Auld Lang Syne

Saturday, December 31, AD 2011

Something for the weekend.  Auld Lang Syne sung by the incomparable Arethra Franklin.  Written by the immortal Scots poet Bobby Burns in 1788, his poem captured perfectly the grandeur of human memory as it ponders the cherished past.  It is very appropriate that it has become an essential part of New Year’s Eve celebrations.  Here is his original version:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind ?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and auld lang syne ?


For auld lang syne, my jo (or my dear),

for auld lang syne,

we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness

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.


We twa hae run about the braes,

and pu’d the gowans fine ;

But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,

sin auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl’d i’ 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 gude-willy waught,

for auld lang syne.

Translated into Sassenach:

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4 Responses to Auld Lang Syne

  • Ah, Scottish– just as hard to understand as my dad always told me! (to be fair, it probably didn’t help that his exposure was from grandfathers and great-uncles…his great grandma, too, I think)

    Another translation:
    Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
    And never brought to mind?
    Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
    And days of long ago !
    For old long ago, my dear
    For old long ago,
    We will take a cup of kindness yet
    For old long ago.
    We two have run about the hillsides
    And pulled the daisies fine,
    But we have wandered many a weary foot
    For old long ago.
    We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
    From noon until dinner time,
    But seas between us broad have roared
    Since old long ago.
    And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
    And give us a hand of yours,
    And we will take a goodwill draught (of ale)
    For old long ago!
    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 old long ago!

    I suspect love for this song tracks rather closely with love of fantasy lit.

  • Each bought his own cup and together they shared times and experiences. No wonder there’s hope for a cup of kindness when old acquaintance is remembered. Friends from time ago are still so. In 2011, ‘friend’ has taken on a whole different usage.

  • Thanks for providing a translation. Here’s a humorous take one the Scots brogue:

  • A laugh is a good way to start the year Thomas! I have enough Scots blood in me to appreciate this old Mony Python sketch:

Auld Lang Syne and Dune

Thursday, December 31, AD 2009

Auld Lang Syne from the Scottish Parliament, proving once again that most politicians cannot sing to save their souls.  At least it was done on the tax dime of the Scots and not us!  At any rate, have the happiest of New Years. 

Clan McClarey will be spending this New Year’s Eve in our traditional New Year’s Eve activities:  eating snacks, and watching Dune, a movie so bad that it is good!

Who cannot laugh at such unintenionally hilarious lines of diaglogue as :

Muad’Dib: Gurney, when the storm hits… set off the atomics. I want an opening through the entire Shield Wall. Stilgar, do we have wormsign?
Stilgar: Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen.

Paul Atreides: Father… father, the sleeper has awakened!

Piter De Vries: It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

Paul Atreides: Shield practice? Gurney… we had practice — this morning… I’m not in the mood.
Gurney Halleck: Not in the mood?! Mood’s a thing for cattle and love play… not fighting.
Paul Atreides: I’m sorry Gurney.
Gurney Halleck: Not sorry enough.

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: He who controls the spice, controls the universe!

Stilgar and the Fremen: Hmmm. Shai-hulud.

Feyd-Rautha: I will kill him!

Alia Atreides: And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!

Put into a very good mood we toast the new year with egg nog and retire.  See you all in 2010!

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9 Responses to Auld Lang Syne and Dune

  • Hilarious movie, Donald. I haven’t seen it in years. The thing I remember most about it was the complete lack of subtlety in the depiction of the houses. The good family was beautiful, noble, and always posed majestically. The bad family was decadent and covered with sores.

    Peter Jackson should be forced to remake Dune.

  • Subtlety was not Frank Herbert’s strong suit, nor intentional humor. Dune actually wasn’t a bad novel or Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. After that the novels became increasingly esoteric and unreadable.

    The film took the Dune mythos with the same seriousness that Herbert did, with disastrous and hilarious results.

  • Merry Christmas Donald, Happy New Year, and Long Live the Fighters.

  • Same to you Pinky, and may Shai Hulud never seek to camp out in your back yard!

  • Happy New Years Don (and all)!

    A Peter Jackson remake of Dune — that would be something!

  • Oh dear, I missed “Dune” somehow and I dearly love hilariously bad movies. I miss “Mystery Science Theater 3000” terribly. I’ll have to make sure to rent “Dune” from the library. Even the few snippets Donald quoted had me laughing.

    A very happy New Year to all of you!

  • Happy New Year Donna. You should pick up a copy of Dune. It is a true hoot!

  • Happy New Year Christopher. A Peter Jackson remake of Dune is something to conjure with.

  • Maud’dib is supposed to be some kind of worm-commanding desert messiah but he comes across more like Mohammad than the Messiah. Racing out of the desert to conquer, with violence and new high-tech weaponry is far less like a true Messiah than the poor babe born in a manger in an obscure West Bank town who overcomes the world.

    Star Wars had a more hopeful messiah-type with Luke despite the simplistic story telling (Episode V excepted).

    None carry the grandeur of Tolkien. Hobbits are far more messianic than Muad’dib or Jedi. Pick up your ring and carry it to Mordor; that rings of Matthew.

    Nevertheless, Dune is entertaining . . . I hope the Clan McClarey enjoyed this movie in all its over-acting drama. I hear it is much better if you take some spice and sync it up with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon 🙂

    Have a Blessed New Year