When she stands by the bedside of a dying Victor McLaglen and sings “auld lang syne,” it is an occasion for real tears.
auld lang syne” is Scottish-Gaelic for “old long since,” or, more idiomatically, “days gone by” or “time long past.
Take this verse by famous Scottish poet Robert Burns in his famous Scottish poem “auld lang syne.”
A traditional Scottish song, customarily sung on New Year's Eve; the title means “Time Long Past.” The words, passed down orally, were recorded by the eighteenth-century poet Robert Burns. The song begins:
Should auld [old] acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min'?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!