Sunday Poetry – Robert Burns

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Happy New Year to everyone who visits I Prefer Reading. The weather is much calmer today after a week of heat, humidity & then 40mm of rain in a couple of hours at the end of it all. A few mild days are very welcome at this time of year.

What other song could I share today but Auld Lang Syne? It has that touch of melancholy that I always feel around New Year although while pondering this post I came across a song that’s even more melancholy than this. I had no idea that Abba released a song in 1980 called Happy New Year which is the unhappiest song I’ve heard in a very long time. Auld Lang Syne is used beautifully in one of my favourite movies, Waterloo Bridge, with Vivien Leigh & Robert Taylor. I love Eddi Reader’s CD of Burns’ songs & here she is singing Auld Lang Syne.

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.

     Chorus

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.

     Chorus

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.

     Chorus

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.

     Chorus

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