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Old 02-28-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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A homeless man's funeral

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Sounds about right for Ky.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:59 PM   #3
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:55 PM   #5
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Bruce : Do you actually play the pipes ??

Just curious.

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Old 02-28-2011, 09:50 PM   #6
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I sent this on to some co-workers and also claimed to be the piper. It only really works if you can identify with the piper, playing his heart out to a rapt audience of ditch diggers.

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As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. "


As a piper (still have the pipes but haven't played for years) I did gigs like this. Never for a septic crew, though.

I also played pipes with a Rock group in the SF Bay Area in the late sixties - there is a story there, someday.
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Did he get paid? SOMEBODY has to pay the piper.
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Bruce : Do you actually play the pipes ??

Just curious.

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Old 03-02-2011, 10:41 PM   #10
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Bruce : FYI...I've been a competitive piper for many years...

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