Yes, it’s time for a little ‘Auld Lang Syne’
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 — Most everybody knows at least the first verse and chorus of that common New Year’s Eve anthem, “Auld Lang Syne” — based on an ancient folk melody with lyrics by Scottish poet Robert Burns first published in the 1780s. It’s become a staple all around the world as we welcome in the New Year and ceremoniously put the old one behind us with this song and maybe even a gentle kiss sometimes. It’s undoubtedly the best known and most enduring of the poet’s nearly 400 original songs.
Of course, we’ve Americanized the lyrics a little bit because that hard, way-back-in-the-back-of-your-throat Scottish brogue kind of sticks in our revolutionary New World craw. I mean, “And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught?” Really? (According to hymmsandcarolsofchristmas.com, it means, we’ll take a good drink or toast.)