Mother Glasgow by Michael Marra has always been a song that encapsulates my love for Glasgow. Whenever I’m away it's a song that makes me homesick; whenever I’m here it makes me appreciate what is on my door step.
However, in the last year I have felt let down by the city I love. Glasgow has dark history lurking beneath it’s jovial city slogans. Only recently I discovered how much the city flourished through it’s involvement in the slave trade.
“The Second City of The Empire”
I have entered a sequel to Marra’s song that encompasses the values of Honesty, Preservation of Public Image and Sense Of Belonging.
Glasgow has not been honest regarding the horrors of it’s past. It is clutching to an image of innocence and friendliness that it feels would be tarnished with a transparent discussion on it’s involvement in slavery. These factors have gravely damaged my admiration and sense of belonging to this city. I now hold a deep sense anger and resentment towards Glasgow, but it will always in my heart. These oscillating emotions often occur between young men and their own fathers. Hence the title of the song.