Mercy Now

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Mercy Now
Mercy Now Album.jpg
Studio album by Mary Gauthier
Released February 15, 2005
Studio Rootball Studio, Austin, Texas
Genre Country, folk
Length 50:15
Label Lost Highway
Producer Gurf Morlix
Mary Gauthier chronology
Filth & Fire
(2002)Filth & Fire2002
Mercy Now
Between Daylight and Dark
(2007)Between Daylight and Dark2007

Mercy Now is the fourth studio album by Mary Gauthier.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Mary Gauthier; except where indicated

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Falling Out of Love"   5:57
2. "Mercy Now"   5:51
3. "Wheel Inside the Wheel"   6:33
4. "I Drink" Gauthier, Crit Harmon 4:31
5. "Just Say She's a Rhymer" Harlan Howard 4:17
6. "Prayer Without Words"   6:09
7. "Your Sister Cried" Fred Eaglesmith 5:00
8. "Empty Spaces" Gauthier, Dale Keys 3:43
9. "Drop in a Bucket"   4:11
10. "It Ain't the Wind, It's the Rain"   4:03
Total length: 50:15


  • Mary Gauthier - vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Gurf Morlix - acoustic and electric guitar, bass, lap steel, percussion, backing vocals
  • Rich Brotherton - acoustic guitar, banjo
  • Ian "Mac" Lagan - Hammond B3 organ
  • Rick Richards - drums
  • Ray Bonneville - harmonica
  • Brian Standefer - cello
  • Eamon McLoughlin - viola
  • Paul Mills, Patty Griffin - backing vocals

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Jurek at AllMusic praises "her literate American gothic songs about wasted lives, desolate characters who roam the highways like ghosts, shattered dreams, and frustrated expectations." [1]

Jon Lusk's BBC review liked " her searing honesty, gift for gritty stories and willingness to acknowledge the darker side of life, without fear." [2]


  1. ^ Mercy Now, review by Thom Jurek, AllMusic, 2005. Rating: 4/5 stars
  2. ^ Mary Gauthier Mercy Now Review at BBC