Have Mercy Baby
The Dominoes Lyrics


Somewhere on the hill?
Chasing some poor criminal
And I guess they're out to kill
Oh there must be shackles on his feet
And mother in his eyes
Stumbling through the Devil dark
With the hound pack in full cry
Have mercy on the criminal
Who is running from the law
Are you blind to the winds of change?
Don't you hear him anymore?
Saying, "Lord you gotta help me
Now I am never gonna sin again
Take these chains from around my legs
Sweet Jesus I'll be your friend"
Now have you ever seen the white teeth gleam
While you lie on a cold damp ground?
Taking in the face of a rifle butt
While the wardens hold you down
And you've never seen a friend in years
Oh it turns your heart to stone
You jump the wall and the dogs run free
And the grave gonna be your home
Have mercy on the criminal
Who is running from the law
Are you blind to the winds of change?
Don't you hear him anymore?
Saying, "Lord you gotta help me
Now I am never gonna sin again
Take these chains from around my legs
Sweet Jesus I'll be your friend"
Have mercy on the criminal
Who is running from the law
Are you blind to the winds of change?
Don't you hear him anymore?
Saying, "Lord you gotta help me
Now I am never gonna sin again
Take these chains from around my legs
Sweet Jesus I'll be your friend"
Somewhere on the hill?
Chasing some poor criminal

Writer(s): Billy Ward

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mark montgomery

THIS IS WHAT ALAN FREED CALLED ROCK AND ROLL

Jolie

The forever great Bill Brown, can't miss his voice in the song, but I do so miss him in this life. RIP

Arthur Justice

Way Back

Mark Wilesmith Wilesmith

Clyde McPhatter sings the lead in this.

Linda Oliver

I KNEW it sounded like Clyde McPhatter, and when I was a little girl I was told it was Clyde McPhatter. But since the artists are listed as Billy Ward and the Dominoes I was truly confused. Thanks for posting. I am no longer confused.

RaxOldies

Thank, Manny for posting all these great songs !!!
Bless you !!!!!!

Michael Mcgee

This lead to the development of Rock n Roll. At first, it was labeled as race music, then n.a c.c.p felt that was name-calling, so it was changed to rhythm n blues.

Lisa Shanklin

Billy Ward my talented father

Andrew V. Odom

This band (and specifically Clyde McPhatter ) was one of Elvis Presley’s favorite acts and biggest influences.

Mike Pokai

Awesome brother

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