The greatest indie rock anthem about a social worker ever recorded by the most Scottish indie band you could imagine?
Just last week Glasgow’s heartbreak merchants pushed their way forward playing Geraldine on the Car iPod (I know posh right?) as it whirled through shuffle. That magnificent Phil Spector by way of Jim Reid wall of sound intro gave way to notes that go straight to the tear ducts and I started singing along.
“When your sparkle evades your soul I’ll be at your side to console, When your standing on the window ledge I’ll talk you back from the edge”
This song has always put a big smile on my face. It’s a great band playing a heartfelt tribute to good people in the least glamorous of callings. By the time we got to the second verse I noticed there were tiny tears in the corners of my eyes as I sang along.
“When you say that I’m no good and you feel like walking I need to make sure you know that’s just the Prescription talking”
I hollered louder. The music soared and surged stronger and more sincere. By the final lyric I was almost ‘proper greetin’ as I had to steel myself to keep in my lane on the dual carriage way.
“My name is Geraldine I’m your social worker”
It’s like a Mike Leigh film in the space of a pop song.