Friday, December 23, 2011

Favorite Christmas Carols, Day 12

Today's song isn't *technically* a Christmas song, but it's often sung at New Year's and I figured that was close enough. Besides, it's fantastic.

I trace my ancestry back to Germany, Ireland, England and Scotland--a typical American mutt, that's me--and I take pride in all those branches of my family. I posted the Wexford Carol a while back, which is Irish. In the Bleak Midwinter and the Coventry Carol (also previous choices) are English. Tomorrow I'll be posting a Germanic song, hint hint! Today's pick hails from good ol' Scotland.

Most of us here in the US have heard "Auld Lang Syne," though generally only the first verse. So, I've found a version that includes all the verses, with many of Robert Burns' original Scots retained. (Scots is not, contrary to what many believe, a dialect of English, but is considered its own language, having its own grammar rules, vocabulary, and distinct sentence structure, though with many similarities to English.) The sentement of the song is that, even with the passage of time, those people we've known and places we've lived remain important to us and shouldn't be forgotten. It is a celebration of life and friendship and family.


Auld Lang Syne
performed by Dougie MacLean

a few translations:

Auld Lang Syne -- Old Long Since (essentially "long, long ago")
twa -- two                                 braes -- slopes
pou'd -- pulled                          gowans -- daisie
fit -- foot                                   paidl'd -- paddled
frae -- from                              burn -- stream
dine -- dinner time                   braid hae roared -- broad have roared
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup! -- And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
And surely I'll be mine! -- And surely I'll buy mine!
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere! -- And there's a hand, my trusty friend!
And gie's a hand o’ thine! -- And give us a hand of thine!
And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught -- And we'll take a right good-will draught

1 comment:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love this. Thanks for the definitions, though. lol


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