The New Year's Eve song, explained



The US associates “Auld Lang Syne” with the New Year, but not everyone does.

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After the ball drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, the crowd cheers, couples kiss, confetti flies and the song you hear is “Auld Lang Syne.” For Americans this song is associated with another year passing, but it means something else entirely in other cultures. Since the Scottish poet Robert Burns first published the words to the song in the 18th century, the melody has been adapted as a soccer ballad in the Netherlands, a graduation song in Japan, and more.

This video explains how an obscure Scottish folk tune took on new life around the world and how Guy Lombardo solidified it as the sound the US hears at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

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  1. Auld lang syne is the tune of:
    The anthem of the Korean govt in exile (before Korean War)
    Hotaru no Hikari – usually played in malls and stores to signify closure for the day, and the end of the school year (graduation).

  2. La ilahe il Allah Muhammed ResulAllah ve Dni ─░slam
    Salatu Selam Ecmain
    muhtelif fitneler, d├╝r├╝st d├╝r├╝st….
    akrbaas─▒ hagg─▒nda l├╝zumsuz kanaat eden fitneleri? babas─▒ gazi k─▒yam etmi┼č akrabam bakkal olsun g├╝m├╝┼č├ž├╝ olsun kanaati verdim eski tan─▒d─▒klar akrabas─▒ gibi kanaatler verdi fitneelri? Ali ├Ângtel kim?
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    sadece T├╝rk ─░slam oldukalr─▒ i├žin s├╝lale imha etme e─čitimi verme e─čitimi alm─▒┼č mertebesi fitneler!! milli g├╝venlik endi┼česi!!! isim soyisimlerin ele ge├žirip istilac─▒lara vermek….!!!!
    La ilahe il Allah Muhammed ResulAllah ve Dni ─░slam
    Salatu Selam Ecmain
    geleler keleler deleler zelleciler ─čelleciler hagg─▒nda:
    Muhammed(S.A.V.)'in ve Ehli beyti(R.A.)soylar─▒ndan gelenlerin imtiyazlar─▒n─▒n belirlenmesi i┼čleri fitneleri mevcut ├Âneri:
    ailelere 1:1 1:1 1:2 1:3 1:5 1:7 1:8 1:9 1:10 1:11 1:12 1:13 1:21 1:34 1:40 1:55 1:89 1:144 1:233 gelelere ilave Resuller adedince ve bilhassa ─░brahim aleyhisselam─▒n(Resul) soyundan gelmi┼č Enbiyalar adedince… ilave?
    ailelere 1:1 1:1 1:2 1:3 1:5 1:7 1:8 1:9 1:10 1:11 1:12 1:13 1:21 1:34 1:40 1:55 1:89 1:144 1:233 kelelere ilave Resuller adedince ve bilhassa ─░brahim aleyhisselam─▒n(Resul) soyundan gelmi┼č Enbiyalar adedince… ilave?
    ailelere 1:1 1:1 1:2 1:3 1:5 1:7 1:8 1:9 1:10 1:11 1:12 1:13 1:21 1:34 1:40 1:55 1:89 1:144 1:233 delelere ilave Resuller adedince ve bilhassa ─░brahim aleyhisselam─▒n(Resul) soyundan gelmi┼č Enbiyalar adedince… ilave?
    ailelere 1:1 1:1 1:2 1:3 1:5 1:7 1:8 1:9 1:10 1:11 1:12 1:13 1:21 1:34 1:40 1:55 1:89 1:144 1:233 zelleciler ilave Resuller adedince ve bilhassa ─░brahim aleyhisselam─▒n(Resul) soyundan gelmi┼č Enbiyalar adedince… ilave?
    ailelere 1:1 1:1 1:2 1:3 1:5 1:7 1:8 1:9 1:10 1:11 1:12 1:13 1:21 1:34 1:40 1:55 1:89 1:144 1:233 ─čelleciler ilave Resuller adedince ve bilhassa ─░brahim aleyhisselam─▒n(Resul) soyundan gelmi┼č Enbiyalar adedince… ilave?
    La ilahe il Allah Muhammed ResulAllah ve Dni ─░slam
    Salatu Selam Ecmain
    gardiyan hagg─▒nda
    gardiyan
    kardiyan
    dardiyan
    zardyan
    ─čardiyan
    di─čer noktal─▒lar ve iyan
    fitneleri?
    resmi olarak kabul edilmemi┼č kelimelerden g k d s─▒n─▒r ├╝st├╝ kelimeleri ├žocuklar─▒n─▒za gelenksel de─čilse ├Â─čretmemeniz daah uygun…. resmi kabull├╝ kelimelr i├žin ar─▒klanmam─▒┼č dahi olsa T.D.K. T├╝rk Dil Kurumu mesneddir ├Ânerilerinizi bildiriniz…
    La ilahe il Allah Muhammed ResulAllah ve Dni ─░slam
    Salatu Selam Ecmain
    sezar(ceasar?) hagg─▒nda
    segar
    sekar
    sedar
    sezar
    se─čar
    di─čer noktal─▒larla se()ar fitneleri?

    La ilahe il Allah Muhammed ResulAllah ve Dni ─░slam
    Salatu Selam Ecmain
    kasap ip kalp hagg─▒nda (takoz et fitneelri? kasap kelimelerinin ar─▒klanmamas─▒ fitneleri?)
    gasab gasap ib ip galb galp mertebesi ve veya civar mertebeler fitneleri?
    kasab kasap ib ip kalb kalp mertebesi ve veya civar mertebeler fitneleri?
    dasab dasap ib ip dalb dalp mertebesi ve veya civar mertebeler fitneleri?
    zasab zasap ib ip zalb zalp mertebesi ve veya civar mertebeler fitneleri?
    ─časab ─časap ib ip ─čalb ─čalp mertebesi ve veya civar mertebeler fitneleri?
    noktal─▒ harfler irtibatl─▒ ()asab ()asap ib ip ()alb ()alp mertebesi ve veya civar mertebeler fitneleri?

    La ilahe il Allah Muhammed ResulAllah ve Dni ─░slam
    Salatu Selam Ecmain
    kitap kelimesi hagg─▒nda

    gitab gitap
    kitab kitap
    ditab ditap
    zitab zitap
    ─čitab ─čitap
    di─čer noktal─▒larla ()itab, ()itap fitneleri?

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  3. Growing up, this song was never a new year song in my knowledge, this song would be sang during some departure, especially graduation from school.

    Edit, 4:14 so itÔÇÖs an Asian transition?

  4. A Bengali song sung in West Bengal, India and Bangladesh called 'Purano Sei Diner Kotha' (means memories of the good old days) written by Rabindranath Tagore is directly inspired from 'Auld Lang Syne'. Melody is little different but both songs have exact same meanings. This Bengali song is usually sung in farewell ceremonies like last day at school, collage or university.

  5. It isn't a "mixture" of Scots and English, it's simply Scots. Scots as a separate language is quite controversial, but most of the words in it are the same as English and therefore many identify it as simply a dialect of English, as that's how it developed.

  6. In French itÔÇÖs sung with similar lyrics. ItÔÇÖs only a goodbye, my brothers, itÔÇÖs only a goodbye, we will see each other again. We sing it when we are parting with people.

  7. ÓŽ¬ÓžüÓŽ░ÓŽżÓŽĘÓžő ÓŽŞÓžçÓŽç ÓŽŽÓŽ┐ÓŽĘÓžçÓŽ░ ÓŽĽÓŽąÓŽż – ÓŽĽÓŽČÓŽ┐ÓŽŚÓžüÓŽ░Óžü Rabindranath Thakur. He got inspired and influenced and wrote this song in Bengali and kept the music same. It is a well-known song of "remembering the old childhood days with friends and reuniting with them". <3

  8. For me this song signifies the end of an era as the handover of Hong Kong was performed to auld Lang syne which represented the end of the British Empire, and for a devoted Briton with a classical education it represented the end of what was once great.

  9. The UKs depature from The EU and The Withdrawal Agreement Bill beinf ratified in The European Parliament is how I found out about this song. It was a remarkable moment watching them burst into song to mark the departure.

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