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Saturday, December 31, 2005

A year ago I posted the complete Burns text of “Auld Lang Syne.” Some while ago I came across this post by linguist Geoffrey Nunberg on the inscrutability of Burns’s poem. According to Wikipedia, Guy Lombardo’s playing of the song, sweet as it is, didn’t introduce the song to the U.S. as a New Year’s tradition, it being sung in Massachusetts at least as early as 1896. Most people agree that Lombardo did popularize the tradition. I’d be curious to hear any recordings earlier than Lombardo’s, should they exist.

All I know for sure is, it’s a pretty song, and here’s hoping for a Happy New Year for us all.

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