What the hell does “Auld Lang Syne” mean, anyway?

I think it’s funny that the official (by general consensus) New Years song in the United States of America is something that most Americans don’t understand, and can only sing three or four lines from, and then mutter the rest.

This is a Scottish folk tune that dates back as far as 1677 (probably earlier) that is sprinkled with old Gaelic, and as far as most people can tell, is about “Old Lang Signs.”

Whatever that means.  No one cares – no one is sober as they sing it.  Right?

Curious, I had to research this, and it turns out the song, in a nutshell, means, “Should we forget old friends?  No.  For as time goes by, we’ll all drink a cup of kindness yet.”  It goes on to sing about even though you may be far away from old friends, at least you’re all in a pub somewhere, drinking to each other at the same time.

In 1677 they didn’t have telephones.  Instead they used widespread synchronized drinking as a sort of telepathic way to reach out to each other.  You sat at a pub and drank to old friends and knew in your heart that at that very second they were doing the same, drinking to you.

So in the spirit of that, at midnight tonight I will be raising a bottle and drinking to all my family and friends.  I wish for you a happy new year!  Let’s defy the doom and gloom news media and make it a wonderful year for everyone.

For the curious, here’s the actual lyrics to the original authentic version of Auld Lang Syne:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o’ lang syne ?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
And surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot,
Sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
And gie’s a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
For auld lang syne.

CHORUS

This is how I like it…

A Blue Marsupial tagged me to do this quiz thing…

How do I like it?  Like this:

1. Weather – I love it when it’s neither too hot nor too cold, not too wet nor too dry, and not too cloudy nor do I particularly like it cloudless.

2. Eggs – Soft boiled or scrambled with salsa.

3. Movies – I am a total fool for romantic comedies.

4. Showers – Hot.  I take hot showers.

5. Sex – Long unhurried sessions with lots of humor, exploration, and creativity.  I also tend to push the envelope on how many orgasms I can give my lover.  I think the record is 12 in about a 3 hour period, though it might have been more, because … well, you tend to lose count, or they start running into each other so that you don’t know if it’s two or one really long one with two peaks.

6. Parties – Close like-minded friends and lots of wild conversation.

7. Drinks – Craft beer, good tea, and freshly roasted coffee.

8. Hair – Mine is currently peach-fuzz short, because … well, I’m getting older, it’s getting thinner, and I’m not one to tolerate a comb-over.

9. Dates – I’m done with that.  I’ve found my forever love.

10. Kisses – Like food, water, and air, they’re something I need to survive.

11. Cars – Basic transportation, please.

12. Clothes – Levis 501 jeans are still my favorites.

13. Music – My music tastes are eclectic.  I’ll just leave it at that.

14. Bed – I like my mattress firm.

15. Airplane seat – I like it when no one is sitting up next to me.

16. Sunday afternoon – Is when I listen to Jazz.

17. Steak – Not much into red meat anymore.

18. Vacations – Road trips!

19. Coffee – Freshly roasted and ground, and my favorite beans tend to be from Costa Rica.

20. Friends – Smart smart-asses, all of them.

21. Porn – No comment.

22. Books – I write them.  Plug:  Travels by Jerry J. Davis, still available on Amazon.com.  I’m working on a new one. 

23. Workouts – Running up and down stairs, and marathon lovemaking.

24. Movie endings – I love it when they end where they begin.

25. Gadgets – My iPhone is the gadget to end all gadgets.  You can see my gadget blog at GroovyGizmo.com

26. Boobs – Love ’em!  Love everything about them.

27. Pizza – Everything on it, please.  Even anchovies.

28. Girl’s pubic hair – Have no problem with it.  Rather have hair than shaved, doesn’t bother me.
 
29. Oysters – With hot sauce.  Yum!

30. Video games – Waste of time.

31. Chicken – Thighs are my favorites.  Didn’t used to be, I used to always want the breast, but tastes change as you get older.
 
32. Milk – Vanilla Silk milk, preferably “Very Vanilla.”

33. Humor – Monty Python kind of sums it up for me.

34. Computer desktop – Prefer it tidy but it’s usually more on the cluttered side.

35. Ice cream – Ben and Jerry’s!

36. Dirty talk – Don’t mind it.  Can take it or leave it.

37. Peanut butter – Eat it by the spoonful.

38. Bagels – Love the ones with everything on it.

39. Snacks – I’m a sugaraholic, so I tend to avoid them when possible otherwise I over-indulge.

40. Women – I love women.  In particular, I love my Lady Savina.

Okay, done!  Back into retirement I go…………………