Thursday, December 30, 2004

Should old aquaintance be forgotten?

UPDATED: Go here for the revision.

"What does this song mean?" wonders Harry Burns to Sally Albright in that ballroom moment from the 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally."
"My whole life, I have never known what this song means. I mean, 'Should old acquaintance be forgot'? Does that mean we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot them?"

Sally can't help. But whatever the nuances, no one seems capable of forgetting this song.

A brief history of Auld Lang Syne can be found in an old David Hinckley column at the New York Daily News . It still doesn't answer the musical question Harry asked (as did I in the title), but it is interesting to read.

UPDATE: As of 28Dec06, the above link doesn't work. Try this Google search.

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