As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, one song will usher in 2012 in time zonesaround the world: 's "Auld Lang Syne." Even in Burns's native Scotland, many people don't understand all the words, but that's done nothing to diminish the song's appeal.
Canadian bandleader also played an important role in popularizing "Auld Lang Syne" in North America. He adopted the song in 1929 for use in his annual New Year's Eve broadcasts on radio and television.
May the New Year find us all in better circumstances. Yeah, I get that it ain't likely. But hope springs eternal.