They say the Lord has mercy
No matter what you do
They say the Lord has mercy child
Why oh why don’t you?
Daddy works the stockyards
Momma cleans the store
They give you all that love can give
Why do you ask for more?
Don’t go riding in no gangsta’s car
Don’t go cruising in the street
Don’t go drinking in some fancy bar
Don’t dance in the summer heat
Waiting on tables for nickels and dimes
Working hard night and day
Neon lights shining like a sign of the times
The high-life just streets away