December 31, 2017

Should auld acquaintance — and 2017 — be forgot?

Guy Lombardo - Auld Lang Syne-8x6


“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.”

       Robert Burns (1759-1796)
       Scottish poet
       The best known lines from his poem “Auld Lang Syne” (1788), which actually mean that old acquaintances should not be forgotten, they should be remembered and thought of fondly. 
       These lines were popularized by Guy Lombardo's musical version, but most people can’t remember the rest of the lyrics. In case you want to have them on hand on New Year’s Eve or read the backstory on the poem and the song, see this post on my This Day in Quotes site.

2017 2018 New Year's cartoon


“Should 2017 be forgot and never brought to mind?...To start it off right we hired a buffalo chicken drummy that fell into a pile of cat hair to be the captain of the ship. Ok, yes! We let the people around us feel like second-class citizens and inhuman. We let families and children and POC and women wonder if anyone gives a shit about them or if all along we’ve been pretending at some semblance of openness and equality. Great, sounds good! And that was only in January alone! There isn’t enough time in well hey, a year, to write about how it only continued to get more wonderful from there. It was like a scene from a movie after a bomb goes off and everyone wanders around the charred landscape while pieces of burnt wood fall from on high and embers rain from the sky. Just when you thought one more bad thing couldn’t happen, somebody finds a hidden landmine and the whole thing just goes up in smoke again.”
       Quinn Angelique
       American blogger
       Expressing what many people feel about 2017 in a post on the Medium website, December 26, 2017

Mickey Rooney I.E. An Autobiography


“What bothers me are friends, or perhaps acquaintances, who in rough times turn out to be non-acquaintances. I'm going to write a song about their approach. You probably know the melody:
   Should non-acquaintance be forgot
   And never brought to mind
   Should non-acquaintance be forgot
   Or kicked in their behind?”

       Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)
       American actor
       In his book I.E. An Autobiography (1965)



“Let drinking customs be forgot
And never brought to mind.
Come, moderate drinkers, topers, sots,
And leave your cups behind.”

       Henry Lee (1911-1993)
       American journalist and author              
       Quoting an old Temperance Movement song in his book How Dry We Were: Prohibition Revisited (1963)            

Teddy Roosevelt temperance cartoon-8x6


“Can abstinence be now forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Can abstinence be now forgot,
And mercy to mankind.”

       Lyrics from the song “Poured Out By Hands Divine,” in The Standard Book of Song for Temperance Meetings (1883)

Be forgot meme


“Your new, bed-related acquaintances should probably be forgot, and never brought to mind. Not that you remember them anyway.”
        New Year's meme created by WildRumpus on the site             

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