Auld lang syne: Does anyone else think of the people who are no longer in our lives, who leave a gaping hole?

when they hear it? The song's Scots title may be translated into English literally as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago.

I always raise a glass to the people I miss, the ones I've loved, the ones who were important to me when I hear it, and so I get a liitle emotional every time I hear it. Does anyone else think of those people we've cared about who are not here when they listen to auld lang syne?

Sorry for being a bit maudlin,

Happy and healthy new year to you and your loved ones.

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The lyrics are about a third of the way down this link:

Update 3:

Edit: The angels have the Arc Light. I'll have a wee dram for you. My Dad was from Gourock so I couldn't not listen to it. Happy new year and I hope next year you can have a real Hogmanay.

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Edit2: The Angels, Wow, I love Paolo Nutini and have some of his stuff, but I've never heard him sing like that, thank you.

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Edit: A guid Hogmanay, your version is better.

Mindlflux, that's the best version I've ever heard, so moving, bearing in mind it's the most moving song I know. Denis Lawson reading the other link made me proud to be half Scots and grateful to my Dad for all those times I thought him boring for telling me to thank my good, strong Scottish genes, to feel proud, and I am, thanks Dad.

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    Ach quine, that version would make anyone weep. Try a much better one.

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    Being at a large gathering on Hogmanay here in Scotland can be incredibly powerful. It's not maudlin, singing the auld sang is about bringing everyone present, friends and strangers alike, into one company. Scotland has a long memory, the histories and people who've shaped us can only be a part of that.

    Ill health has kept me from much this year. Missing that moment is going to be the hardest one yet.

    Source(s): The magic happens at this verse. And it is something special. Don't leave it out when you sing it. "And there’s a hand my trusty friend ! And give us a hand o’ thine ! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne."
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  • 1 decade ago

    Sorry to come in with my back-up account, but Y!A has taken a disliking to something in my original answer and won't let me repost, even the same thing.

    If you're in the UK, try this

    It's Paolo on Phil Cunningham's -Scotland's Music- series. Paolo uses the older, more 'authentic' tune. Unfortunately, BBC doesn't allow it to stream outside the UK. If they rerun the programme, it's well worth watching.


    And of course, Eddi Reader singing it at the opening of the Scottish Parliament, 2004.

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    Source(s): I also wanted to change a line in my answer that's too easily read the wrong way, instead of 'can only be a part of that' read 'can only be included' or 'can't not be a part'. :-)
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  • 3 years ago

    that is been happening hill for the final six months. various the exciting and loopy contacts I had are long long gone, Shizz, Yidiot, etc. all long gone. I not often placed up questions or solutions anymore because of the fact they are reported or deleted. I nonetheless stop by potential of to work out if something interesting is going on, even though it aint happening anymore. in line with danger issues gets extra suitable, who is conscious.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Those words are almost the Burns penned ones Nikonf5 but in the chorus it should be "my jo" and not the English translated "my dear" (listen to what Nutini sings).

    Try this one. >

    Here's an interesting sung version too. >

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes; this is a very bittersweet time of year for me.

    Happy New year to you & yours.

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  • 1 decade ago

    We come, we stay a while, we disappear. All living creatures have this sadness.

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