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“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish poem which is set to the tune of a traditional folk song but which was formally written by Robert  Burns in 1788. It is one of the most popular songs all over the world, especially in the English-speaking countries, where it is traditionally sung to celebrate the end of a year,  just at the stroke of midnight. It is also commonly heard at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other events.

“It is common practice that everyone joins hands with the person next to them to form a great circle around the dance floor. At the beginning of the last verse, everyone crosses their arms across their breast, so that the right hand reaches out to the neighbour on the left and vice versa. When the tune ends, everyone rushes to the middle, while still holding hands. When the circle is re-established, everyone turns under the arms to end up facing outwards with hands still joined.

In countries other than Scotland the hands are often crossed from the beginning of the song at variance with Scottish custom. The Scottish practice was demonstrated by the Queen at the Millennium Dome celebrations for the year 2000. The English press berated her for not “properly” crossing her arms, unaware that she was correctly following the Scottish tradition.”

‘The song’s Scots title may be translated into English literally as “old long since”, or more idiomatically, “long long ago”, “days gone by” or “old times”. Consequently “For auld lang syne”, as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as “for (the sake of) old times”.’ (from The Wikipedia)

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December 31, 2012 - Posted by | MUSIC

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