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Twa wee sangs fae Hogmanay

Looking back to 2013 — and forward to 2014

I’ll be filling out my thoughts below later,
Meanwhile, please enjoy my two songs and reload this post tomorrow to read more.

Happy New Year!

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Though the images in the slideshow above may not all come from the past year, they are all relevant to what happened during that year for me.

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Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight

Tune: The Week Before Easter (The False Bride)

Hogmanay comes around and all things are made new
And we make resolutions of what we should do
It’s a time to be faithful, a time to be true
   As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight.

As the chimes they ring out and the world forms a ring
Do we ever consider the words that we sing?
For the love we receive is the love we must bring
   As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight.

There are many who shiver in a world hard and cold
And their numbers are growing as the new year grows old
It’s a tale that’s familiar and too seldom told
   As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight.

For all friends and lovers of today and the past
May we always be constant so true love may last
   As we reach out our hands may they always hold fast
   As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight.

So let us remember as we sing out the tune
All these words have a meaning as morning comes soon
May each old acquaintance not wane like the moon
   As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight.
   Let us sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight.

It’s been a long time since

Tune: Auld Lang Syne (James Watson, 1711)

Can we regret what’s gone before
As if it never was?
Should we forget for ever more
And never mourn its loss?
     It’s been a long time since, my dear,
     It’s been a long time since.
     All time is one, when said and done
     Though it be a long time since.

Leaves fall from trees in the winter breeze
When the hills are carpet-white.
But still we know, despite the snow,
That daytime follows night.
    As daytime follows night, my dear,
     As daytime follows night.
     The scarlet sun proclaims the dawn
     As daytime follows night.

So let’s remember where we’ve been
And press it to our breast.
Tomorrow starts in the human heart
And all is for the best.
     And all is for the best, my dear,
     Yes, all is for the best.
     Each yesterday goes on its way
     And all is for the best.

The first song was recorded live at the Topic folk club, Bradford, on January 3, 2013.
The second song was recorded in my home studio, multi-tracked using Sony Vegas software, on December 2013 and January 1, 2014.
Words of both songs © Copyright Karl Dallas/EMI Music


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