we never win

CHORUS:
Love and mercy that's what you need tonight
So, love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

I was lyin' in my room and the news came on T.V.
A lotta people out there hurtin' and it really scares me

CHORUS

I was standin' in a bar and watchin' all the people there
Oh the loneliness in this world well it's just not fair

CHORUS

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Performance #1:
Date Performance 1988-00-00
Running Time 2:55
Performers Brian Wilson (Produced By), Russ Titelman (Produced By), Jim Linkner (Engineered By), Ron Klohs (Engineered By), Hugh Padgham (Mixed By), Bob (Trigger) Vogt (Mixing Assisted By), Tom Biener (Assistant Engineer), Rick Caughron (Assistant Engineer), Claudio Ordenes (Assistant Engineer), Will Rogers (Assistant Engineer), Roger Talkov (Assistant Engineer), Craig Vogel (Assistant Engineer), Dave Way (Assistant Engineer), Brian Wilson (Piano), Brian Wilson (Organ), Brian Wilson (Keyboards), Brian Wilson (Emulator), Brian Wilson (Vibes), Brian Wilson (Bells), Brian Wilson (Chimes), Brian Wilson (Glockenspiel), Brian Wilson (Percussion), Brian Wilson (Sound Effects), Brian Wilson (Lead Voices), Brian Wilson (Background Voices), Brian Wilson (Vocal Arrangements), Andy Paley (Electric Guitars), Andy Paley (Acoustic Guitars), Andy Paley (Bass), Andy Paley (Drums), Andy Paley (Percussion), Andy Paley (Keyboards), Andy Paley (Harmonica), Andy Paley (Additional Background Voices), Michael Bernard (Computers), Michael Bernard (Synthesizer Programming), Michael Bernard (Drums), Michael Bernard (Keyboards), Michael Bernard (Percussion), Michael Andreas (Flutes), Michael Andreas (Saxophones), The Baystate Bluegrass Band (Mandolin), The Baystate Bluegrass Band (Banjo), The Baystate Bluegrass Band (Bass), The Baystate Bluegrass Band (Steel-String Acoustic Guitar), Stuart Blumberg (Trumpet), Jeff(rey) (S.) Bova (Keyboards), Jim(my) Bralower (Shaker), Lance Buller (Trumpet), Robbie Condor (Additional Keyboards), Andy/Andrew Dean (Keyboards), Andy/Andrew Dean (Vibes), Andy/Andrew Dean (Percussion), Andy/Andrew Dean (Jingle Bells), Elliot Easton (Guitar), Todd Herreman (Fairlight), Tris Imboden (Drums), Tris Imboden (Hi-Hat), Tris Imboden (Cymbals), Hymen Katz (Flute), Hymen Katz (Piccolo), Harry Kim (Trumpet), Kevin S. Lesley/Leslie (Footsteps), Steve Lindsey (Additional Keyboards), Jeff Lynne (Keyboards), Jeff Lynne (Bass), Jeff Lynne (Six-String Bass), Jeff Lynne (Guitar), Jay Migliori (Baritone Saxophone), Frank Morocco (Accordion), Rob Mounsey (EMU Tympani), Rob Mounsey (Piano), Rob Mounsey (Synth Guitar), Rob Mounsey (Emulator Cello), Dean Parks (Guitar), Bob Riley (Drum Machine), Philippe Saisse (Keyboards), Tony Selvage/Salvage (Violin), Tony Selvage/Salvage (Saw), Carol Steele (Percussion), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Horn), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Saxophone Solo), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Additional Keyboards), Jeff(rey) (S.) Bova (Programming), Jim(my) Bralower (Drum Programming), Robbie Condor (Synthesizer Programming), Andy/Andrew Dean (Synthesizer Programming), Robbie Kilgore (Keyboard Programming), Steve Lindsey (Synthesizer Programming), Philippe Saisse (Synthesizer Programming), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Synthesizer Programming)
CommentsEngineered at Dolphin Sound, Honolulu. Mixed at A&M Studios, Los Angeles.
Appears On
Brian Wilson (Rhino Edition Of 1988 Album) (2000)
Brian Wilson
Love And Mercy/He Couldn't Get His Poor Old Body To Move (1988)
Brian Wilson
Performance #2:
Date Performance 2005-00-00
Running Time 2:20
Performers Brian Wilson (Vocals), Scott Bennett (Piano), Scott Bennett (Bass), Scott Bennett (Background Vocals), Nelson Bragg (Drums), Nelson Bragg (Background Vocals), Taylor Mills (Background Vocals), Brian Wilson (Produced By), Brian Wilson (Arranged By), Daria Wilson (Assistant Producer), Delanie Wilson (Assistant Producer), Mark Lin(n)et(t)(e) (Recorded By), Mark Lin(n)et(t)(e) (Mixed By)
Commentsby Brian Wilson (appears courtesy of BriMel). Billed as "Love & Mercy".
Appears On
Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now (2005)
Various Artists

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(C) 1988 Beach Bum Music/GLVD Publishing - (BMI)/Beachhead Music Inc. (ASCAP) Brian Wilson: I was in my piano room, playing (Burt Bacharah & Hal David's) 'What The World Needs Now Is Love,' and I just went into my own song...worked very hard to get out what was in my heart on that out...it's a personal message from me to people." With "Love And Mercy," Brian explains that "we accomplished what we set out to do, which is to bring some spiritual love to people. We wanted people to be covered with love, because there's no guarantee of somebody waking up in the morning with any love. It goes away like a bad dream. It disappears. Mercy would be a deeper word than Love. I would think Love is a gentle thing and Mercy would be the more desperate, ultimately more desperately needed, thing in life. Mercy - a little break here and there for somebody who's having trouble." On tour in 1999 Brian began ending his concerts with a very moving version of "Love And Mercy." His tender introduction/benediction prior to the song and evocative, spiritual lead vocal made it a standout performance in each concert and consistently one of the emotional highlights of the night. In concert it's sung with a healing tone: "The live version is very intimate," Brian admits. "When I perform it now, it feels happy....'Love And Mercy' is probably the most spiritual song I've ever written."

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