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Days of Auld Lang What?
related link: The origin of the New Year's anthem—and what it means to us.

The question it asks is clear: Should those we knew and loved be forgotten and never thought of? Should old times past be forgotten? No, says the song, they shouldn't be. We'll remember those times and those people, we'll toast them now and always, we'll keep them close. "We'll take a cup of kindness yet."
"The phrase old acquaintance is important," says my friend John Whitehead, fabled figure of the old Goldman Sachs, the Reagan State Department, and D-Day. "It's not only your close friends and people you love, it's people you knew even casually, and you think of them and it brings tears to my eyes." For him, acquaintance includes, "your heroes, my heroes—the Winston Churchills of life, the ones you admire. They're old acquaintances too.""The phrase old acquaintance is important," says my friend John Whitehead, fabled figure of the old Goldman Sachs, the Reagan State Department, and D-Day. "It's not only your close friends and people you love, it's people you knew even casually, and you think of them and it brings tears to my eyes." For him, acquaintance includes, "your heroes, my heroes—the Winston Churchills of life, the ones you admire. They're old acquaintances too."
CalGal -- Saturday, January 01, 2011 -- 02:06:55 AM -- 1383 of 1655

Comments

Harri P.:

It's actually not a New Year's song--it's a "farewell, friends" song played at the end of a traditional Scottish gathering or cèilidh, which often take place on Hogmanay.

January 01, 2011, 03:37:03 PM
CalGal:

Yes, it is a new year's song. What you mean to say is that it wasn't originally written as a new year's song.

January 01, 2011, 07:06:01 PM
TAFKA:

Hogmanay is New Year's Eve, isn't it?

January 02, 2011, 09:27:39 PM
Harri P.:

Yeah, but that still isn't the point. If you go to a cèilidh in August you'll sing "Auld Lang Syne" at the end.

January 02, 2011, 11:20:25 PM
TAFKA:

Oh, ok.

January 07, 2011, 02:49:21 AM



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