Mandy Mercier

Mandy Mercier

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Great voice and passion, compelling, intelligent music & lyrics, a true pro with an innocent edge

Biography

A contemporary of artists such as Lucinda Wlliams, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Billy Joe Shaver; Mandy is frequently compared to Janis Joplin as a singer, Lucinda Williams as a writer

Lyrics

See It Now

Written By: Madeleine Z. Mercier (aka Mandy Mercier)

They will know your light
When the darkness falls
They will hear your words
When there's nothing left to say at all
They will hear your laughter
through their tears
And they will know
What has been lost here

When it's too damned late
Things are always clear
When they're gone for good
These things are dear
When the darkness falls
On the twilit garden
The hardest hearts -- soften

So see it now, see it now
Open your eyes, you don't need to know how
Open your mind, open your heart
And if nothing else
We can make a start

While the tide comes and goes
When the petals fall from the rose
The truth is right in front of you
And it'll still be there, when there's nothing you can do --

So see it now, see it now
Open your eyes, you don't need to know how
Open your mind, open your heart
And if nothing else, please make a start ...

And they will know your light
When the darkness falls
They will hear your words
When there's nothing left to say at all
They will hear your laughter through their tears
And they will know what has been lost, here
They will know (they will know)
What has been lost, here

(c) Mandy Mercier Music (BMI)

Wild Dreams of the Shy Boys

Written By: Madeleine Z. Mercier (aka Mandy Mercier)

I may not be with you
When you finally hear this song
I may have just missed you
The way life just rolls along
Passed on a highway, or an old truck stop cafe
Stop for a moment
Then I'll be on my way

Wish I could see you
Don't know what good it would do
Called up your number
Somebody answered, I don't know who
Pieces of silver twistin' around my arm
Nothin' you gave me
Could ever keep me from harm

But in those old blues guitars late at night
Twistin' through the live oaks
Under the starry light
I will be with you
In that motorcycle noise
And I'll be there in the wild dreams of the shy boys

Your voice on my tape deck
Now people say your name
Try my reaction -- I try to act the same
I was your mystery -- until you changed the end
Thought you knew better
Knew that I was your friend

But when those old 60s Chevys
Rev through the Main Street lights
And the girls tease their hair back
Makin' their big eyes bright
I will be with you -- in that funky juke-joint noise, and I'll be there ...

When that old blues guitar sounds so right
Twistin' through the live oaks
Under the starry night
I will be with you
In that motorcycle noise
And I'll be there in the wild dreams of the shy boys

I'll be there, in the wild dreams of the shy boys

(c) Mandy Mercier Music (BMI)

Homeless

Written By: Madeleine Z. Mercier (BMI)

Pioneers in covered wagons inching across the plains
Rugged cowboys, round the campfire in the rain
Soliders of the foreign legion, tents in the desert sand
Sailors on the ocean deep, seeking a new land
All of them homeless -- all of them homeless

Troubadours down forest paths, lyress slung over their backs
Bringing news, stories and songs from on down the track
Riders of the Pony Express, hell-for-leather bound
Camping out on a mountain paths, bringin' the mail back down
All of them homeless -- all of them homeless

Joseph and Mary, lookin' for room at the Inn
And their beloved Son and his friends, Fishers of Men
Crockett at the Alamo, Lewis & Clark and their kin
Didn't have Visa cards, mortgages, or much to spend

(Solo)

Bridge: Gardeners, laborers, waiters and engineers
Downsized, laid-off, the angry, the sick and the weird
Battered mothers, children with nothing to eat
Viet Nam veterans from both sides of the street
Lots of them homeless, lots of them homeless

Someday I'm gonna get in my truck and forget about settling down
Get my dog, my guitar, maybe a man who likes me around
And we'll go playin' music, havin' a real good time
Tellin' stories over a bottle of wine
Would you turn me away?
Would you turn me away from your town
Would you turn me away?
Would you turn me away from this town,
Would you turn me away -- turn me away --

c. 1996-97 Mandy Mercier Music (BMI)

No Foolin' the Cards

Written By: Mandy Mercier

Gave it all up 'cause you told me to
And I gotta respect what you just can't do
And I gotta respect what my heart says too
And my heart can't see anyone but you

Live by the sword, don't you think that I don't?
Leave, don't look back -- don't you think that I won't?
Done it before and I will 'til I die,
But I know what's the truth
And I know what's a lie

And there's no foolin' the cards that fall
The roll of the dice, the words on the wall
The whisper at night when the stars all sing your name
In the middle of everything
Your name in the middle of everything

Just a guy, hey, that's all that you are
Breakin' the strings on my guitar
Breakin' my heart with the things you say without even thinkin', every day
Makin' me laugh like I won't ever stop
Jerkin' my chain like a freeway cop
Then you're talkin' me down like a cranky child
Touchin' my hand, drivin' me wild

And there's no foolin' the cards ...

Lighting a candle alone in the night
Touchin' myself but it just don't feel right
Touch someone else, I could do that too
Anything not to think about you
Tossin' the coins for a secret sign
Tryin' to feel what could be on your mind
Tryin' to know what I can't ever see
The answer for you, the answer for me

And there's no foolin' the cards that fall, the roll of the dice, the words on the wall, the whisper at night when the stars all sing your name in the middle of everything, your name in the middle of -- everything

Discography

"Wild Dreams of the Shy Boys" (album) (single won Honor Award, Great American Song Contest), Wild Cantinas Records; new album "Run Out of Darkness" 2006 release; various compilations, 3 previous albums; on iTunes and CD Baby; website has complete discography

Set List

We can perform two 90 minute sets, or a shorter show. We do all original music with a few covers by people we know personally, and/or traditional blues/Cajun/roots music with our own style