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MERCY MERCY ME

      
MERCY MERCY ME
By Patricia Gaylor
For a couple of weeks in 1971, a song by Marvin Gaye was # 1 on the R & B singles chart. It was entitled “Mercy Mercy Me – The Ecology”. Here’s a link to listen to the song, with lyrics below:
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
No, no
Where did all the blue sky go?
Poison is the wind that blows
From the north, east, south, and sea
Oh, 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
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
No, no
Radiation in the 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 you stand?
 
This particular song (and artist) has always been one of my favorites, and as a young girl in the 70’s, it had a profound influence on me. I’ve said it before that this particular era, and the fact that I was (or thought I was) a hippie had me thinking about what was going on around me. And now, as an ageing adult, nothing has changed. As a matter of fact, it’s gotten worse.
 
 I try not to watch the news a lot. I find it much too disturbing being constantly bombarded with the events of the day. But once in a while, I like to catch up on what’s going on. This morning I awoke to a news video of the oil spill in the Gulf, with a close-up on the well that’s spewing natural gas and oil by the millions of gallons into the ocean.
 
We are now in about week 4 of this particular event. Nothing, but nothing has changed. The ‘blame game’ is being played over and over again, with no one taking responsibility for this tragedy. Washington has “formed a committee” to try to fix the problem. What’s next? I saw something last night about Kevin Costner getting involved with his idea of how to ‘fix’ the problem.
Enough already. What else can I say? It’s all been said.
 
How much more abuse from man can you stand?
 
Mercy, mercy me.
 
 
 

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Patricia Gaylor has practiced as an interior designer in the Northeast for more than two decades. Here, an abundance of older homes in need of complete renovations requiring the removal of everything, from dated appliances to cabinetry, prompted Pat to ponder the question: “What happens to all this stuff after it’s ripped out?” Pat’s passion for green design continues to be fueled by this question.

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