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Robbie Burns – Auld Lang Syne

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Robbie Burns lived only 37 years and Burns Night celebrates his birth on January 25th. Burns began life as a ploughman and was going to emigrate to Jamaica to work on a plantation. He had at least 11 children (two sets of twins) and the last one was born on the day of his funeral.

He toured the Highlands, Stirlingshire and the Borders, collecting local songs and airs and is very likely Auld Lang Syne is based on a traditional  old song. Auld Lang Syne translated means .. times long past

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

CHORUS:
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 yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS
And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give me a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

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