The book of love is long and boring…

A lovely string-soaked version of the Magnetic Fields song, to be included on Peter Gabriel’s forthcoming covers album, Scratch My Back. The lyrics are pitch-perfect lovely and (maybe unintentionally, though I wouldn’t put it past the songwriter) capture how I often feel when reading the Old Testament. Scratch My Back will also include Gabriel’s version of my favorite pop song of all time, Paul Simon’s The Boy in the Bubble. Simon and Gabriel are close enough in the pantheon that I can’t tell whether the new version will be transcendent or redundant, but I can’t wait to hear it.

The Book of Love,” performed by Peter Gabriel, from the soundtrack to Shall We Dance?, 2004 :: via Stereogum and Very Short List

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