“Auld Lang Syne”-Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New!

December 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Music, Top Story

Auld Lang Syne is traditionally sung every New Years` Eve to kiss the old year goodbye, and to (b)ring in the time square ballone. One hopes that things will go a little better this next one, but the song acts as a stimulus for that remote possibility. Through the years the version that I am most familiar with is the instrumental one (with sinuous riffs) by Guy Lombardo. Starting in 1929, Guy Lombardo`s droopy take on Auld Lang Syne would pipe through millions of American radio boxes. Later the festivity was broadcast on television. I believe that I have usually heard a Decca recording, that was a single, issued on September 29th, 1947. (Wiki)

time squareThe provinence of the song is somewhat hazy (apropos for tipsy revelers), but it is clear that the lyric was compiled and composed by the Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788. Auld Lang Syne means “days gone by,” “long long ago” or “old long since.” IE that`s over with, now let`s start anew. There`s a good bit of drinkin` in Burns limerick, even intentional slurrin`? And surely ye`ll be your pint-stowp! And surely I`ll be mine! And we`ll tak a cup of kindness yet, for Auld Lang Syne. Pint-Stowp sounds liquorish?

It`s not believed that the same melody was used in Robert Burns day. I`m curious too about how the Time Square ball drop tradition got started? I have included two pics, one from a day gone by, the other more recently. I stay in on New Years Eve and just watch some TELLY! How do you spend the holiday?