Auld Lang Syne is one of the most widely known songs in the world. It’s the song we sing to ring in the New Year. (Be careful: this is a sing along!). It’s  is an old Scottish song, written down by Robert Burns in 1788 or so, and it’s always been a favorite. Whenever I hear the song I think of that marvelously sentimental scene images-3 from Chaplin’s Gold Rush – when we hear the melody played as we watch the New Year’s party. Tremendously sad and beautiful at the same time. Such was Chaplin’s genius. Sing along! And Happy New Year!

The staff of Bumbastories (all of us) is (are) well aware of the gloomy and pessimistic turn this blog has taken of late. You know, those Bumbastories’ pessimistic summaries of 2015 and dark predictions for 2016: those S.O.S. Predictions (the Same ol’ Same Old) were none too cheery. We’d like to say “Nay to all that neigh saying!” and hope this song will lift our hearts

“Nay to all that neigh sayng!”

just a little bit, as we “drink a cup of kindness yet” and wish everyone out there a Happy and Healthy New Year! “Cheers!”

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o’ lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
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.