December 27, 2007

Song: Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne is sometimes called "the song everybody knows and no one knows the lyrics". It is sung on December 31st in most English speaking countries (but not only there!) and it is a very traditional New Year's song. The lyrics were written by Scottish poet Robert Burns based on an old tune he heard, and the title - in Scottish English - means something like "times gone by".

Here's Aretha Franklin, accompanied by Billy Preston on the piano, singing her version of the song. Happy New Year!

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

For auld lang syne, my dear (my friend),
For auld lang syne.
We'll take (drink) a cup o' kindness yet,
For days of auld lang syne.

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