Met my old lover in the grocery store
The snow was falling Christmas Eve
I stood behind her in the frozen foods
And I touched her on the sleeve

She didn't recognize the face at first
But then her eyes flew open wide
She went to hug me and she spilled her purse
And we laughed until we cried

We took her groceries to the check out stand
The food was totaled up and bagged
We stood there lost in our embarrassment
As the conversation lagged

We went to have ourselves a drink or two
But couldn't find an open bar
We bought a six-pack at the liquor store
And we drank it in her car

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
We tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how

She said she's married her an architect
Who kept her warm and safe and dry
She would have liked to say she loved the man
But she didn't like to lie

I said the years had been a friend to her
And that her eyes were still as blue
But in those eyes I wasn't sure if I saw
Doubt or gratitude

She said she saw me in the record stores
And that I must be doing well
I said the audience was heavenly
But the traveling was Hell

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
We tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how

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 into rain

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Same Old Lang Syne Lyrics as written by Dan Fogelberg

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  • +4
    General Comment"we tried to reach beyond the emptiness, but neither one knew how."
    He's talking about what was left after they parted ways. The emptiness between them. They didn't know how to build the bridge again, basically. They didn't know how to reconnect...

    That's what I think the song's about, is the awkwardness in trying to reconnect...
    "She went to hug me and she spilled her purse."
    "The conversation dragged."
    "Bought a six-pack at the liquor store and we drank it in her car."

    I've always loved this song so incredibly much. It never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
    On a trip with some friends, I ended up hanging out with an old lover, and we had a similar situation.

    "She said she'd married her an architect, who kept her warm and safe and dry. She would have liked to say she loved the man, but she didn't like to lie."
    This is almost exactly the same as when I told him about the boyfriend I had at the time. I was like "yeah, we live together..." *sigh*

    Ha, sorry, songmeanings and I always end up telling my own personal stories here. LOL.

    I think the meaning of the song is quite clear. The writing in this song is amazing though.

    - Linds
    sapphireskieson April 01, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis is actually a true story. As he is from my home town, there was a story about this with the girl this was written about. Check it out:…
    Hurk24on December 24, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song and what a storyteller he was. Dan left this world much too soon. He was immensely talented and every single one of his songs is a gem. This still brings tears to my eyes.
    louichanon September 26, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentRE: What does everyone make of the ending when "the snow turned into rain?"
    To me, the rain at the end of the song is a metaphor for tears. She leaves, he turns to make his way back home, and he starts to cry.
    ROLRon September 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always hear song during xmas since it takes place during that time but its really a love song for any time of the year.

    I once ran into an ex of mine and afterwards this song poped into my mind. sometimes the pain never goes away and sometimes you dont remember it till you see that person again.
    poohblueskyon July 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI start to tear up just hearing that piano part at the beginning.

    This song and Hari Chapin's "Taxi" are both very similar. You run into an old lover under different circumstances and think about the old times.

    So sweet...awesome song!!!
    jersey73on March 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Auld lang syne" translates roughly to "Times long gone" in Scottish.
    DAS JETSon January 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, to be more specific, "Auld lang syne" is a Scots (not Scottish, as that usually implies Gaelic) phrase, meaning literally "old long since"

    Anywho... this is defiantly an awesome love song.
    Kiiaon December 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat does everyone make of the ending when "the snow turned into rain?" My take is that the brief magic (snow is like magic) he recaptured with her disappears as she drives away. I remember being disappointed as a kid when it stopped snowing.
    redskinsnuton July 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentagreed, fogelberg is easily one of the best singer/songwriters of all time.
    Richie45069on December 19, 2007   Link

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