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Kyrie by Mr. Mister

Album: Welcome to the Real WorldReleased: 1985Charted:
  • "Kyrie Eleison" is Greek for "Lord, have mercy." It is used as a prayer in both Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox services. Greek was the original language of the New Testament and it was later translated in to Latin.
  • This song is credited to lead singer Richard Page, keyboardist Steve George and lyricist John Lang. Clearing up an urban legend that Page wrote the song after being attacked, John Lang told the Chicago Sun-Times of July 9th 2004: "Richard Page did write the music and melody, but I am the one who wrote the lyrics. I got the inspiration from singing it as a kid in an Episcopal church in Phoenix. Also, 'Kyrie' had nothing to do with Richard being assaulted, mainly because it wasn't Richard who was assaulted - it was me! But that happened three years before writing 'Kyrie,' and had nothing to do with that song."
  • When this was a hit, very few people listening to Top 40 radio had any idea that they were singing "Lord Have Mercy, Down the Road that I must travel!" The religious significance was mostly lost. (thanks, Jeff - Charleston, SC)
  • Mr. Mister was not a Christian band, but their frontman Richard Page considered this song a prayer. "I get a lot of power from meditation, from being still and realizing that what I'm doing is insignificant compared to the universe," he said. "That's what the song is all about."
  • The group wrote this while they were on tour with Adam Ant. It was a year before they recorded it.
  • The first single from the Welcome to the Real World album was "Broken Wings," which went to #1 US in December, 1985, giving the band their first American chart-topper. "Kryie" was the next single from the album, and it made the top spot in March, 1986.
  • The music video was shot in December, 1985 when Mr. Mister were opening for Tina Turner on her Private Dancer tour. Director Nick Morris shot footage of the band at their concert in Pembroke Pines, Florida at a venue called the Hollywood Sportatorium. The beach was nearby, so Morris also shot the band there and took footage of them doing rock star stuff before the show: riding in a limo, entering the dressing room, etc.

    Morris, a British director who would later do the videos for Europe's "The Final Countdown" and Cinderella's "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)," had never shot a video in America before, and didn't know that you needed release forms to show anyone's face. This caused a problem when after the video was cut and distributed, he was asked for the releases from the older guys on the beach the band is seen interacting with. Fortunately, these guys were regulars at this spot, so a production assistant was able to track them down and get the signatures.
  • The day they started shooting the video, the band read a negative review in the Los Angeles Times that was devastating for Richard Page. "His face dropped and he was in the saddest mood all day thinking he'd come to the end as a credible musician," director Nick Morris told us. "I remember thinking, I won't let my musicians who I'm about to work with read papers on the day of the shoot."
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Comments: 17

Love that first 32 seconds.Seth - Shreveport, La
On December 7th, 1985, Mr. Mister performed "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie" on the NBC-TV program 'Saturday Night Live'...
Both records peaked for 2 weeks each at #1 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart ("Broken Wings" peaked on Dec. 1st, 1985 and "Kyrie" on Mar. 23rd, 1986).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
This song is so uplifting! I listen to it whenever I can. What can be done to revive this song or change the lyrics to reflect what is happening in our country. This is such a moving song and we need the Lord's mercy!Julie - Plattsmouth, Ne
Made me laugh at how many atheists must have sung this song, not realizing what they were actually singing.Esskayess - Dallas, Tx
I was 11 when this song was popular and I just thought they were saying "Feedley Deeeeeeeee down the road that I must travel." When people would mention the song "Kyrie" I had no idea they were talking about this song. LOL.Greg - Boston, Ma
I think of my mom every time I hear Kyrie. This song takes me right back to this memory; I had already graduated of high school by this time. I was in the living room; mom was resting in her chair and the radio played Kyrie. She told me that Kyrie Eleison was Latin for Lord, have mercy. (She studied Latin and at times we went to the Latin mass at The Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Philadelphia.) I listened to the song with a better appreciation, mom liked it too.Jeamette - Narberth, Pa
I also thought it was "carry a laser" which was espeially poignant as I was working in a laser hair removal salon when I first noticed this song. I think the Muzak folks must have thought it was about lasers too!Christie - Sacramento, Ca
This was a great road song! I was a Jr. in high school when this song came out. Great memeories of me and all my friends hanging out at Old Hickory LakeBig Ed - Pulaski, Tn
These guys are very talented musicians. Do you yourself a favor and check out their first CD, "I Wear The Face" as well as their third, "Go On."Don - Chicago, Il
Having been raised Catholic, and being *just* old enough to remember Greek and Latin being used in certain places at Mass, I always knew they were singing "Kyrie Eleison" and what it meant. And I liked the whole Mr. Mister series of hits, even including the last semi-hit, "Is It Love," which everyone else seems to have forgotten. "Broken Wings" gets the volume cranked up every time it comes on.Clarke - Pittsburgh, Pa
A friend and myself were talking about this song because he was makin a cd with songs that have girls names in them. He was wrong and so was I. We both thought it was Carry a laser. Now the song makes more sence.Steve - Rochester, Ny
It's like a prayer because the singer asks for help in all life's difficulties simbolyzed by the roadAlberto Colonna - Turin, Italy
The first religious song i have sungAlberto Colonna - Turin, Italy
It's a very beautiful song so deepAlberto Colonna - Turin, Italy
Hey, I thought it was 'carry a laser' too! How funny!

I have always wanted to know that lyric.
Shannon - Palisade, Co
Mr.Mister was a band made up of session artists. Richard Page now does Contemporary Christian MusicJoe - St. Louis, Mo
I was 13 when this song came out and my sister was 7. he thought the chrorus was the phrase..."Carry a laser"Chet - Saratoga Springs, Ny