Often Wondered; Is There A Hidden Meaning To Auld Lang Syne? What Do You Think?

By Latest Reply 2009-01-04 14:50:36 -0600
Started 2009-01-04 07:00:54 -0600

A traditional Scottish song, customarily sung on New Year's Eve; the title means “Time Long Past.” The words, passed down orally, were recorded by the eighteenth-century poet Robert Burns. The song begins:

Should auld [old] acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to min'?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne!

I did a web search on answer.com and came up with quite a bit of information on this, but to me it simply means, Remember your old friends, as well as new. And remember those days as well. I try to. For me, not so good remembering the old days, but if I look past that into the 1800's, I think I would have loved to have lived than, gardening my own food, wearing long prairie dresses and bonnets. I don't know everything about that time is appealing to me. And wouldn't you like to barter for your medicine, a sack of flour or a chicken, for some medicine or firewood. I would love to go back to bartering. I think those people had the right idea about how to acquire the things they need. Simply trade for something you need, with something they need. Sort of like our volunteer services. But we don't do anything like that for special needs. However, I think we do that with other countries. but now, it is all about the money.

3 replies

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-04 14:50:36 -0600 Report

ahh! the ghosts of christmas past! all the years, when they were new! the people that i've known and loved, who are"gone " from me now. the sweet sorrow of remembrances! loves fragrant embrace! how it follows me down through the years, alas, gone away, gone away!

2009-01-04 14:40:13 -0600 Report

It never occured to me to google this song and find out it's meaning. To mean, it just means leave the past behind and look forward to the future.

Anonymous 2009-01-04 11:58:55 -0600 Report

I always thought it meant forget the past year and look forward to the coming one. Wow thanks for the info.