Daily mythology: Auld Lang Syne

We often sang it, for example after every dancing. Now I learn, that it is especially sung at New Year – to bid farewell to the old year – but for funerals, graduations, etc., too. A “rite de passage”? Robert Burns wrote the lyrics in 1788, but maybe he rather collected it from old Scottish folk songs:

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld 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-stoup!
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 pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.

CHORUS

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.

CHORUS

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

CHORUS”

I remember that, when I as young and learned English I wondered about “a cup of kindness”, well, I still wonder.

We used to stand in a circle, cross the arms and hold our neighbors hands, then we moved the arms rhythmically and sang. At the end we broke the chain with the last “syne”….

This is a traditional song for the western world. What do we have here? Maybe “Ararım seni her yerde”?

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