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Auld Lang Syne

12/31/14


The most famous and traditional song of the New Year, Auld Lang Syne, was written in 1788 by Scotsman Robert Byrne, and it was not intended to bring in the New Year. That part was championed by band leader, Guy Lombardo, at the Roosevelt Hotel, in New York City in 1929. The song's original lyrics attempt to celebrate and remember those friendships from the past and not let them be forgotten.

 The words are really as follows; and not the slurred speech you hear on New Year's Eve.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' auld lang syne!
 
Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!
  

That's enough we don't go any farther or review the other verses because most people butcher the first few stanzas so let us leave it alone.

This was brought to great review at the New Year's Eve Ball at the Roosevelt Hotel in 1929 by Guy Lombardo and his band, the Royal Canadians. He played it just after the stroke of midnight and it was used to link two radio programs being performed that evening.

There it is, much like the world of athletics; how timing effects the outcome of an event. In this case the timing is the start of a tradition that is far into its 86th year.

Isn't it better to be lucky than good? That is a debate will continue as time rolls on. Athletics much like life illustrates that timing can be everything.

May your 2015 be filled with good health, prosperity and, of course, good timing.

Happy New Year!