if on mobile device, pls click “Listen in browser” on the soundcloud pod below to play Kyrie (pronounced Ki-ri-ye) by Mr. Mister: a demo clip by Mr. Mister (2 minutes). Then, a millennial cover, live performance before a rowdy crowd…
from songfacts.com, an anthology of news featue articles, not footnoted:
” “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 into 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.
“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.”