I'm asking this question because of a song lyric that I'm trying to make sense of:
Lean my direction and mercy your ears
Obviously, lyrics often do not follow the rules of grammar, and are open to interpretation. I'm not looking for literary analysis or attempts to parse the metaphorical meaning of the song, I'm just trying to decide how the word 'mercy' should be interpreted in that sentence.
I did a little research by looking at definition of the word mercy, and seeing if any included a verb version, but was unable to find such a thing. I did however find a blog post about a bible translation saying that 'mercy' was used to translate a greek phrase that contained a verb for mercy, rather than a noun.
So, can 'mercy' be used as a verb? Looks like not, so how would you interpret it being used as such? Perhaps insights from other languages might be useful?
In other words, what does the imperative "mercy your ears" mean?
Full lyrics of The Ayes Have It by Big Business, without repeats:
while you were sleeping
been doing some thinking
everyone's taken a side
the ayes all and any
the nays half as many
there's plans to put a break in your stride
became crystal clear
when we cracked the veneer
that nobody wanted us here
we're out of the habit
instead chasing rabbits
goddamn it it's not how we planned it
sound the alarm
we don't want to find out
lean my direction and mercy your ears
not sure I could make it more perfectly clear