Bagpipes of the Skye Boat Song
I had a conversation with my son Daniel while listening to the Scottish song on our sound system. As the bagpipes in the background hauntingly played on – they effectively picked up the tempo, rising into a crescendo accentuated by the beat of the drums and amplified by our subwoofer…
I just couldn’t help but to be caught up in midst of it. Before long, my slang changed – taking up the nuances and manner of speaking of a Scots.
“Can ye imagine walkin’ aff intae battle listenin’ tae th’ roosin’ bags?” I began. (Translation: can you imagine walking off into battle listening to rhe rousing bagpipes?)
Daniel was grinning.
“Ah heard th’ bags lest nicht when Ah watched th’ ootlander oan tv. ye can jist hear th’ pipes reverberatin’ aroond th’ hills…..ain we don’t hae hills!”
(Translation: I heard the bagpipes last night when I watched the Outlander on tv. You can just hear the pipes reverberating around the hills…..and we don’t have hills in the house! 😂…”)
Wee gab aside – Ah am jist glad tae listen tae them an’ tae simply be taken awa’ back intae th’ highlands an’ th’ lochs whaur fowk in kilts ur th’ n’rm, nae th’ exception….