Brett Young sings from the perspective of someone whose wounds from an impending breakup are accentuated by the anticipation of the inevitable heartache when the split occurs.
"Breakups are uneven," Young explained to Taste of Country
of the "Mercy" lyrics. "So the person that was ready for it, prepared for it, is doing fine immediately after it. That person's the one checking in to want to have coffee two weeks later and you're getting that text going, 'Can you just leave me alone so I can heal?' I've been through that."