Sgt. Major Says
I say "Of course I do. Harp or pipes?"
Sgt. Major: "Our young corporal ***** was 1st of the 7th."
Me: "Garry Owen it is. When do you want it played?"
Sgt. Major: "I talked to the mother and said it should be played on the pipes when we bring him into the church."
Me: "And going out?"
Sgt. Major: "I told her that the tradition is to play 'The Skye Boat Song'."
Me: "It's not a tradition that I know of. It's just a song I started playing because it's pretty, and it made a statement to me personally. It was also one of the only songs I knew when I started playing the pipes last year."
Sgt. Major: "I'm the Command Sgt. Major of this outfit, if I say that something's a tradition it is a tradition. Am I clear?"
Me: "Yes, Sgt. Major. Perfectly clear. We'll do the traditional 'Skye Boat Song' on the way out of the chapel."
Sgt. Major: "I want to thank you for this. It means a lot to us all."
Me: "It means a lot to me too Sgt. Major. I'm proud to be able to give this service."
Sgt. Major: "It's traditional to allow the Sgt. Major to have the last word."
Me: "Hoo-rah Sgt. Major."
Sgt. Major: "Dismissed dammit." (click)