Lyrics: Auld Lang Syne

Everybody knows the tune, but nobody knows the words. Will Smith even joked about it. No need to hum the words now.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

Chorus:

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

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

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.

Chorus

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
Frae mornin’ sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.

Chorus

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And long, long ago.

Chorus

And for long, long ago, my dear
For long, long ago,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago.

Chorus

And surely you’ll buy your pint-jug!
And surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago.

Chorus

We two have run about the hills
And pulled the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered manys the weary foot
Since long, long ago.

Chorus

We two have paddled in the stream,
From morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since long, long ago.

Chorus

And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand of yours!
And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will
For long, long ago.

Chorus

From “The History and Words of Auld Lang Syne” on Scotland.org

The Top Posts of 2016

The holidays are a time to relax and spend time with family. We risk the unpredictable nature of winter travel (and cold and flu season), clear our schedules, and take time off from work.

I’m taking the week off this week. Instead of a new post, here’s a look back at the top six posts you might have missed this year. They’re the most-read, most-shared, and most-loved posts of 2016.

Grab a warm beverage and a warm blanket and curl up with the smartphone or tablet of your choice and enjoy.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

How to be Present when You’re With Family

Five ways to keep your attention where you want it most

If you ask people to name a few of their favorite things about the holidays, “time with family” ranks consistently towards the top of most lists. The decorations, good food, and festive music are all the merrier when we can share them with the people who matter the most to us.

I started to write something here about technology bringing us together, but also making it easier than ever to be a wedge that drives us apart. There’s an element of truth to that, which makes it so easy and seductive to pile on the fist-shaking, technology-is-ruining-our-lives bandwagon.

Technology is an amplifier—it’s a tool that lets you do more. The problem is attention management. We don’t get the benefits of time with family—the deposits we’re trying to make can end up being severe withdrawals—unless we’re intentional about being giving them our attention, too.

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How to Make Gift-Giving a Breeze with Evernote

Take the stress out of giving by keeping good notes

I love Christmas! The music, the decorations, the time spent with family… it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. If there’s snow, even better.

I love the giving nature of the season, too. As a kid, you enjoy getting presents for Christmas, because that’s all you know. As you mature, the joy of giving should quickly eclipse the joy of receiving. It’s what happens naturally as we start showing consideration for others.

Selecting the right gift for someone can be a challenge. Like any task or project, this challenge can be improved by keeping good notes. Here’s how you can set up a gift-giving reference file in Evernote that will make your Christmas (or birthday) shopping a breeze.

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The Only Way They Can Insult You

No one gets under your skin without permission.

In the 1760s and 1770s, it was fashionable for English gentlemen coming of age to embark on a grand tour of Europe. When they came back, this generation of well-dressed, well-heeled, and sophisticated men was collectively referred to as “the macaroni”. The line in “Yankee Doodle” was a derisive insult. You couldn’t just stick a feather in your cap and call it fashionable or high-class, or in other words, call it macaroni.

British troops would sing the song to taunt the colonists. It didn’t work. They took the song and owned it. Instead of an effigy of scorn, Yankee Doodle became the patron saint of the fledgling nation. Today, it’s known as nothing but patriotic, if slightly confusing.

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