Nostalgic Song of the Day: “Same Auld Lang Syne”


DAN FOGELBERG | 1951-2007

Song: “Same Auld Lang Syne”
Artist: Dan Fogelberg
Year: 1981
Where I heard it: XM Channel 8

In the late 1970s and early 80s, Dan Fogelberg’s music provided the soundtrack to life, especially for those of us in our most impressionistic stages. Fogelberg passed away Sunday at the age of 56 after a three-year battle with prostate cancer, leaving a rich legacy of songwriting.

Fogelberg recorded four well-received albums, beginning with 1972’s “Home Free,” before his 1979 breakthrough album “Phoenix.” It included several hits, most notably the love song “Longer,” a #2 hit which was slow-dance heaven for those of us in our latter years of high school. It’s a staple on radio stations playing 70s and 80s music and it made him a recording sensation. But the biggest hits were yet to come: Fogelberg followed up “Phoenix” with 1981’s double-album “The Innocent Age,” which contained four of the biggest songs of that year’s charts – “Run for the Roses,” “Leader of the Band,” “Hard to Say,” and a favorite, “Same Old Lang Syne.”

“Same Old Lang Syne” was based on a chance encounter Fogelberg had with an old girlfriend. You can watch a concert version of the song here:

In the lyrics:

We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to time | Reliving in our eloquence, another ‘auld lang syne’
The beer was empty and our tongues were tired | And running out of things to say
She gave a kiss to me as I got out and I watched her drive away | Just for a moment I was back at school
And felt that old familiar pain | And as I turned to make my way back home
The snow turned in to rain…

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