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Collection of Auld Lang Syne – Meaning – Times Long Past
History of Auld Lang Syne and Robert Burns   

Jim Malcolm        Dan Fogelberg                              Robert Burns

Dougie MacLean

In Scotish dialect  

Rod Stewart   



Guy Lombardo and Auld Lang Syne (thanks to

It’s really amusing, honestly, how many of our most famous traditions originated in rather unspectacular fashion. For instance, playing “Sweet Caroline” at Boston Red Sox games has become a Fenway Park tradition, but its origins at Fenway were as simple as “the person in charge of the music at the park saw that other teams would play it a lot, so she copied them.” On a much grander scale, that’s roughly how the song “Auld Lang Syne” has become synonymous with New Year’s Eve in the United States (and through the United States, much of the English-speaking world).

The song was first officially recorded in 1783 when the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns sent in the poem to a Scottish museum. He noted when he sent it in that it was mostly based on older Scottish songs, so while Burns often gets credit for writing the song, it is more likely that he should get credit instead for the specific arrangement that we now know today.

Anyhow, it became a popular Scottish song and it was soon used in a lot of different settings as a song to celebrate the end of something – a school year, a wedding, a funeral, all sorts of things. And so, yes, it would often get used at New Year’s, as well, as that was the ending of the year. So its origins as a New Year’s song go back to Scotland. However, there’s a whole big difference between “Scottish song that became part of a New Year’s tradition in Scotland” and the ubiquity that the song exists today. And that change was due to a Canadian band known as Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians.

Lombardo was from London, Ontario, a town founded by Scots, so he was well aware of Scottish history. When he and his band became a popular radio band in 1928, the song “Auld Lang Syne” was a song that they had done a number of times. However, Lombardo later noted an amusing reason why it became part of their regular rotation of songs, “[o]ne of his radio sponsors was Robert Burns cigars, ‘and seeing that Robert Burns wrote ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ we sort of incorporated that into our program.”

So all throughout 1928, Lombardo and his band were a hit band on the radio. They got the chance to do a New Year’s Eve show on the radio at the end of that year and they chose to use “Auld Lang Syne” as their closing song.

The following year, they were broadcast nationwide for the first time.


Guy Lombardo

It then became their closing song in ALL of their New Year’s Eve broadcasts. Here it is from 1939…

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Christmas on Saturday with everyone.  Doing lots…



And after this came presents … chaos of course.  And my phone battery died.  Alas!

The best part of today is that tomorrow will have more daylight!  The bells at St. Michael’s church sound every night at 6pm and it is pitch dark out. I get so tired at this time of year and I haven’t done much.

After my workout, I made a recycling run.  Drop off plastic bags at Kroger, batteries and light bulbs to Batteries +, paper and plastic to Worthington and it was stuffed, stuffed, stuffed.  I tried with all my might to push my one bag into the container but I had to leave it outside.  Hated that.

Finishing up third apron.

Bright spot in the day was the beautiful cloud formations.

Going to watch my weekly Longmire show and tidy up the strings and such from the aprons.

I hate this is the last season.  Really wonderful show and these last episodes have been quite surprising.

Don’t know what it is about grocery shopping, but it wears me out.  I think I might try the online shopping and picking up at curbside.  I get so tired after the unloading the 3 whole bags of groceries.  To make matters worse, I went for one item – sugar, honey or agave syrup and after getting in my car with $91 of groceries I had forgotten the sugar!!  So I guess it’s cold turkey with my tea sans sweetener.

outside treeI came home from shopping to find this tree in my neighbor’s trash so I dragged it over.  I’ll find some outdoorsy ornaments, perhaps popcorn to brighten it up.

These three families are driving me crazy.  Funny thing is that these three are also in the Johnston family that I just quit. They were driving me nuts over there.  Interesting that Jeff and Craig have this long-lost connection with people here in Columbus.  Likely not the only ones.

Found this website on the Ballard and Bland

They find the connections equally as confusing.

Must quit tonight – killing me!!

Decided to start up again and post what’s been happening.  Particularly when I want to share photos with folks.

Made two aprons and will make the third tomorrow.  If I get this down, I may make a bunch seems like a good way to use up my stash of material.

Recent photos – Annalise’s play – Junie B Jones.

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