2019 is just around the corner — eight days, in fact. While I don’t have traditions attached to seeing the old year out and the new year in, a good many people around the world will sing a rousing rendition of Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne in the midnight hour as an optimistic welcome to the New Year and as a sentimental tribute to the Old Year.
But did you know that Robert Burns didn’t write the poem for which he is well-known? He wrote down the lyrics to an old Scottish folk song and added to it, which is not unlike Francis Scott Key’s repurposing the tune of an English tavern ballad then adding the lyrics for the Star Spangled Banner.
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Until next year,
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