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Grace and Mercy

from With Any Luck by Linda Nicole Blair

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This song was originally inspired by my older brother's life, but then I realized that it is really about all of us--we all live our lives by grace and mercy.


Daddy taught me right from wrong
Mama sang me all her songs
Thought I’d be alright--what did they know?
Too many times I skinned my knees
Trying too hard to please everybody
Everybody, but me.
Now, I don’t like certainty
Got no use for guarantees
My favorite place ain’t no place at all
I’m no fool, I don’t live by rules
And I never liked going to school
I live by grace and mercy.
One day I hit the road
Jumped on a Harley, rode out into the cold
Miles and miles from where I was known.
Wound my way to California
I’d heard that sunshine there will warm ya
And make ya whole again.
Left my compass far behind
Now I’m past, way past, the Great Divide—
But then I’ve never liked certainty
Got no use for guarantees
My favorite place ain’t no place at all.
Just open trails and aqua seas;
I’m gonna live for eternity
By grace, by grace, by grace,
And mercy, mercy, mercy.


from With Any Luck, released February 21, 2023


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Linda Nicole Blair Port Orchard, Washington

Singer-songwriter from Port Orchard, WA; BA in Music, MA and PhD in Literature; songwriting is the perfect outlet for my passions. I've been playing music since I was about 5 years old--My songs reflect an eclectic style--country, folk rock, roots, and Americana. Maybe a little folk-blues, too. ... more

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