I’ve written here before about the Proclaimers, the greatest band in the world, bar none. Sunshine on Leith is my favourite song but there are many other very fine songs in the Proclaimers’ back catalogue, far beyond ‘I’m On My Way’, ‘Letter From America’ and ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. One of the best is ‘The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues’, from the first album ‘This Is The Story’. It’s a story song about hitching sixty miles to Kilmarnock to see Hibernian play, the journey back involving walking through the country ‘on a night when I can see with my eyes shut’. The couple of times I’ve seen the Proclaimers play, they’ve closed with it and it’s amazing live, acoustic and rousing. I remember walking along Gordon Street in Glasgow singing it last time. Not for the first time and not the last. When I’m in a good mood, most recently walking home from the bus stop after work and tramping along a seaside path, it’s often the song I reach for, particularly the verse:
‘The question doesn’t matter
The answer’s always ‘aye’
The best view of all
Is where the land meets the sky’.
Be it the seaside or crossing the Lanarkshire countryside home from Kilmarnock, that’s definitely the best view, where the land meets the sky.