Saturday, January 01, 2011

Auld Lang Syne: Robert Burns, In The Midnight Hour

Today is a special New Year's Day (1.1.11). It's lst January, 2011. You won't get this combination again for another 100 years.

Auld Lang Syne/Origin:
Yes, he did. Robert Burns (image) Scottish poet, wrote Auld Lang Syne in 1788, the song that you sing at a party, as the clock strikes the midnight chimes to usher a new year.

The tune is a traditional Emglish folk song called the Roud, taken from the data base of a librarian called Steve Roud who compiled the list only recently in 1993.

The words of the song, literally translated from old Scottish dialect, means Old Long Ago and is about love and friendship in times past. There are many other arrangements and interpretations of this folk song and Beethoven has one gem of a version.

Singapore tries very hard to have 'original' songs. Perhaps one of our composer could think of a version for this island. Wouldn't work would it? And in what language?
OR 2016.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld 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.

An original article
You Tube Auld Lang Syne: Mariah Carey by The Christmas Lyrics.
Information from Wikipedia and other Websites.


Lam Chun See said...

I like the song "I Understand" by Herman and the Hermits where they interposed it with Auld Lang Syne.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

I most definitely agree. A unique song that seems to break the heartstrings.

FL said...

I remember when I was in Primary 1, the teacher taught us "Auld Lang Syne" and other English tunes, poems, songs. Those years Singapore was still a colony under British rule. Of course, as a young kid then, I didn't understand much of Auld Lang Syne till I was in upper primary classes. Thanks for the posting.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

The song is beautiful and will be etched in our memory. I wonder how many people in Singapore still play it to usher anything?

Thanks for visiting again FL.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

This post has been rejuvenated for 2016. Learn the song for you might need to know the lyrics when you attend the big party countdown at Marina Bay.



why does this have to be a new year song? I love this song I like to hear it all year long it is a cool song.

A You Tube posting in September 2015.

ED JORDAN said...

I usually come to YouTube to argue but this time I just want to say, whatever your race, religion, gender or sexuality, whatever language you speak, wherever you are right now, let's all make sure that we have an amazing 2016.

Come on world, after a year of negatives, let's have a year of positives to balance things out.

A You Tube Posting from November.

RONNIE SEE said...

Keep well and wishing you and family, A Joyous Merry Christmas and A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2016 and beyond!

Have a nice evening.

Warmest RegardS.