To Auld Lang Syne
The new year is coming. Choruses of “Auld Lang Syne” accompany any ball drop worth watching (along with noisemakers, confetti, and sparkling beverages in long thin glasses). 10 second quiz: What does Auld Lang Syne mean, and what language is it?
Ask friends and family around you, and chances are most people don’t know, despite this song being one of the most enduring and prolific New Year traditions. So this year, you can be the know-it-all that brings in the new year by reminding all your friends that you’re smarter than them.
Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of an old folk song. The version we all sing today has been translated from its original Scottish. A literal translation would be “old long since.” A more conversational translation would be “times gone by.”
So when we all gather together and mumble our way through the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne, we’re singing an ode to lasting friendships. We’re honoring and cherishing our past. And we’re drinking to those things – that’s what the toasts are for.
Well that’s just lovely. Whether you ring in 2015 at a big blowout with everyone you know or with a few loved ones in a cozy living room, Happy New Year from the Capital Heat family to yours. We feel incredibly fortunate to have served our community since 1957, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 brings.