The question it asks is clear:
Should those we knew and loved be
forgotten and never thought of?
Should old times past be forgotten?
No, says the song, the people we have known
and loved should never be forgotten.
We'll remember those times and those
people, we'll toast them now and always,
we'll keep them close. The good times we
shared, all the memories,
the good as well as the bad.
They were all in our lives for a reason.
"We'll take a cup of kindness yet."
The phrase "old acquaintance"
is important too. It's not only your close
friends and people you love, it's people you
knew even casually, and you think of them.
Acquaintance includes, your heroes,
my heroes—the Winston Churchills of life,
the ones you admire.
They're old acquaintances too.
But the interesting, more serious message
in the song is that the past is important.
We mustn't forget it,
the old has something for us."
In memory of past days. Auld lang syne.
Here's a toast to the New Year ahead, 2012.
May it be a good year for all of us!
Cheers! and Happy new Year!