This is such a great song. Todays guitar lesson on Mercy Now is going to give you all the chords. The chord progression and a tutorial so that you have everything you need to be able to play Mercy Now.
If you want to know how to play Mercy Now. Mercy Now Guitar Lesson; Will give you everything you need to play Mercy Now.
- Chords to Mercy Now
- The timing is 4/4,
- Strumming Pattern to Mercy Now
- Mercy Now Chord Progression
- Lyrics to Mercy Now
- Bonus Guitar Tutorial
If your ready to learn this great song. Then grab your guitar and lets have some fun!
Mercy Now Chords
The chords in the song are Easy chords. And they go so well together. This helps make this such a cool song. The chords are G C and D. Look at the chord diagrams. If you need a quick reference to learn how to read chords click the link.
How to Make the G Chord
There are several different ways to play the G chord in the open position. Here is one of them.
- Place Your first finger at the second fret of the A string. Which is the 5th string.
- Put your second finger at the third fret on the E string. The 6th string.
- Your Third Finger is at the third fret. On the B string.
- Then place your pinkie on the third fret of the high E string. The 1st string.
- When strumming the G chord you can play all the strings.
C Chord Finger Position
- Place your first finger on the B string, at the first fret. (2nd string).
- Your second finger is on the D string. 4th string, at the second fret.
- Then your third finger is on the 5th string. At the third fret. Which is the A string.
- When Strumming the C chord. Don’t play the 6 string.
How to Position Your Fingers for the D chord
- Place your finger on the 3rd string. The G string. At the second fret.
- Put your second finger on the 1st string. (E string). Also on the second fret.
- Then your third finger is on the 2nd string. (B string). On the third fret.
- Strum from the 4th string down. Don’t play the 5th or 6th string.
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How to Play Mercy Now
The Strumming Pattern
The strumming pattern in this song is relatively simple. The pattern is; D D DU UD DD. Which sounded out is Down Down Down Up Up Down Down Down. Down Down Down Up Up Down Down Down.
The timing of the song is 4/4 time. So you are counting to 4 through out the song. Meaning Every measure has 4 beats.
The Chord Progression
The intro starts on the G chord. It is played 4 times through then the verse starts. The verse starts and you are still playing the G Chord. Play it for 2 more measures (2 times). And then go to the C chord. Play the C, 2 times through. Then you move to the D chord which is played for 2 measures and then back the G chord. Where it starts again.
This song is played at a slow tempo.
There is an instrumental and while that is happening. You are going to play G G G G, G G G C, C C C D, D D D G And then repeat that again. G G G G, G G G C, C C C D, D D D G.
Finger Pick the Intro
A little more advanced way to start the song is to arpeggiate the intro. When you are set up to play the G chord. You could simply pick the individual strings of that chord. Which is going to be these strings and I will explain what order to play them in. Starting with the thickest string and going up to the high E string. The thinnest string. The order is 6 5 4 3 2 1.
Make the G with your fretting hand and pick 6 4 3 4 2 3 2. And then strum the chord. You pick those strings and strum two times. Then the verse starts. Play that same pick and strum two more times. Then go to the C chord. And pick strings; 5 4 3 4 2 3, and strum. You repeat the picking and strumming two times on the C chord. Then move to the D string.
Once your fingers are positioned for the D chord. Pick these strings in this order and then strum. 4 3 2 4 1 2 Strum. After repeating that go back to the G chord. Repeat playing the G 2 measures. Then when you get to the C again. The tempo picks up and just strum the chords.
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Mercy Now Lyrics
My father could use a little mercy now. The fruits of his labor fall and rot slowly on the ground. His work is almost over. It won't be long, he won't be around. I love my father, he could use some mercy now. My Brother could use a little mercy now. He's a stranger to freedom. He's shackled to his fears and his doubt. The pain that he lives in It's almost most more than living with a lie. I love my brother, he could use some mercy now. My Church and my Country, could use some mercy now. As they sink into a poison pit. It's going to take forever to climb out. They carry the weight of the faithful who falling them down. I love my Church and Country They could use some mercy now. Every living thing, could use a little mercy now. Only the hand of grace. Could end the race, to what another mushroom cloud. People in Power, well they'll do anything to keep there crown. I love life and life itself could use some mercy now. Yeah we all could use a little mercy now. I know we don't deserve it, but we need it any how. We hang in the balance, and between hell and halo ground. And every single one of us could use some mercy now. Every single one of us could use some mercy now. I said, every single one of us could use some mercy now.
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Bonus Guitar Tutorial
Who Wrote the Song Mercy Now
The song Mercy Now was released in February 15, 2005. And was written by a composer named Mary Gauthier.
About the Song Mercy Now
Mercy Now is a studio album by Mary Gauthier. The second song on the album is Mercy now. A single that Mary Gauthier sings the vocals and acoustic guitar. The album was released February 15, 2005. And was written by a composer named Mary Gauthier. Source
This guitar lesson is based off of the Boy George version of the song.