Elbow – “Mercy Street” (Peter Gabriel Cover)

The reciprocal part of Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back project moves forward with Elbow’s cover of “Mercy Street” (from Gabriel’s 1986 album So). Says Elbow’s Guy Garvey: “We chose to cover ‘Mercy Street’ because it’s such an amazing song, It’s my favorite from So. Also because there’s a real tenderness and understanding in the lyrics. Before I knew anything about Anne Sexton or her poetry — the song is about and dedicated to her — I just knew that there was a real comfort to the song.” Listen to both below.

You should watch Amrit, Gabriel, and Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo in conversation as well.