Take your jeely piece to Bellahouston, it will be a long day

CROSS wires is wondering if folk singer Adam McNaughton’s jeely piece adage is true and if the Papal Mass at Bellahouston will be a case in point.

News that: “It is now clear that groups arriving for the [Papal] Mass will be encouraged to arrive in Glasgow by 11am approximately… The Papal Mass will not end before 7.30pm and the Police are advising that it may take two hours for the congregation to disperse from the park’ is ringing alarm bells—and not just among the ladies of Kelvingrove and Morningside. (For more see http://www.sces.uk.com/news/2010/06/11/papal-visit-bulletin-5.html).

In 1982 there were tales of great kindness from residents near Bellahouston Park offering transport food, shelter and use of facilities to foot sore and weary but elated pilgrims. Yet if over 100,000 people are going to be in the area this year from 11am until after 9pm on September 16 the logistics are mind-boggling.

McNaughton’s Jeely Piece Song from 1960s bemoans the fact that ‘ye cannae fling pieces oot a twenty-story flat’ as ‘the odds against it reaching earth and ninety-nine to one’.

While smart Scots are likely to plan ahead so that that sustenance—both spiritual and physical—will not be an issue on the day of the Papal visit, spare a thought, and a sandwich, if you hear sections of the park singing the Jeely Piece Song (lyrics and audio link below for those who wish to prepare.)




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