Tunes Tuesday: Same Auld Lang Syne

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Happy New Year from Buenos Aires! (Note: will be taking a break for two weeks while I am off backpacking in Patagonia and taking LOTS of pictures!!!)

This song is the song that inspired my holiday Tunes Tuesdays – it has been a favorite tune for a long time. Can’t you just feel the awkwardness and the snow turn into rain?

Same Auld Lang Syne

Dan Fogelberg

Met my old lover in the
grocery store
The snow was falling Christmas Eve
I stole behind her in the
frozen foods
And I touched her on the sleeve
She didn’t recognize the
face at first
But then her eyes flew
open wide
She went to hug me and she
spilled her purse
And we laughed until we cried.
We took her groceries to the
checkout stand
The food was totalled up and
We stood there lost in our
As the conversation dragged.
We went to have ourselves
a drink or two
But couldn’t find an open bar
We bought a six-pack at
the liquor store
And we drank it in her car.
We drank a toast to
We drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond
the emptiness
But neither one knew how.
She said she’d married her
an architect
Who kept her warm and safe
and dry
She would have liked to say she
loved the man
But she didn’t like to lie.
I said the years had been a
friend to her
And that her eyes were still
as blue
But in those eyes I wasn’t
sure if I saw
Doubt or gratitude.
She said she saw me in the
record stores
And that I must be doing well
I said the audience was
But the traveling was hell.
We drank a toast to
We drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond
the emptiness
But neither one knew how.
We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to time
Reliving in our eloquence
Another ‘auld lang syne’…
The beer was empty and our
tongues were tired
And running out of things to say
She gave a kiss to me as I got out
And I watched her drive away.
Just for a moment I was
back at school
And felt that old familiar pain
And as I turned to make
my way back home
The snow turned into rain —

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What do you think? What is your favorite wistful song about old times? How do you celebrate the new year?


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30 responses to “Tunes Tuesday: Same Auld Lang Syne

  1. Happy New Year… safe!

  2. Happy New Year, have fun!!!

  3. Barneysday

    One of my all-time favorites, too. Thanks for sharing this today. Have a wonderful trip!

  4. Have fun backpacking and Happy New Year!

  5. Love that song! Happy New Year to you and safe travels. I look forward to you sharing some beauty when you return.

  6. Jenni, this is one of the most melancholy songs of all time. We love Dan Fogelberg. I think he is underappreciated, even when he was in his heyday. Have a tremendous time “backpacking in Patagonia.” Even the phrase sounds like it could be a book. Safe and fun travels, BTG

  7. This song … brings me back to Pitcairn Island. The islanders sang this when we said good bye to them.
    Wonderful song – but so sad.

    Happy New Year to you.

  8. Looking forward to traveling through Patagonia with you! 🙂

  9. Have fun in Patagonia and happy new year!

  10. What a wonderful way to start the year! Have fun, a very happy and prosperous 2013, and see you when you get back! xoxoM

  11. Wow: what an awesome way to begin a new year. Enjoy and celebrate! I love this Dan Fogelberg song. Another sweet and sad favorite I love is Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

  12. Patagonia must be beautiful. Happy vacation and Happy New Year.

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