Listen: Robert Burns, Lang Zayn, Bobby Burns discussed on KRLD News, Weather and Traffic
"Special from CBS News Radio. I'm Gil gross. Hear that too. It is one of the most familiar melodies in the English speaking world the words. I believe in. If we do remember them. We might not be sure what they mean should old acquaintance be got and never brought to mind should old acquaintance be forgot and days allying Zane foothold Lang sign. My foot old Lang signed. We'll take a Cup of kindness yet for old Lang Zayn old lying Zayn is sung by millions of people around the world on New Year's Eve, but not many them can explain what old Lang sign means. So how did the song we barely understand become the official song of New Year's Eve? Well, this story involves an eighteenth century Scottish, poet, Canadian big band leader. And a revolutionary new medium called the CBS radio network. It all starts back in the seventeen. Hundreds. With a Scottish poet named Robert burns, Bobby burns remains one of the world's most beloved poets, which is all the more remarkable when you consider he was raised in poverty in. A family of tenant farmers something. Like, we would now call sharecroppers his rise to fame is even more surprising because burns made the unpopular choice to write his poems in his native language, which we now call Scots English if you wanted to succeed as a writer in Scotland at that time, you were expected to write in the king's English, which became the official language of the church and the government in Scotland when Great Britain was formed at the beginning of eighteenth century uniting England Scotland and Wales into one nation ruled by the king of England. But Robert burns became a Scottish hero for refusing to Cape into societal pressure and demanded that his poetry be written in his native tongue the language of the common people after his first collection of poems became a mega hit burns began collecting and transcribing folk songs of the Scottish people and one of those songs he said he transcribed from an old, man. Singing. But burns only wrote the."