“Auld Lang Syne”

Posted on Dec 31, 2021 | No Comments

“Auld Lang Syne” translated to English literally means “old long since” or simpler yet, “old times” or “the olden days”.

What does this song mean and why do we listen to and attempt to sing it on New Year’s Eve? It may seem like a complicated tune, but it is simple, really. This Scottish derived song synonymous with New Year’s Eve,  as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, is about old friends.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

“Should old acquaintance be forgot” is a rhetorical question. The song comes to the conclusion that old acquaintances should not be forgotten but remembered & celebrated.   It is about reconnecting with old friends and thinking about old times.

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, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne

This scene in the movie, “When Harry Met Sally” explains this song perfectly, simply and sweetly. Happy New Year dear friends! May 2022 bring much joy, happiness, the blessing of friendships & beautiful memories!

♥️,  Jana



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