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Auld Lang Syne

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 jo,
For auld lang syne
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For 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.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fitt,
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine:
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
Andgie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right gude-willie waughs
For auld lang syne.

Robert Burns' International song of parting "Auld Lang Syne" is appropriately the last song from the edition of "The Rebel Ceilidh Song Book" edited by the late Angus McGilliveray. It is intended that a reprint of this splendid song book will be available for sale at the Annual National Conference of the Scottish National Party in September.

However "Auld Lang Syne" will not mark the end of the Scottish Song feature in "Flag in the Wind", as from next week, Peter D Wright will start a new series under the title "Sing A Sang At Least" - a title taken from Robert Burns ;-

 That I for poor auld Scotland's sake
Some useful plan or book could make

Or sing a sang at least .....

 The series will include songs popularised during the Scottish Folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s and will commence with the great cornkister "Bogie's Bonnie Belle" in next weeks "Flag in the Wind".


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