Listen to Patti Smith’s theme song for Noah via the BBC

‘Mercy Is’, the Patti Smith song that plays over the end credits of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, had its world premiere on BBC Radio 6 today. The song also features the Kronos Quartet, performing music arranged by Clint Mansell. You can hear it at the 2:54:50 mark in this program.

The lyrics, as best as I can make them out, go like so:

Mercy is as mercy does
Wandering the wild
The stars arise watching you
A breath upon a cloud

Two white doves
Two white wings
To carry you away
To a land in memory
A land in memory

The sky is high
The earth is green
And cool below your feet
So swiftly now beneath the bow
Your father waits for thee
To wrap you in his healing hands
As the night sky weeps

Two white doves
Two white wings
To carry you away
For mercy is the healing wind
That whispers as you sleep
That whispers you to sleep

The soundtrack album featuring this song comes out March 25. You can read more about Patti Smith’s involvement with the film here.

Thanks to David Buckna for sending me the link.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Hayyim

    Thanks for the lyrics – and especially for all the awesome links in your “Jewish roots & responses”! Two corrections:
    The stars are eyes watching you
    To wrap you in his healing arms
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni1jg7BLkiU


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