Auld Lang Syne is a Scots language poem written by Robert Burns in the late 18th Century and set to a traditional folk melody. It is one of the most recognizable songs around the world and is sung to commemorate both endings and new beginnings. Funerals, retirements, last call, and, of course, New Year’s Eve. In Japan, they play the melody to alert shoppers that the store is closing.
“For auld lang syne” roughly translates as “for old time’s sake.” Perhaps one last song for the road. One more cup of coffee. One more round. One more moment before time takes us along. Happy New Year from all of us at The Docket!
— Charles McGarvey, Letter from the Editor