I couldn’t agree more. A friend bought me “White Ladder” as a birthday gift when it came out. It’s a great album, but that was the song that most grabbed me. I also couldn’t believe it was a Soft Cell tune, and I really don’t care for the original. Gray’s cover reminds me of some of Van Morrison’s long, poetic “rambles” (and I mean that in a complimentary fashion), like his “Sweet Thing”. I saw David Gray open for Shawn Colvin many years ago (like, 10) and I was duly impressed. Great stuff.