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Auld Lang Syne or Loch Lomond for your wedding?

Updated on April 8, 2013

The Bonnie Banks 0’ Loch Lomond v Auld Lang Syne?

One of the greatest options for wedding bands, Glasgow & Edinburgh as well as for wedding couples, aside from the very important first song is which tune are you planning to end the night with. Now other than the few exceptions the option is almost often between your Big 2 - Auld lang Syne or Loch Lomond, also it occurred to me that I have been singing these two tracks over the past twenty years but have never really taken the time to look in to the roots or symbolism behind these wonderful tracks . Well there is no time as good as the present so I thought that I could reveal to you my insightful discoveries (from Wikipedia and my gran)!

The Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond

The Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond is usually the very last tune played in a wedding reception also, since this track isn't typically observed in other areas of the United kingdom, we are able to safely say that this really is exclusive to weddings in Scotland. It actually was published in 1841 in Vocal melodies of Scotland and there are numerous ideas towards the meaning of the song. There are various theories concerning the meaning of the song. Some people believe it is about a pair of jacobite highlanders captured by the English after the 1745 uprising.. The two jacobites ended up taunted by their English captors and were advised one of them could live and the other would definitely be executed. The 'low road' described the passage towards the underworld and was sung by the one who was sentenced to die. Many people believe that this version is penned to some lover who lived near the loch. An alternative interpretation might be that the song is sung by the lover of a imprisoned rebel set to be executed in London following a show trial. The heads from the executed rebels had been set upon pikes and even exhibited in every one of the cities amidst London and Glasgow in a procession along the "high road" (the most significant road), whilst the family members of the rebel jacobites travelled back down the "low road" (the ordinary road travelled by peasants and commoners). This might be a perfect song to finish your occasion for those who have hired a wedding band in Scotland!

Auld Lang Syne was in fact penned by Scotland's most famous poet, Robert Burns:

"Auld Lang Syne" started its life as a poem created by Scottish poet Robert Burns before being set to the melody of an old Scottish folk tune. Even though Burns' composition appeared to be written back in 1788, there are a few lyrics that seem to have been lifted from a previous poem courtesy of - James Watson, titled "Old Long Syne." It was not long before the track became traditional in Scotland and the rest of the UK to be a folk tune to generally be sung to rejoice along with similar event New Year, weddings in Scotland, social gatherings and so on, As many people coming from that area of the globe emigrated to to America, these people brought the culture with them that's why it grew to be routed in American society. "Auld Lang Syne" lyrics - The specific translation of "Auld Lang Syne" is undoubtedly "Old Long Since," or "Long, Long Ago." The verses talk about toasting for earlier times and all the memorable escapades embarked upon amongst pals. By far the most commonly recalled verse in the united states is most likely the opening: "Should old acquaintance be forgot / and never brought to mind? / Should old acquaintance be forgot / and days o' lang syne?". These phrases ask whether or not one can forget about the days that have elapsed along with the close friends with whom those times have been spent. Consecutive passages try to remember those days, prior to concluding with the passage:

And there’s a hand my trusty friend
And give us a hand o’ thine
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
For Auld Lang Syne

Surely I think you will have found this article intriquing, notable and handy in terms of making the decision for the last stage of your wedding in Scotland. For more information on live music for weddings please visit


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