Auld Lang Syne Dougie MacLean version (With Lyrics and English Translation)
We all sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight on December 31 but what are the lyrics? Most people don't know that it is a Scottish poem written in 1788 by Robert Burns and later set to the music of a folk song. I've put in the English translation. This version of the song is by Dougie MacLean and is one of my favorite interpretations.
Update Dec 31 2019 - I posted this video exactly 8 year ago today. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe 2020!
Many have sent me personal messages from around the world saying that they come back to this video every December 31. Thank you for joining me in ringing in the new year of 2020 ….. and a new decade!
2019 was quite a year with trade wars, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, and protests for democracy from South America to Hong Kong. The Emperor of Japan abdicates for the first time in 200 years. Notre Dame Cathedral, wildfires in California and Brazil, the Mueller Report, impeachment in America, goodbye Theresa and hello Boris… Brexit for realsies this time! We have experienced personal, national and international challenges and victories. But somehow through it all we continue to live, love and carry on.
From 8 years of comments on this video I now know why this song has lasted over 200 years. It's about our connection with others. The kind of connection that binds you to someone forever: loyalty, friendship, kindness, love; Even though that person might not be with you anymore. It's about the human spirit's ability to hope for the future while enduring rough times by remembering these precious human attributes.
Please, before you move to another video, take 10 seconds of silence to think of the people who have helped you become who you are, those who have cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life.
Thank you for your comments and all the well wishes and blessings you have sent to me over these past 8 years.
As we ring in 2020 remember to take a cup of kindness for the days of auld lang syne.