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A Homeless Man's Funeral

Discussion in 'True Stories, Tall Tales & B.S' started by rpecot, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. rpecot

    rpecot Well-Known Member

    I got this in an email today. I thought this would be a good place to share it...

    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."

    Apparently I'm still lost.... it's a man thing.
  2. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    I'm betting that Piper San can explain this entire thing. :wink:
  3. a Bald Cypress

    a Bald Cypress Well-Known Member

    Nope, He is still lost Jack. :lol:
  4. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    And, after we've saved the wretched soul so many times??!! Maybe he just needs a new tweeter, or tooter, or whatever it is that powers bagpipes. (Beans? Natural gas from other sources?)
    Dick, let's join hands and lead a chorus of Cumbaya for him.
  5. mike

    mike Well-Known Member

    I think it's called a chanter.

    I wonder if that's related to a rapper?

  6. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    A rapper! I can just see Piper San (aka Keith) all wrapped up in his woolen go-to-town duds, rapping out Amazing Grace. He's pretty traditional in that sort of thing.

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