The bagpipes make a canny sound

that make your head go round and round.

Or could it be the whisky's touch

that makes it happen quite so much?

I canna tell if the truth be known,

for when I hear that dreadful groan

I always reach for liquid solace

and suffer more than William Wallace.




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Mon 6th May 2019 21:27

Blimey, what a long title will do, a cheap and nasty trick of course, but quite common. This little poem wot I wrote was done some time ago as a sort of joke. I like the uilean pipes but can do without the Scottish ones, although massed pipes and drums can be quite stirring if done well. I remember on the New years eve 1999 I worked with not one but six pipers all in one hotel.

Thanks Brian, you couldn't make that up! Imagine an Arab playing bagpipes.

Dorothy, not a closet enthusiast surely. You're not alone, don't worry.

Thanks Don, I am on safe ground then! I think humorous poetry is always most effective in rhyme form.

Trevor, I know what you mean - and also I dislike politicians droning on. Thanks.

Hi Stu, a certain inevitability there I suspect. To interest add stentorian....

Thanks Jennifer, another variation on the theme of the Highlands, aye and a fine one too, i'll be bound. The title was actually spelt that way as a colloquial trick to make it more farcical, but thanks , no problem.

With your story to add to the complexities Kevin we could write a soliloquoy of the art. That sounds like a ploy to draw fire. Horrible sound to wake up to for sure.

Wow Jason, freedom comes at a heavy price, like paradise ( post bagpipes) thanks.

David, fascinating stuff ..true Scottish humour in that comment. I'm almost seeing Billy Connolly . That's a really appropriate point about the origin of the chanters. Frankly I never before made a connection, so thank you for enlightening me. It's all part of the Balmoral effect now.

I'm most gratified to get so much reaction to this. Next week I shall mainly be featuring the cor anglais - or not.

Andy, Philip, Randy and Lisa thanks so much for reading and liking.


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Jason Bayliss

Sun 5th May 2019 08:04



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kJ Walker

Sun 5th May 2019 06:54

There used to be an old pipe major who played in the town centre in Doncaster. You'd often see him playing outside people's houses at death-o'clock in the morning. I assumed he'd been sent there out of malice.

He was one of the town's characters, and I miss seeing him now

Cheers Kevin

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jennifer Malden

Sat 4th May 2019 18:55

Really funny! Have to confess (being Scottish) that I like a pipe band,
as Dorothy says, they look great, and strut along, testosterone boiling over,but single pipers only in small doses! I would have thought 'the peeps were pulled' was something quite different! Just to be nitpicking, shouldn't it be 'which I wrote, or that I wrote'? Just being bossy as usual.


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Stu Buck

Sat 4th May 2019 16:38

went to a hogmanay many years ago where the peeps were pulled. certainly an interesting sound.

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Trevor Alexander

Sat 4th May 2019 11:47

I'm quite ambivalent about bagpipes. Sometimes I sort of like them, whilst at other times I wonder who's strangling a cat!

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Don Matthews

Sat 4th May 2019 00:06

I never thought I'd see the day
A rhymer hiding in our Ray
Surprises they will never cease
I will admit it does me please ?

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Fri 3rd May 2019 19:50

I have a terrible confession - I am going to have to whisper it - i like bagpipes - I like men in kilts with sporrans and dirks. i like the way they swagger and strut.

Am I going to get kicked of WoL?

I shall creep away now and seek solace in a chocolate egg.

Dorothy ?

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Brian Maryon

Fri 3rd May 2019 18:38

Whilst travelling in Europe by train for a month in 1972 I met a young Scotsman similarly travelling and carrying his bagpipes with him. He nearly got them stolen in Dusseldorf and had to chase an Arab down the platform!

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