Any child of the 80s will instantly recognize these lyrics:

Kyrie Eleison
Down the road that I must travel
Kyrie Eleison
Through the darkness of the night
Kyrie Eleison
Where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie Eleison
On a highway in the light.

Ah, the sweet sound of Mr. Mister.

Now, I never understood what the words “Kyrie Eleison” meant. I figured it was some girl or something. Apparently no one has any idea. I asked everyone at the office and received a variety of answers. My wife insisted that the words were “carry a laser.” (i.e., “I love you so much, I’d carry a laser for you.” A songsmith, she’s not.)

This morning — after 21 years in the dark — I finally found the answer while listening to a book-on-tape about meditation. (Yeah, I’m on a spiritual path.)

“Kyrie Eleison” is an ancient Greek Orthodox prayer. It means — “Lord have mercy.” You can read more about it in the Catholic Encyclopedia.

So, who knew? All of us 80s heathens singing along with Mr. Mister were walking around asking for divine forgiveness. And we didn’t even know it.

I aim to inform.