Clark Borrowing

The City of Knoxville Special Events Office invited me to emcee the New Year’s Eve ball drop and countdown to 2014 on Market Square. Obviously, I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to emulate, in a small way, the famous deejays who have emceed similar events on a national level.

Here is their itinerary for Tuesday, December 31, 2013:

  • Ice skating on the Holidays on Ice skating rink from 1:00 p.m. until midnight
  • Festival foods and face painting available at the ice rink
  • Music on the Square beginning at 11:00 p.m., with a big screen showing events from 2013
  • Countdown beginning at 11:59 p.m., with a ball drop and fireworks
  • Join in the singing of “Auld Lang Syne” following the fireworks

I’m fairly confident in my ability to count backwards from sixty. However, I do need to bring along a copy of the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne.”

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.


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