For Auld Lang Syne


So you’re really going to think I fell out of reality now, I’ll risk it. As I was driving and listening to my song list, not a specific one just the one that plays all the songs a tune started and with the first strains of it the movies began to play in my mind. It was the Mannheim Steamroller version of Auld Lang Syne.

Do you remember the first time you ever sang that old tune, and wondered what the heck it meant? I remember that my parents had a record of Guy Lombardo and his orchestra playing it, along with their Les Paul and Mary Ford recordings! As with some of the old hymns, that I have afore mentioned, you listen and hear what you think is being said, so just in case you wondered, I am here to fill in the blanks. “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 take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.” 

Auld Lang Syne means  “For the sake of old times” or “And days of“.

I spent some time talking to a dear friend tonight and thought about “days gone by” for us, and a whole group of our friends. Things can never be as they were, but no one can take our memories away from us, which is a gift, for sure, but at times that very gift can bring us side effects of depression, and tug at our heart until we just want to roll into a ball and hide. So we take out our memories and look at them as if they were pictures in a photo album, and then put them away. We have to look forward into our future in order to have success. You will drive your car right off the road if you never take your eyes off the rear view mirror while driving.

Two scriptures come to mind, Isaiah 43:16-18 This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—they lie down and then can’t get up; they’re snuffed out like so many candles: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. Philippians 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. I know He has a plan for me, Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.   While the strains of Auld Lang Syne are still ringing in your ears, think of the old times, with fondness, regret, or with gladness that they are gone, but look at them one last time and tell yourself that your past is gone and you are headed for a future and a hope in Jesus!

8 Replies to “For Auld Lang Syne”

  1. Good grief, Harolene! Its not even Halloween yet!

    Thanx for the explanation, though. Remembering old times happens lots of times, not just NYE.

    I saw Dan Fogelberg sing his version live in the Pagosa Springs High School gymnasium back in ’89 I think it was. Fogelberg made his version (which is a song based on the original, but not really another version) famous a long time before that, but he wound up living in Pagosa – not far from myhome town – for many years and finally thanked that community for hosting him by putting on a show in their school.

    Anyway, I would have figured you were thinking of his song too.

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    1. I listened to several versions on YouTube and I think that may have been one. There’s another tune that’s similar also haunting. I know I know. Someone wrote and told me I should post it again on NYE. The thoughts tho were in me today driving down King Springs Road so I wrote them.
      It made me think of something else I won’t write about publicly but would love to share with you if you’re good with that? It’s on my computer and I’m in the bed writing on my phone so I will send it tomorrow unless you ask me not to do it.
      G’nite and blessings 😇


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