#EngTrivia: Auld Lang Syne

Hello hello, fellas! It’s the last day of 2013, today. Any great plan to celebrate the occasion?

To celebrate New Year’s Eve, we’ll talk about THE most sung song for the occasion. This song is always sung on New Year’s Eve, right before the clock strikes midnight. Do you know the following song, fellas?

Yes, the title is Auld Lang Syne.

The term “Auld Lang Syne” ((ôld lng sn), baca: Auld leng sain) literally means “old long since”. It also means: long long ago, old times.

“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. It is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a farewell.

The song was originally a long poem, but internationally, most people only sing the first verse and the chorus. The lyric goes like so…

1st verse:
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

The song begins by pondering as to whether it is right that old times be forgotten. The first verse of the song is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships.
The chorus of the song is about greeting and toasting, be it with family, friends or people we’ve just knew. In the chorus, ‘We’ll take a cup of kindness yet’, relate to a drink shared by men and women to symbolize friendship.

The song invites you to recall the love and kindness of days gone by. It also gives us a sense of belonging and fellowship to take into the future.

Do you know though, the commonly sung tune is not the one Burns put the original words to. Check out the older tune sung by Lisa Lambe here in this youtube video.

Whichever tune you sing to matters not. It is the essence and meaning of the song that we should try to understand.

Let us join hands with warm hospitality and in the spirit of good will,…
… clear any trace of ill will of the old year and have a clean break to welcome the New Year on a happy note.

All admins of @EnglishTips4u wish you a Happy New Year! May the new year brings you joy, happiness and all the best things in life. XOXO

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on December 31, 2013

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