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Posted By: Curtis & Loretta
20-Dec-99 - 01:24 AM
Thread Name: Auld Lang Syne
Subject: Auld Lang Syne
Does anyone know the meaning and/or the background of the song Auld Lang Syne. Looked at an old thread from July, but doesn't really say much.

Auld Lang Syne

DESCRIPTION: Recognized by the first line "Should auld acquaintance be forgot" and the chorus "For auld lang syne." Two old friends meet and remember their times together, ending by taking "a cup o' kindness."
AUTHOR: Adapted by Robert Burns
EARLIEST DATE: 1797
KEYWORDS: drink friend
FOUND IN: Britain US
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Silber-FSWB, p. 381, "Auld Lang Syne" (1 text)
Fuld-WFM, pp. 115-117, "Auld Lang Syne"
DT, AULDLANG* AULDLNG2*

SAME TUNE:
Bohunkus (Old Father Grimes, Old Grimes Is Dead) (File: R428)
On Mules We Find Two Legs Behind (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 202; DT, MULEBEHD)
We Made Good Wobs Out There (Greenway-AFP, p. 182)
The Fish It Never Cackles Bout (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 156)
Notes: This is a song that Burns rewrote (the putative original is in the Digital Tradition as AULDLNG3); Fuld traces the "Should Auld Acquaintance" text to 1711 in Scots Poems. Burns's own version was published in the Scots Musical Museum in 1796/7. This had a mostly traditional first verse, with the remainder by Burns, but by error the wrong melody was printed and has become the "traditional" tune. - RBW
File: FSWB381B

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