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January 27, 2006

A bit of a late Happy Birthday to Robert Burns. But our fellow Scots in this hamlet will parade down main street tommorrow night. Everyone wondering what is under those kilts.

First the original and then a minimialist translation

a few definitions to help you. Auld Lang Syne is roughly old long ago
surely your pint you’ll pay for
braes – hillsides
poud gowans – pulled daisies
We twa hae apidl’d in the burn – waded, stream
braid- broad
fiere -companion
gie’s a hand o thine – good will drink
and Syne is like sign not zine.
Maybe Patrick will stop by and straighten out what I have messed up.

Auld Lang Syne

Type: Poem

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 tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

Minimalist translation:

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 o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll get your pint mug !
And surely I’ll get mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the hills,
and pulled 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 swallow,
for auld lang syne.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2006 11:50 am

    Thanks, Tommy. That’s neat.

    Are you Scottish by heritage? I am. My dad’s family of long ago came from Scotland – the “Davidson clan.” My uncle and aunt have been over there several times and my son, David, in Virginia has gone to several big Scottish events there in suburban Virginis (or over in Maryland, I can’t remember which) outside of D.C.

    He looked up a bunch of stuff on Davidson history, found their plaid and sent me two sets of note cards with the Davidson info and plaid on them. It’s pretty neat.

    He’s so big into genealogy, he claims he’s traced some of my mom’s ancestry back to nearly Adam! I kid you not. Only David! That’s how he is about things.

    I’ve got all the written documentation from massive research he did for a very long time to come up with what he did and it all makes sense and sounds accurate. It’s interesting to read through and to see how he went about what he did to find what he needed.

    Of course, we ALL relate back to Adam and Eve. Brother!

    Thanks for the Auld Lang Syne lyrics. I was just thinking about Dan Fogleberg yesterday Iwhile reading David Barnett’s post) and thinking about his song he wrote (I don’t really know the name of it, just love the song) about meeting his old lover in the grocery store on New Year’s Eve, etc, and ended with it being an “Auld Lang Syne.” Know which one I’m talking about? They still play it every Christmas right before new year’s on all the radio stations.

    So, are y’all going to the parade? (Is it anything like what the Irish do in New Orleans at St. Patrick’s Day and parade while all drinking green beer and carrying green and white flowers (lots of carnations) that they give to all the ladies and girls along the parade routes and soundly kiss each one (I’ve been there before, I know).

    Some of the parades have floats and the riders throw cabbages and potatoes and carrots to parade goers.

    Only in New Orleans.

  2. January 28, 2006 4:55 pm

    In East Lansing, after important basketball games, crowds take furniture into the streets and light it on fire. This tradition isn’t Scottish, nor does it have anything to do with your post. I guess I just want a tradition that’s cool, like you and Dee.

  3. January 28, 2006 5:48 pm

    Ray –

    You are TOO funny! Tommy and I are going to have to think up one for you there in the hinterlands of the far north. That’s your FIRST problem. Partying on certain created holidays with fun events isn’t conducive in 25 degree weather and snow and such.

    That’s one thing about New Orleans – at least before. They can find more things to party about and celebrate in sometimes very creative and neat ways than any place I’ve ever seen. I sure never thought growing up I’d ever even SEE New Orleans, much less live here.

    Two days before St. Patrick’s Day on Mar. 17, is St. Joseph’s Day, which is a huge Catholic celebration, too. Ladies prepare food for weeks and weeks, if not months, before hand to spread out in lavish feasts before statues of St. Joseph and then invite everyone in who will come (I, unfortunately, have never been to one, but would like to go and see it somewhere) and let them eat all they want to their heart’s desire, just on the contingency that they will donate whatever amount they feel moved to to good works in the name of St. Joseph.

    Then there is the very neat All Saints Day every Nov. 1 which is another big holiday, when people of a lot of faiths, beginning with the Catholics, again, go to all the cemeteries to clean up, visit, remember and be together honoring all those past ancestors and family members who have gone on before. It’s quite a big deal. Very big and old tradition.

    Hope you’re having fun today and tonight, Tommy, at the parade.

    Ray – you know Tommy and I are both pretty good at coming up with and instigating and creating all sorts of things, so we’ll get to work on you a good new tradition and holiday to start there in East Lansing that doesn’t involve the destruction of furniture and other bad stuff.

    Whata ya say, Tommy? You up for that? Something REALLY cool for Ray.

  4. January 30, 2006 9:55 am

    Yes Dee I come from a marriage of two waring tribes. The Stewart’s and the Campbells. People into Scotish things find that funny. After they get through hissing at me for being part Campbell. Not a really pretty history there.

    Ray, I suggest a Messianic passover as a tradition for you.


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