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  • good morning tickets Tuesday.

  • I'd like to tell you a story today about why I still like learning new things even though I am long out of school and don't like, need any new certificates or degrees in order to do my job in so far as I even have a job.

  • So I was thinking about the song all bling Zain recently.

  • You know, the one that goes should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind, et cetera.

  • I started reading up on it and found out that there are parts of the song that at least 400 years old.

  • But the version of all telling sign we have today comes from the great Scottish poet Robert Burns, who claimed he got it from an old man.

  • But Burns probably wrote at least three of the versus himself.

  • Originally, Burns had a different tune in mind for the song.

  • But then all the things I got grafted onto a different Scottish folk melody, and it became a popular New Year's song in Scotland.

  • And then Scottish people immigrated to Ireland in the Americas and elsewhere, and it became the world's New Year's song anyway, the first record of the song is written on the back of a letter that Burns wrote in 17 88 to a woman named Francis Dunlop Side Story.

  • Burns and Dunlop had a fascinating friendship.

  • She was almost 30 years older than him, and she once wrote him.

  • I have heard Voltaire read all his manuscript ce to an old woman and printed nothing but what she would have approved.

  • I wish you would name me to her office.

  • Burns didn't, but he did really value Mrs Dunlap's opinions and her friendship.

  • In fact, he wrote her more letters than he wrote anyone else.

  • They also had really big disagreements, including about the sexuality in Burns.

  • His work, she once wrote him in decency is below you.

  • Their biggest disagreements, though, were political.

  • And in that divisive age, as in this one, political disagreements were often personal.

  • In fact, Mrs Dunlop was so angry with Burns for his celebration of the American and French revolutions that she didn't write him for two years.

  • And then when Burns lay dying at the age of 37 he wrote her one last letter with what a biographer called the last use.

  • He made of his pen.

  • In that letter, he told Mrs Dunlop he was speedily headed for quote that born from whence no traveller returns.

  • And he said how much their friendship had meant to him and that quote the remembrance yet adds one pulse more to my poor, palpitating heart.

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  • Dunlop's kind reply was read aloud to burns just days before he died.

  • And so, at the end of his life, eight years after first writing or ATT least editing the words to Auld Lang Zain, he was still trying not to forget old acquaintances.

  • So that was all interesting and fun to learn.

  • But that is not the point of the story.

  • The point of the story is that I was thinking about Burns and Auld Lang Zain and Mrs Dunlop and her disapproval of his sexually explicit poetry.

  • And that made me wonder about the Burns poem Coming through the Rye, which was originally sung to a tune very similar to the one we now associate with Auld Lang Zain.

  • These days, that song is perhaps most famous for inspiring the title to J.

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  • Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, in which the main character, Holden Caufield, Miss.

  • Here's the lyrics to the song he hears if a body catch a body coming through the rye when the actual lyrics are, if a body meet a body coming through the rye.

  • The actual lyric is very frankly, sexual, and Holden's misinterpretation of it is really innocent.

  • He imagines a bunch of kids in a field of rye who are near a cliff, and his job is to catch them, to keep them from going over the cliff.

  • The cliff, of course, is the loss of all kinds of innocents, and Holden wants to protect these kids in a way that he himself hasn't been protected.

  • He doesn't yet get that.

  • The poem coming through the Rye is about two adults hooking up with each other because he's not ready to understand that.

  • But the social order and arguably one of the adults in his life treat him as if he is reading the actual words that Holden so profoundly misinterprets help give me a new way into the book and a new way to understand Holden's heartbreak.

  • He is a boy who is trying to hold in so much and also toe hold off so much And that is why I still like warning even at my extremely advanced age, because new warning can reshape old learning and because learning is a way of seeing connection and all the little connections across time and space are reminders to me of how deeply connected we all are, even to the fictional, even to the dead.

  • Hank, I'll see you on Friday.

good morning tickets Tuesday.

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