Thursday, January 1, 2009

{ For Auld Lang Syne, My Dear }


Happy New Year from Lark & Lola! We wish you 365 more days of love and happiness, just like my adorable vintage postcard says.

I thought it'd be fun to share some history behind the "Auld Lang Syne" song and what that means, in case you didn't know.

Auld Lang Syne was a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in the late 1700's and was set to a traditional folk tune. The translation of 'auld lang syne' basically means "long long ago" or "old long since" and is pretty much eqivalent to us saying "Once upon a time". It's a pretty sentimental poem when you read the words to it. The word syne is pronounced in American English like the word 'sign'. It wasn't originally written to be a New Year's traditional song, but it did become a sentimental tradition to the holiday over the years. In Scotland, however, the song is usually sung at the end of a dance, when friends join hands and come together for one last song.

Here's the first verse to the song, as we Americans would sing it:

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 if you wanted to sing it in the Scottish brogue, this can help you out:

Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an nivir brocht ti mynd?
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an ald lang syn?

CHORUS:
Fir ald lang syn, ma deer,
fir ald lang syn,
Wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.
You can read more about Auld Lang Syne here, at my beloved Wikipedia. (Yes, I'm a Wikipedia junkie.)

Happy New Year! Cheers!

2 comments:

  1. I love that post card, the sentinment is sooo sweet. Auld Lang Syne is a favorite of mine, one of my resolutions is to get back in touch with old aquaintences =)

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  2. The postcard is SO beautiful! I also appreciate the history tidbit on such a traditional song :)

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