Monday, December 29, 2008

~ Auld Lang Syne ~

We've all heard that song sung on New Year's Eve before. Does anyone really know the lyrics to that famous song, Auld Lang Syne? And just what does that song mean? Does anyone really know?
Well that song was written first as a poem by a Scottish poet, Robert Burns in 1796. Auld lang syne means, "old long since" and "time gone by." The song mentions if old friends and past times will be forgotten.
A bandleader Guy Lombardo is the one who made the song famous when he and his brother's started their band. They would play it at midnight on New Year's Eve as their signature piece. The first time they played Auld Lang Syne was in 1929. And ever since then, his version of Auld Lang Syne has been playing on New Year's Eve.
Here is the Scottish version that is sung on New Year's Eve;

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

The English version;

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old times since?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you 'll buy your pint cup!
And surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we've wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two hae paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there's a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o' thine!
And we'll take a right good-will draught,
for auld land syne.

So there you have it bloggy friends. While you and yours friends and families are ringing in the new year, while toasting and singing, your friends and family will be so amazed that you know all the words to "Auld Lang Syne." And you can look at them weird and say, "What, don't you know the words?"
Have a safe & happy New Year!
I'm signing off...from Peek-A-Boo Street.

6 comments:

  1. What a great post! I love it.

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  2. Thank you for the words. I have had many people asking me "who is old lang sign?" and "what does he have to do with the New Year?"

    Now that everyone is starting to find out that I am starting to homeschool my two girls in the New Year, I truly can sound that I am more than capable! Ha ha ha

    Thank you!

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  3. I loved this post. I loved it so much that I linked to it in my post this morning =) first, I hope that's ok and second, thank you for peaking my interest in another historical happening! Happy New Year Anne!

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  4. What a neat post, Anne! Now if I could just remember those words....and you KNOW that I love that header shot! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  5. Very interesting post! =)

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  6. Just wanted to check out your web site. Thank you for stopping by mine. I did take your suggestion and just made tacos.....LOL
    Thank you again
    Hugs and prayers

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