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Days of Auld Lang Syne

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Should old acquaintance be forgot, and ne'er brought to mind, Should old acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne - Robbie Burns

Robbie Burns was a particularly handsome and entertaining Scotsman - the sort of person who made any occasion special. His Auld Lang Syne lament, published in 1788, was taken from an oral tradition in the Highlands stretching further back at least two hundred years. Thus the singing of this lament potentially dates back some five hundred years. Today we are lucky, for when it was originally sung there would often be friends and family, and children too, who might not have survived the year due to disease, accidents and conflict.

The phrase "auld lang syne" translates literally as "old long since", which can be interpreted as "days gone by". It is sung with nostalgia and hope, [...]    

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