Auld Lang Syne

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A Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 – Auld Lang Syne – and from my research, the translation in English would mean ‘old long since’…‘times gone by’.

It is one of the best scenes of the movie Sex And The City—one of my favourites. For the times gone by, Carrie walks down all the way to the other end of the city only to be with her bestie Miranda; both are fighting depressed thoughts on the New Year’s Eve – one chooses to sleep early and the other choked up watching sentimental movies – but just after a small talk on phone changes the scenario; together they find it is easier to fight or rather block the mental demons than being all alone.

This birthday, I was to drown myself studying for my finance and marketing exams, but my dear friend Dia ensured an Auld Lang Syne moment for me – a surprise visit, cake, present, greeting and smiles. Thank you Dia for the times gone by and to the times yet to come!!!

Youtube link has captured this Auld Lang Syne moment from the movie and the song sings…

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and auld lang syne.

 

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-stoup!

And surely I’ll be mine!

And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

 

For auld lang syne, my jo,

for auld lang syne,

we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

 

We twa hae run about the braes,

and pou’d the gowans fine.

And we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,

sin’ auld lang syne.

 

For auld lang syne, my jo,

for auld lang syne,

we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

 

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,

frae morning sun till dine;

But seas between us braid hae roar’d,

sin’ auld lang syne.

 

For auld lang syne, my jo,

for auld lang syne,

we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

(Lyrics adapted partly from Wikipedia, and partly from what I could understand after three sessions of watching the scene and intently listening to the background song.)

…Ashu Bolar

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