For Auld Lang Syne, My Dear

2008 is quickly passing by with 2009 on its heels, and it’s just about time to bring out the sparklers and party hats. It’s a unique time of year when looking back is just as important as looking forward, when, as the Earth turns, different cultures scream and kiss and ring in the new year in succession with one another.

Few holidays, if any, have such a widely-recognized song attached. New Year’s Eve has a theme song of sorts, and it is no doubt that each year millions will listen to the Scottish folk song, Auld Lang Syne, as they cross into the coming year.

Let Internet Archive DJ your NYE party this year with various versions of the beloved song:

  • In 2005, Comfort Stand Recordings rounded up 25 artists from around the world to create an album collecting different interpretations of Auld Lang Syne.
  • Within the collection of 78 RPMs & Cylinder Recordings, there is a 1910 recording by Frank C. Stanley that could bring a tear to the eye of the sentimental hearted.
  • The U.S. Marine Corps Band performed the traditional song which now sits in the public domain to be shared by all.
  • Scottish native Tony Cuffe offers a traditional version of Auld Lang Syne, taking listeners back to the song’s British Isle’s roots.
  • The first New Year’s broadcast on Channel 4 in 1982 included this version by The Whistlebinkies.
  • Li Cheong arranged the piece for a unique jazz piano interpretation during the 2006 New Year.
  • To further celebrate, watch this episode of The Jack Benny Program for some good cheer and laughter.

    From all of us at Internet Archive, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

    –Cara Binder