Auld Lang Syne
December 27, 2010
What does that really mean anyway? For years, I have sung that song on New Year’s Eve, and I haven’t the foggiest idea what I am singing about. And, I am not the only one. According to a wonderful article from the Chicago Tribune in 1995 (found on the Mid-Continent databases), barely anyone does. Well, I’m here to change that. Scottish (makes sense) poet Robert Burns is listed as the lyricist in late 1700’s, but Guy Lombardo is readily credited as the man who made the song popular in the US. "Auld Lang Syne" actually means "old long since". If that doesn’t help, just stick with Meg Ryan’s description from When Harry Met Sally, "it’s about old friends."
For more information, check out this article.
Here’s to a fabulous New Year's singing at the top of your lungs…even if you don’t know what you are saying. Be safe and have fun!
Blue Springs North Branch