Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Robert Burns' Auld Lang Syne (From December 31, 2012)

Statue of Scottish Poet Robert Burns in Central Park

By Robert Burns (1788) Original Scottish Gaelic Lyrics The Version Most People Sing Today
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' lang syne?
An còir seann luchd-eòlais dhol à beachd,

'S gun chuimhn' orra bhith ann?

An còir seann luchd-eòlis dhol à beachd,

'S na làithean a bha ann?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never come to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And mmmm old time?
CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
Air sgàth an tìm a bh' ann a rùin,
Air sgàth an tìm a bh' ann,
Gun gabh sinn fhathast cupan tlàth
Air sgàth an tìm a bh' ann
CHORUS:

For old acquaintance mmm, my mmm
For old lang syne,
We’ll lah lah  mmmm mmm mmmmmm
For olden times.
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
Bha sinne còmhla feadh nam bruach

A tionail neòinean annt',

Ach 's sgìth air seachran ceum ar cas

Bho'n tìm o chian a bh' ann.
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
Mmmm mmmm la la mmm mmmm?
Mmmmm mmm la la mmmmm mmmm
For odd tang stein.

CHORUS
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.

CHORUS
Bu tràth is anmoch sinn san allt

Ag iomair 's sinn nar clann,

Ach dhealaich cuantan farsainn sinn

Bho'n tìm o chian a bh' ann.

Should old acquaintance mmm la la mmmm
And never MMM mmmmm
mmm
La la mmmm mmmmmm ya te da
For old lamb wine.

CHORUS
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.

CHORUS
Mo charaid earbsach gabh mo làmh,

'S sìn fhèin do làmh a-nall,
'S gun gabh sinn,
cuach gu crìdheil làn

Air sgàth an tìm a bh'ann.
(You have got to be kidding me.)

SHOULD OLD  mmmm mmmmm la la mmmmm
Mmmmm mmmm MMM mm mmm
mmm?
LA LA mmmm la mmmm mmmm
For awl lamp twine.

CHORUS
Gu cinnteach 's leat do bharail fhèin,

'S mo bharail fhèin tha leam-s',

'S gun gabh sinn cupan caoimhneil làn

Air sgàth an tìm a bh' ann.



15 comments:

Anonymous said...

True, and oh so hysterical. This is my favorite version. Very moving, with Mairi Campbell. All all the best for the New Year to you and yours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnsTKpTLj9A
Muffy
aka Madeline

Casey said...

Thank you for an early morning laugh. Happy New Year!

Janjan said...

Very good! Have you heard James Taylor's version? It captures the sense of longing.

Chris from New Hampshire said...

The tune of "Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon" makes it sound like these are instructions preparing for an eventuality, a la "should the boat hit the iceberg..." even forgone conclusion, a la "given that we are all getting older..." The real question is of serious consideration: a la "Should we recycle" or "Should we strive to live a meaningful life." And the answer is the opposite of the implication of the tune. No, we should value old acquaintances, and reach out to them if possible, and respect the influence they had on our lives if we can't. Happy New Year, Muffy. I'll raise a glass of sparkling water to you tomorrow night (I know you don't drink!).

JSprouse said...

New friends are like silver, old ones are like gold.
Have a Happy 2013!
I'm looking forward to many good things vis a vis The Daily Prep.

Laurie said...

@ Anonymous 9:12, My favorite version as well. Looking forward to 2013 with TDP!

Anonymous said...

"(You have got to be kidding me)" brought tears of mirth to my eyes. A toast to you and yours!

~ Hilary

Brion R. Judge said...

I believe Chris that you have missed the meaning and idea behind the song entirely. The song is simply about welcoming the new year while not forgetting all the friends and memories that made the past one (and those that came before) a good one. Perhaps you missed the question mark at the end of the opening line...and then the subsequent rest of the song that answers a resounding no. I did a post about the song on my blog a couple of days ago and made sure ai knew a thing or two about it.

On a side not, all the best to you and yours in the new year Muffy, may it bring you health, wealth, passion and peace.

Best,
Brion R. Judge

Chris from New Hampshire said...

Hi Brion,

I agree with you completely. I worded my comment poorly. Cheers!

Merry Wife said...

This post is hilarious! I think this is why people find someone to kiss at midnight - so they don't have to muddle through the lyrics.

Happy New Year, Muffy!

Greenfield said...

After all the sturm und drang in the world of 2012, I think it's great to start 2013 on this lighter note! Happy New Year, MUFFY!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the laugh.

Happy New Year!

Cranky Yankee said...

A cup o’ kindness, Muffy. Happy New Year.

Kathy said...

Hilarious reading what most people sing.
Love your tumblr picture from the farm with you Dandelion? and the sheep...the sheep look as if they are wearing leggings . Photos from the farm are some of my favorites.

Happy new year

larsd4 said...

Apparently wit is a prep characteristic. Well done.