For Auld Lang Syne

31 12 2008

I’m watching TV on New Years’ Eve and I was thinking about the New Years’ staple song, Auld Lang Syne.  Mainly, I was thinking about how a) I don’t know what Auld Lang Syne means, and b) I don’t know any of the words except for maybe the first two lines.  So I looked it up and found an American translation of the usual Scottish lyrics.

The song is asking if old friends and old times should be forgotten.   “Auld Lang Syne” literally translates to “old long since” but a better American English definition would be “days of long ago” or “the good old days.”  It’s taking a moment to look back at the past, at the good times that we’ve had and the good friends that we’ve shared them with that may or may not still be in our lives.  The last verse, to me, is the best of it:  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 lang syne.

So to my friends that read this that I haven’t seen in a long time, I send out a toast to you and to the good old days.

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 have 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 lang syne.

CHORUS
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