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As a Bagpiper, I play many funeral 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




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 was opening the door to


My car, I heard one of the workers say, "Sweet Mother, I ain't never seen


Nothin like that before and I've been puttin' in septic tanks for twenty years."



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