Burns Night

Of course, nobody is celebrating Burns Night with a bunch of friends this year, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t give a toast to Robert Burns with a glass of whiskey ‒ a wee dram. Or eat neeps and tatties ‒ turnips and potatoes ‒ or even haggis if you are not a vegetarian. And if you feel like it, you can take your bagpipes out of the closet and truly honor the Scottish Bard.

Bagpipes aside, this is the perfect opportunity to remember the Auld Lang Syne, one of those rare songs that are perfect for grief and tears as much as for merry celebrations:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

For days of auld lang syne

We twa hae run about the braes

And pu’d the gowans fine

But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit

Sin days of auld lang syne

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn

Frae morning sun till dine

But seas between us braid hae roar’d

Sin days of auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

For days of auld lang syne

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp

And surely I’ll be mine

And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere

And gie’s a hand o’ thine

And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught

For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne.

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