Label: Columbia Records Release Date: 23/2/09 Link: www.glasvegas.net/ Cutting back the gloriously epic seven-minute album version of this track to a radio edit that curtly sits at just over three minutes may have been a move necessary for radio-play and commercial marketing purposes, however leaves both potential and existing Glasvegas fans feeling as robbed as the mother of murdered Scottish teenager Kriss Donald, to whom the track is figured as an ode to. Okay, so maybe comparing a track’s editing to the murdering of a teenage boy isn’t exactly politically correct, but there is definitely an injustice at work to want to cut back the brilliant two or so minutes of fuzzy feedback that floats like mist at the ankles of James Allan’s haunting rendition of ‘You Are My Sunshine’ towards the single’s conclusion. Allan steps inside the mind of a grieving mother in the wake of her son’s death, one questioning the superficial theatrics of the funeral flowers and child-sized soccer jerseys displayed in memorandum, when clearly none of it is going to bring back “her baby”. Despite the grim lyrical subject matter, the sentiments of this track strangely do not dominate: is precisely the underhandedness of the lyrics, the ‘feeling’ that’s created, that drives much of Glasvegas’ work along. The songs are instrumentally, powerful enough to stand alone, yet they’re all backed by themes and issues, mostly provincially based, that capture one in a manner akin to the most emotive eulogies you’ve ever heard delivered, where it is not so much the words that matter; but why, and how, they’re spoken. Not all eulogies to the dead, but to what’s been lost, to what you “wish would be home by now”: people, love, sanity…as well as what remains to unite. Watch out for the second vinyl release of this single, which is set to feature Flowers & Football Tops, and Polmont On My Mind, both live versions recently recorded at Scotland’s Polmont Prison.