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Old 12-31-2005, 04:43 PM   #1
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Auld lang Syne

What the heck does that mean? Happy New Year? all my life sing it and ashamed I don't know what or who it is.

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Old 12-31-2005, 04:49 PM   #2
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I've heard that it is an 18th century Robert Burns song, but I don't know what those words themselves mean - good question!
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Old 12-31-2005, 05:32 PM   #3
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It was written by Robert Burns (from an earlier poem) in about 1780s. The Scots when they emigrated took the song to the far corners of the earth. It is sung (with varying amounts of original Lallans words) throughout the world. 'For auld lang syne' is accepted as meaning 'For old times, long gone'.
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 o' 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.
For auld lang syne etc.

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

Wet wa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand 'hine!
And we'll tak a richt gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, etc

This song has been part of my life since I was a very young girl. My Dad was a real Burns fan, and so am I.
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Old 12-31-2005, 05:34 PM   #4
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Thank-you Ishbel, I was really hoping that you would be able to shed more light on this subject, and indeed you did. Very cool, thank-you
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Old 12-31-2005, 05:53 PM   #5
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The Scots are like the Jewish people, we wander the face of the earth, taking our customs with us!

A guid new year tae yeese aw.
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Old 12-31-2005, 06:28 PM   #6
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Wonderful Ishbel

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The Scots are like the Jewish people, we wander the face of the earth, taking our customs with us!

A guid new year tae yeese aw.
Now I will know all the words, not just the auld lang syne. Will sing this tonite and have copy yo provided. Thanks
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Old 12-31-2005, 08:15 PM   #7
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It would be nice to know what some of it means. I understand the first verse and the chorus, but after that I'm lost.
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Old 12-31-2005, 10:42 PM   #8
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I found a website that has a translation of the the song. In the link below click on the link that says dissection of the song. What an interesting topic.

Auld Lang Syne
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Old 01-01-2006, 12:22 AM   #9
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In today's Sacramento Bee they had the song and also what it meant.Very interesting reading. Since I am a two fingered typeset I'd be here tell next year posting it.......
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Old 01-01-2006, 10:22 AM   #10
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The Wikipedia translation is pretty good!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auld_Lang_Syne#Lyrics
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