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Jelani
(Home of the freak, land of the vague)
Posted: Dec 07, 2017 15:37
 

 melzabutch wrote:
clwguy wrote:
Mercy Street is one of the few songs that truly merit a 10.

Trustocity, your comment is as perfect and memorable as this song.


Trustocity wrote:
Every corporate drone in America with a used car and a mortgage was once a teenager staying out too late on a Tuesday night with a group of friends speeding down their town's main strip with the windows open and the radio loud, and when I was that teenager, "So" was the album in the tape deck. I sat in the passenger's seat with my right foot dangling out the window as my best friend drove. The girl he pined for sat in the back with the boy she was dating, my other best friend, and it felt more like a romantic triangle among true comrades from a French movie than the angst-riddled tripe you see on "One Tree Hill." When you love the guy your girl is dating as much as you love the girl, it's the definition of "bittersweet." Whenever "Mercy Street" started trickling through the speakers of that old Grand Am, with its tender, discordant synths followed by the triangle, the atmosphere in the car was hushed. My pal turned the stereo up so loud we couldn't even hear the wind rushing through four open windows. Today, reinhabiting the boy I was, my heart swells like a sponge cake in my chest to remember how happy and at peace I was. We all knew the words by heart, had all read Anne Sexton just to better understand the song, and the unfiltered sadness we experienced from the beginning to the end of that song made us feel magnificently alive and vulnerable, and connected to each other. What I'm trying to say is, I'm never going to finish this report my boss wants by 4:30. Not with "Mercy Street" playing...


 
Trustocity, absolutely brilliant thank you for that. 
 

 Yeah, that was brilliant. brought a tear to my eye for my own memories...


melzabutch
(From the Central Coast of Oz to the Eastern Shore MD)
Posted: Nov 07, 2017 14:43
 

 clwguy wrote:
Mercy Street is one of the few songs that truly merit a 10.

Trustocity, your comment is as perfect and memorable as this song.


Trustocity wrote:
Every corporate drone in America with a used car and a mortgage was once a teenager staying out too late on a Tuesday night with a group of friends speeding down their town's main strip with the windows open and the radio loud, and when I was that teenager, "So" was the album in the tape deck. I sat in the passenger's seat with my right foot dangling out the window as my best friend drove. The girl he pined for sat in the back with the boy she was dating, my other best friend, and it felt more like a romantic triangle among true comrades from a French movie than the angst-riddled tripe you see on "One Tree Hill." When you love the guy your girl is dating as much as you love the girl, it's the definition of "bittersweet." Whenever "Mercy Street" started trickling through the speakers of that old Grand Am, with its tender, discordant synths followed by the triangle, the atmosphere in the car was hushed. My pal turned the stereo up so loud we couldn't even hear the wind rushing through four open windows. Today, reinhabiting the boy I was, my heart swells like a sponge cake in my chest to remember how happy and at peace I was. We all knew the words by heart, had all read Anne Sexton just to better understand the song, and the unfiltered sadness we experienced from the beginning to the end of that song made us feel magnificently alive and vulnerable, and connected to each other. What I'm trying to say is, I'm never going to finish this report my boss wants by 4:30. Not with "Mercy Street" playing...


 
Trustocity, absolutely brilliant thank you for that.  
Tomasni
(Sweden)
Posted: Oct 29, 2017 2:22
 

Thank you Peter Gabriel for
Mercy Street

This is 8 - Most Excellent to me      TY RP :)


nicknt
(Milan Italy)
Posted: Oct 08, 2017 5:00
 

A marvelous song for a great poet.
clwguy
Posted: Jul 08, 2017 7:42
 

Mercy Street is one of the few songs that truly merit a 10.

Trustocity, your comment is as perfect and memorable as this song.


Trustocity wrote:
Every corporate drone in America with a used car and a mortgage was once a teenager staying out too late on a Tuesday night with a group of friends speeding down their town's main strip with the windows open and the radio loud, and when I was that teenager, "So" was the album in the tape deck. I sat in the passenger's seat with my right foot dangling out the window as my best friend drove. The girl he pined for sat in the back with the boy she was dating, my other best friend, and it felt more like a romantic triangle among true comrades from a French movie than the angst-riddled tripe you see on "One Tree Hill." When you love the guy your girl is dating as much as you love the girl, it's the definition of "bittersweet." Whenever "Mercy Street" started trickling through the speakers of that old Grand Am, with its tender, discordant synths followed by the triangle, the atmosphere in the car was hushed. My pal turned the stereo up so loud we couldn't even hear the wind rushing through four open windows. Today, reinhabiting the boy I was, my heart swells like a sponge cake in my chest to remember how happy and at peace I was. We all knew the words by heart, had all read Anne Sexton just to better understand the song, and the unfiltered sadness we experienced from the beginning to the end of that song made us feel magnificently alive and vulnerable, and connected to each other. What I'm trying to say is, I'm never going to finish this report my boss wants by 4:30. Not with "Mercy Street" playing...

ImaOldman
Posted: Jun 28, 2017 14:01
 

I attended the So reunion tour at Red rocks a few years ago, magical...
netskink
(Durham, NC)
Posted: Feb 22, 2017 5:19
 

 apd wrote:


 
That was touching and very illustrative.  I could visualize the scene.
netskink
(Durham, NC)
Posted: Feb 22, 2017 5:16
 

Dao lived on Mercy St.  I miss her.
jbuhl
(Boulder,CO)
Posted: Jan 05, 2017 16:22
 

Man he captures the emotion {#Embarassed}
legacyofrob827
Posted: Dec 26, 2016 21:32
 

an awesome song with more ambience than in your eyes that i havent heard by gabriel astounding 9
hagz21
(somewhere between here and there)
Posted: Dec 10, 2016 17:18
 

One of my few 10's. Well done Mr Gabriel. Well done.
apd
(Toronto, On)
Posted: Oct 26, 2016 11:47
 

 
bump:
kcar wrote:
 Trustocity wrote:

Every corporate drone in America with a used car and a mortgage was once a teenager staying out too late on a Tuesday night with a group of friends speeding down their town's main strip with the windows open and the radio loud, and when I was that teenager, "So" was the album in the tape deck. I sat in the passenger's seat with my right foot dangling out the window as my best friend drove. The girl he pined for sat in the back with the boy she was dating, my other best friend, and it felt more like a romantic triangle among true comrades from a French movie than the angst-riddled tripe you see on "One Tree Hill." When you love the guy your girl is dating as much as you love the girl, it's the definition of "bittersweet." Whenever "Mercy Street" started trickling through the speakers of that old Grand Am, with its tender, discordant synths followed by the triangle, the atmosphere in the car was hushed. My pal turned the stereo up so loud we couldn't even hear the wind rushing through four open windows. Today, reinhabiting the boy I was, my heart swells like a sponge cake in my chest to remember how happy and at peace I was. We all knew the words by heart, had all read Anne Sexton just to better understand the song, and the unfiltered sadness we experienced from the beginning to the end of that song made us feel magnificently alive and vulnerable, and connected to each other. What I'm trying to say is, I'm never going to finish this report my boss wants by 4:30. Not with "Mercy Street" playing...


 
Screw your boss. That report was irrelevant dust before it was even finished. Hold onto memories and emotions like these. Thank you for sharing. 

 


Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Oct 11, 2016 3:48
 

Jeez, this album is 30 years old?  Where did the time go?  Where are my keys?
buddy
Posted: Sep 09, 2016 18:50
 

Some great youtube videos of this one live.
westslope
(BC desert)
Posted: Aug 24, 2016 16:47
 

This sounds even better with headphones. 
DrLex
(Belgium)
Posted: Aug 09, 2016 7:05
 

This is an easy 10.
black321
(A sunset in the desert)
Posted: Aug 09, 2016 7:04
 

L2
Blackdalhia
(Beijing)
Posted: Aug 03, 2016 5:06
 

Love this song, simply love this song. Good lyrics and emotion in his voice. 
MrsTom
Posted: Jun 22, 2016 6:59
 

Ah vintage PG - before the pretentiousness became too much for me. 
bronorb
(Wisconsin)
Posted: Apr 29, 2016 9:39
 

Truly one of the most amazing songs ever.
twoplain2sea
(By my friend Amphion.)
Posted: Apr 14, 2016 20:10
 

I love lunar rovers, boats, spaceships, and hate cars.
Skydog
(The Mitten)
Posted: Mar 28, 2016 12:16
 

 SmackDaddy wrote:
Bill, you have an unhealthy obsession with Peter Gabriel

 
and yet he never plays 'Sledgehammer' {#Wink}
dwhayslett
(Pawleys Island, SC)
Posted: Mar 28, 2016 12:15
 

 SmackDaddy wrote:
Bill, you have an unhealthy obsession with Peter Gabriel

 
This is just an issue of differing tastes.

An unhealthy obsession would be demonstrated by trying to get rid of something you don't like by mischaracterizing a ... oh. 
aspicer
(Chicago, IL)
Posted: Mar 18, 2016 9:29
 

 kicking wrote:
I can't believe it's been almost 30 years since the release of this album..

 
You CAN'T BE SERIOUS?!!  {#Cheesygrin}
nasohm1
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 16:24
 

{#Hearteyes}
kicking
(Thailand)
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 19:03
 

I can't believe it's been almost 30 years since the release of this album..
dsd
(PDX)
Posted: Nov 13, 2015 11:28
 

having bipolar family members, I grieve over those we have lost to the hell of depression.  I thank God and our technology that we are making progress in treating this stuff and keeping many alive—but we have so much more to do—not just in development of treatment, but particularly in distribution—RIP Anne 
kanga311
Posted: Nov 09, 2015 7:07
 

 SmackDaddy wrote:
Bill, you have an unhealthy obsession with Peter Gabriel

 
no such thing  {#Cheesygrin}
flodinos
(Central Sweden)
Posted: Nov 09, 2015 5:21
 

One of my first LP:s , know all sngs by heart 
peregrin
(New Zealand)
Posted: Oct 23, 2015 4:17
 

Every song on this album gives me goosebumps.

I love the story about the making of this album, his colleagues actually nailed him shut in his garden studio to force him to finish the work and not get distracted on every other project that he was conjuring up from his over fertile imagination :)

Genius
planet_lizard
(Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy)
Posted: Sep 07, 2015 13:55
 

 SmackDaddy wrote:
Bill, you have a healthy obsession with Peter Gabriel

 
8<    virtual editing scissors applied
apd
(Toronto, On)
Posted: Aug 11, 2015 15:23
 

 
good point - can't imagine Phil playing drums on this.


gjeeg wrote:
Chills
After all these years.
I know now why Peter left Genesis.
He had This to do.
They had That to do.
Too much genius in one band.

 


SmackDaddy
(San Diego)
Posted: Aug 11, 2015 10:18
 

Bill, you have an unhealthy obsession with Peter Gabriel
TEG
Posted: Jul 07, 2015 0:55
 

Words are speaking for themselves.
A complete Artist. 
Dazzerb
(Ireland)
Posted: Jun 26, 2015 5:27
 

So is one of my favourite albums ever.  
medoras
(Anastasia Island)
Posted: Apr 23, 2015 15:32
 

"So" by Peter Gabriel has never been dislodged as one of my "Top Ten" favorite albums of all time.

I even flew across the Atlantic to watch him perform it live at the O2 arena hoping that Kate Bush might just show up but alas........ 
Bluenoser
(Nova Scotia, Canada)
Posted: Apr 13, 2015 16:52
 

 fredriley wrote:

Seconded. Bosses never read reports anyway, just skimread the 'executive summary' - all else is pointless verbiage. As Bev wrote below, a post as poetic and poignant as this should be a permanent attachment to the song.

Who's Anne Sexton, and what's her connection to the song?

 
Thirded. Great story. Thanks.
 
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Apr 13, 2015 16:51
 

Who was that balding grey frosted geezer I saw recently singing this song?

Damn, he looked lot like me.


Jelani
(Home of the freak, land of the vague)
Posted: Apr 07, 2015 10:02
 

 easmann wrote:
 fredriley wrote:
...
Who's Anne Sexton, and what's her connection to the song?

Anne Sexton’s Original Poem “45 Mercy Street”: The Genesis of Peter Gabriel’s “Mercy Street”


 
Thanks for posting this, easmann.
sandpebble
(near Paradise)
Posted: Apr 07, 2015 10:02
 

 glassbrain wrote:
I gave this an "8 - Most Excellent", 'cos it is. But, if Bill had played Elbow's cover...I would have given it "9".

 
Elbow's cover would get a PSD ....so awful!


glassbrain
(Fraser Valley - British Columbia)
Posted: Mar 22, 2015 22:20
 

I gave this an "8 - Most Excellent", 'cos it is. But, if Bill had played Elbow's cover...I would have given it "9".
easmann
(standing on Zanzibar)
Posted: Feb 09, 2015 13:12
 

 fredriley wrote:
...
Who's Anne Sexton, and what's her connection to the song?

Anne Sexton’s Original Poem “45 Mercy Street”: The Genesis of Peter Gabriel’s “Mercy Street”

fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Feb 03, 2015 7:32
 

 kcar wrote:
 Trustocity wrote:

Every corporate drone in America with a used car and a mortgage was once a teenager staying out too late on a Tuesday night with a group of friends speeding down their town's main strip with the windows open and the radio loud, and when I was that teenager, "So" was the album in the tape deck. I sat in the passenger's seat with my right foot dangling out the window as my best friend drove. The girl he pined for sat in the back with the boy she was dating, my other best friend, and it felt more like a romantic triangle among true comrades from a French movie than the angst-riddled tripe you see on "One Tree Hill." When you love the guy your girl is dating as much as you love the girl, it's the definition of "bittersweet." Whenever "Mercy Street" started trickling through the speakers of that old Grand Am, with its tender, discordant synths followed by the triangle, the atmosphere in the car was hushed. My pal turned the stereo up so loud we couldn't even hear the wind rushing through four open windows. Today, reinhabiting the boy I was, my heart swells like a sponge cake in my chest to remember how happy and at peace I was. We all knew the words by heart, had all read Anne Sexton just to better understand the song, and the unfiltered sadness we experienced from the beginning to the end of that song made us feel magnificently alive and vulnerable, and connected to each other. What I'm trying to say is, I'm never going to finish this report my boss wants by 4:30. Not with "Mercy Street" playing...


 
Screw your boss. That report was irrelevant dust before it was even finished. Hold onto memories and emotions like these. Thank you for sharing. 

 
Seconded. Bosses never read reports anyway, just skimread the 'executive summary' - all else is pointless verbiage. As Bev wrote below, a post as poetic and poignant as this should be a permanent attachment to the song.

Who's Anne Sexton, and what's her connection to the song?
kcar
Posted: Dec 29, 2014 15:59
 

 Trustocity wrote:

Every corporate drone in America with a used car and a mortgage was once a teenager staying out too late on a Tuesday night with a group of friends speeding down their town's main strip with the windows open and the radio loud, and when I was that teenager, "So" was the album in the tape deck. I sat in the passenger's seat with my right foot dangling out the window as my best friend drove. The girl he pined for sat in the back with the boy she was dating, my other best friend, and it felt more like a romantic triangle among true comrades from a French movie than the angst-riddled tripe you see on "One Tree Hill." When you love the guy your girl is dating as much as you love the girl, it's the definition of "bittersweet." Whenever "Mercy Street" started trickling through the speakers of that old Grand Am, with its tender, discordant synths followed by the triangle, the atmosphere in the car was hushed. My pal turned the stereo up so loud we couldn't even hear the wind rushing through four open windows. Today, reinhabiting the boy I was, my heart swells like a sponge cake in my chest to remember how happy and at peace I was. We all knew the words by heart, had all read Anne Sexton just to better understand the song, and the unfiltered sadness we experienced from the beginning to the end of that song made us feel magnificently alive and vulnerable, and connected to each other. What I'm trying to say is, I'm never going to finish this report my boss wants by 4:30. Not with "Mercy Street" playing...


 
Screw your boss. That report was irrelevant dust before it was even finished. Hold onto memories and emotions like these. Thank you for sharing. 


Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Dec 18, 2014 16:27
 

Near the end of his great period. I miss this guy.
bmccaul
(always getting nearer to Paradise)
Posted: Dec 18, 2014 16:24
 

Love it when I get to hear two songs rated 10 in a row (Bob Dylan - Shelter from the Storm, and now, my favorite Gabriel song)!
oldsaxon
(Wales via Vancouver, BC.)
Posted: Dec 12, 2014 14:26
 

 gjeeg wrote:
Chills
After all these years.
I know now why Peter left Genesis.
He had This to do.
They had That to do.
Too much genius in one band.

 
Well said. Two good bands, two very different reasons for playing. OK...Make money is a single reason, but you can do it one way or another. 
sukhramkaur
Posted: Nov 28, 2014 10:02
 

 {#Clap}sparksfry wrote:

yes :)

 

sparksfry
Posted: Nov 11, 2014 7:11
 

 gjeeg wrote:
Chills
After all these years.
I know now why Peter left Genesis.
He had This to do.
They had That to do.
Too much genius in one band.

 
yes :)
gjeeg
(Syracuse, New York)
Posted: Nov 01, 2014 12:30
 

Chills
After all these years.
I know now why Peter left Genesis.
He had This to do.
They had That to do.
Too much genius in one band.