09 January, 2009

New Year's Cheer

I actually looked up the words to Auld Lang Syne, having totally failed on New Year's Moment to recall them. According to wikipedia, the English lyrics are:

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 surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
And surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS


To continue the New Year's debate: is it
(1) a song about how we SHOULD forget old times [unlikely and ungrammatical, but this is what I always think about]
(2) a song answering the question "should old times be forgot" [this probably gets my vote]
OR
(3) a song outlining the appropriate reaction IN THE CASE THAT old times are forgotten?

Thoughts?

5 comments:

spencer said...

It's about remembering the old times you had with your closest friends over a couple of draughts. I don't think it's actually asking a question.

Eremita said...

But clearly this verse

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
And surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

is in future tense.

higgy said...

"auld lang syne": the good old days

It's a song about nostalgia. Should we toast to the good old days? Yes! What a great year it was!

That's all it means.

And I'll let you know that some of us had the lyrics printed out and were singing the correct words! But I'll forgive you.

Eremita said...

I just said that *I* forgot them, not that everyone else did. If people had only known as much as I do, we'd had given a pretty short performance for those neighbors. As it is, we (you guys) rocked the block.

higgy said...

And what a performance it was. I couldn't tell if the neighbors were waving or shaking their fists at us. It'll definitely have to be repeated next year. In four part harmony.