The companion to the critically acclaimed Scratch My Back and the concluding part of a series of song exchanges in which Peter and other leading artists reinterpret each other’s songs. The album is also available as a 2CD set, Scratch My Back / And I’ll Scratch Yours.
If Peter’s covers record Scratch My Back was the call, this is the response, the sound of his songwriting brethren returning the favour.
“We chose to cover ‘Mercy Street’ because it’s such an amazing song; it’s my favourite one from ‘So’ as well, and because there’s a real tenderness and understanding in the lyrics. Before I knew anything about Anne Sexton or her poetry, because the song’s dedicated to her, I just knew there was a real comfort to the song. It’s the sound of somebody offering comfort. So we spent a long time, a very, very enjoyable two or three weeks covering it and I was trying desperately not to sound like Peter on the recording but it was unavoidable because I just do…” – Guy Garvey (Elbow)