The Sands Of Kuwait waltz

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X: 1
T: The Sands Of Kuwait
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
M:9/8
|:fed|A3-A3 Ada|f3-f3 e2d|G3-G3 GBd|A3-A2 f fed|
A3-A3 Ada|f3-f3 e2d|d3-d2 B def|e3-e2 f fed|
A3-A3 Ada|f3-f3 e2d|G3-G3 GBd|A3-A3 ABc|
d3-d2 B def|e3-e2 A fed|d9-|d6:|
|:fed|a3-a3 Ada|f3-f3 e2d|G3-G3 GBd|A3-A2 f fed|
a3-a3 Ada|f3-f3 e2d|d3-d2 B def|e3-e2 f fed|
a3-a3 Ada|f3-f3 e2d|G3-G3 GBd|A3-A3 ABc|
d3-d2 B def|e3-e2 A fed|d9-|d6:|

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The Sands Of Kuwait

By Gordon MacKenzie. This is a slow air for pipes. It’s not really a waltz, but counting in three feels right when playing it, although the tempo is very loose. It’s definitely not a slip jig but notating this is most convenient in 9/8. Note that the B part is identical to the A part except the long As are up an octave.

"The Sands of Kuwait" was written for Gordon MacKenzie’s colleagues in the Queen’s Own Highlanders who were killed in the first Gulf War, according to https://www.scotslanguage.com/articles/node/id/461. Apparently it was penned on one of the upturned whisky casks in the Scotsman’s Lounge on Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, according to someone in 2004 at http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95125. I’ve no idea if that last part is true, but it’s a nice story if it is.

You can listen to it at https://youtu.be/XwZbsQ4LS9I on the Face The West album, which is where I heard it, and it’s that version I’ve transcribed here.