Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Auld Lang Syne?

This song always depresses me. So I decided I would figure out what this song is really saying and found a reasonable translation of it in modern day English.

"Should old friends be forgotten
and never remembered
Should old friends be forgotten
and the days they shared together

"For days now in the past, my dear
For days now in the past
We'll drink a toast of kind remembrance
For days now in the past

"You can pay for your pint tankard
and I will pay for mine
We'll drink a toast of kind remembrance
For days now in the past

"We two have run about the hillsides
and pulled wild daisies
but now we are far apart in distance
From those days now in the past

"We two have paddled in the stream
from morning until noon
but oceans now lie between us
since those days now in the past

"So take my hand, my trusty friend
and give me your hand
and we will take a hearty drink together
In memory of those days now in the past"

The song begins with the rhetorical question, "should old friends and the time spent with them be forgotten?" The answer is obviously "no."
From here, the song talks about a friendship between a woman and a man, evidently two lovers, now separated. Since "oceans now lie" between them, the friend in the last verse is someone else or him imagining his lost love is beside him, in the pub, sharing tankards of ale. I am inclined to believe the latter since the wording of the whole sing appears as if addressed to the same person.
So "Auld Lang Syne" is really the song of a lonely man trying to drown his nostalgic depression with alcohol. What a horrible way to start the new year! You are walking into the new year tipsy and looking backwards!
Remembering the good times in the past is important but what will most effect your life is what you do today and tomorrow.
Instead of making resolutions that bind you, set goals that you would like to achieve. Write them down and reflect on them throughout the year. Don't stress over them, but take whatever reasonable opportunity presents itself to bring you closer to them, and leave it all in God's hands. Step forward and trust Him with the results.

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