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Robert Frost

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Auld Lang Syne

Remember this old gem of a song? This tune is familiar to most of us and I'm sure you faked your way through the lyrics quite a few times. There are several versions of the song and I found a bit more about it on the somewhat accurate Wikipedia site. Read on.....

Robert Burns sent a copy of the original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, "The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man."  Some of the lyrics were indeed "collected" rather than composed by the poet; the ballad "Old Long Syne" printed in 1711 by James Watson shows considerable similarity in the first verse and the chorus to Burns' later poem, and is almost certainly derived from the same "old song".
Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On Old long syne.
On Old long syne my Jo,
On Old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On Old long syne.

        This is the version we generally sing here.


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
for days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my jo (friend),
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak' a cup o’ kindness yet,
for days of auld lang syne.


I've included a few favorite versions of the song on my SoundCloud playlist on the top right, scroll down if you'd like to hear other versions.

from Music Through the Year
Ring out the old, Ring in the New!

from Music Through the Year

Old Father Annum

Old Father Annum on New Year's Day
Picked up his bag of months and years,
Thrust in his hand in a careless way,
And pulled a wee fellow out by the ears.

"There you are," said he to the waiting crowd,
"He's as good as any I have in my pack,
I never can tell, but I hope to be proud
Of the little rascal when I come back."

~ Leroy F. Jackson

Happy New Year to All!

However you celebrate, I hope it is Merry and Safe!
See you all soon!


  1. I just love acapella songs, and this is beautiful, as is your post. Happy 2015 to you; thank you so much for bringing such joy on your blog. :)

  2. Well I didn't even know all the lyrics to the current version of the song. :p

    LOVE that New Year pic with the kittens.

  3. Love this post Diane! It's adorable! You always make me smile! Thanks for being such a great friend to me in 2014 and thanks for making blog land a special one ;o) Big Hugs, much love and many blessings for 2015 ;o)

  4. Thank you for the beautiful comment on my blog ;o) Please give your fur babies an extra hug from me ;o) xooxxo

  5. Such a lovely post, as always! Happy New Year, Diane. May it bring you lots of joy!

  6. Wishes to you too for a joyful Happy New Year Diane! :) Beautiful post. Love the music and the photos!

  7. Diane,
    I'm so glad you had the lyrics of this song on here because I never really knew what the words were. I like the Allie Moss version best, it's a bit more whimsical. Old Father Annun poem is delightful, and I've never heard of it before. Thank you for your friendship along the way, and I wish you peace and lots of love in the new year.


  8. Lovely images. Happy New Year to you Diane, see you in 2015!

  9. Oops Diane - his publish before I left my comment - great start to the New Year (LOL) - I love this song - never heard this first version before but it brings joy just like all the others. Have a wonderful New Year. Looking forward to many more visits with you. Hugs

  10. Happy New Year to you my friend and all the best for 2015! Hugs, Diane

  11. Love that a cappella version of Auld Lang Syne! Appears to be by StraightNoChaser, if I'm interpreting your player correctly.

    Happy New Year, Diane! May 2015 be an awesome year for you!

  12. Interesting! I didn't know the background behind it. I've never even tried to fake my way through it. Happy New Year!


Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane