Happy New Year

If you’re in England, you will already be celebrating the New Year and singing through Auld Lang Syne, where the words “should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind” is particularly poignant and significant for me this year.

There are still a few more hours until I will be singing this tune to Will, here in Peru. We have the traditional yellow garlands that they use here and although the town has been very quiet all day, you can feel the anticipation for the symphony of illegal fireworks in the purple-pink summer skies.

Nurse Cesar is with him all night, giving his expert care and attendance until shift change tomorrow evening, and he will witness me and Denise singing Auld Lang Syne to him at midnight!

And ther’s a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Wishing you a happy, loving and prosperous 2017.

If you need the lyrics for the whole of Auld Lang Syne, here they are!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu’d the gowans fine.
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne,
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld ang syne.
We twa hae sported i’ the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And ther’s a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

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