Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope that every one had a happy and safe New Years Eve!  Since I stayed in last night, I do not have a raging hangover so that is a bonus for starting out the New Year right already!

Being New Year's Eve I of course heard the song "Auld Lang Syne"; which got me thinking about the conversation between Harry and Sally in When Harry Met Sally.
Harry:  What does this song mean? My whole life, I don’t know what this song means. I mean, ‘Should old acquaintance be forgot?’ Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances. Or does it mean that if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot them?”Well, maybe it just means that we should remember that we forgot them or something,” Sally. “Anyway, it’s about old friends."
And this, of course, got me doing some research on the song "Auld Lang Syne".
Auld Lang Syne means "times gone by".  Scotland's Robert Burns wrote the song in 1796.  Guy Lombardo and his band have been credited to making the song popular when they played it live between two radio programs just after midnight in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
I have put the lyrics below.  You have 364 days to memorize them and impress all your friends next New Year's Eve.  I have just put the 1st verse because usually that is all anyone makes it through before they need another drink.
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld 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.