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Kyrie

by

Mr. Mister



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"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 3 years before writing 'Kyrie,' and had nothing to do with that song." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
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)
The group wrote this while they were on tour with Adam Ant. It was a year before they recorded it.
This was Mr. Mister's second #1 hit in the US. The first was "Broken Wings."
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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 Lake
- Big 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 road
- Alberto Colonna, turin, Italy
The first religious song i have sung
- Alberto Colonna, turin, Italy
It's a very beautiful song so deep
- Alberto 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 Music
- Joe, 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
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