Have A Cup Of Cheer My Friend

My End of Year Challenge will be to learn all the words to the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’, which is often sung at the stroke of midnight to bid farewell to the old year.  It was written by Robert Burns in 1788 as a Scottish poem, but later it was set to the tune of a traditional folk song.  This song became an American tradition and it is generally known as one of the most popular songs where nobody knows the lyrics or anything about the Auld Lang Syne meaning.  Bandleader Guy Lombardo is credited with popularizing the song.  It is fun to sing with a glass of champagne, but for many years I only sang the first few lines and mumbled my way through the rest of it.  However the newer version is much easier than the original Scottish version of this song.

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old 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 get, for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne.

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

Actually that is a bit too Scottish for me so I will learn the Modern English Translation of this song which is called ‘Times Gone By’.

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago.

For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For times gone by.

We two have paddled in the stream
From noon till dine,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since times gone by.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of thine,
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale)
For times gone by.

And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine.
And we will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by!

Written for Sammi Cox Author Aspiring Weekend Writing Prompt #35 – End of Year Challenge

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