Monday, December 12, 2011


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"New Year's Eve hasn't been the same since Guy Lombardi died..."
Quote from the movie "While You Were Sleeping"
 Christmas will come and go in a flash.  And as we're thinking about taking down the decorations, we are also thinking about that fabulous new year's eve party coming up soon. I've always wondered about that famous song we sing to ring in the new year.  Some of us know that it was written by the famous Scotsman Robert Burns.  But it was Canadian bandleader Guy Lombardo who is credited with popularising the use of this song at New Year’s celebrations in America, through his annual broadcasts on radio and television, beginning in 1929. The song became his trademark. In addition to his live broadcasts, Lombardo recorded the song more than once. His first recording was in 1939. A later recording on 29 September 1947 was issued as a single by Decca Records
"Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

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.

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

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


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."
I find that new year's eve is a time of reflection of all that has happened this year and thinking about what we hope will happen in the year to come.  This song is asking the questions - is it right to forget about old friends/old times or should we toast and honour them in our hearts and memories?

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