Same Old Lang Syne (5:20)

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According to the Same Old Lang Syne Songfacts, as Fogelberg tells it on his official website, the song is totally autobiographical. He was visiting family back home in Peoria, Illinois in the mid-’70s when he ran into an old girlfriend at a convenience store.

After Fogelberg’s death from prostate cancer in 2007, the woman who he wrote the song about came forward with her story. Her name is Jill Greulich, and she and Fogelberg dated in high school when she was Jill Anderson. As she explained to the Peoria Journal Star in a December 22, 2007 article, they were part of the Woodruff High School class of 1969, but went to different colleges. After college, Jill got married and moved to Chicago, and Dan went to Colorado to pursue music. On Christmas Eve, they were each back in Peoria with their families when Jill went out for egg nog and Dan was dispatched to find whipping cream for Irish coffee. The only place open was a convenience store at the top of Abington Hill, at Frye Avenue and Prospect Road, and that’s where they had their encounter. They bought a six pack of beer and drank it in her car for 2 hours while they talked.

Five years later, Jill heard “Same Old Lang Syne” on the radio while driving to work, but she kept quiet about it, as Fogelberg also refused to reveal her identity. Her main concern was that coming forward would disrupt Fogelberg’s marriage.

Looking at the lyrics, Jill says there are 2 inaccuracies: She has green eyes, not blue, and her husband was not an architect - he was a physical education teacher, and it’s unlikely Fogelberg knew his profession anyway.

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  • selene_101

    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 --<3

    17 Feb 7:07pm Reply
  • frearson10

    No words, just regrets and tears!

    10 Feb 10:24pm Reply
  • nolteCOD

    Always think of this song this time of year.,.,thanks Dan. RIP man :(

    1 Jan 12:50am Reply
  • frearson10

    Thank you again, Suzy!!!

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bluejay33

    Songs gets ya right in the heart. Love listening to it.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    Fantastic song, reminds me of Harry Chapin's "Taxi"! And yes, I can understand @Tondaleah!

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TOMHINKLE57

    I AM HEARING A LIVE VERSION. FOGELBERG WAS A STUDIO ARTIST! HE WAS GREAT, BUT HIS STUDIO WORK WAS THE PRODUCT OF A PERFECTIONIST.

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TONDALEAH

    mks me happy and sad i luv luv it. is there anyone that can undersand,

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • greenvillepa

    Fantastic song !

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • oldtimes76

    Miss you always, Barry.

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • FloydFTM

    Love this song, makes me think of an ex girlfriend I have not seen since December 1995 but always dream of bumping into her just like in this song. Come on Joanne, bump into me again!!

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • bobkrewson

    karen

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    Lovely, thanks Dave :-)

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • albanyamontrose

    SO GOOD TO HERE LOVE N ROMANCE SONGS IN THIS VIALENT WORLD

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • bobkrewson

    this will always remind me of karen

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • savannahjan

    Oh my goodness, I love this song!!! I karaoke it all the time even though it KILLs the momentum of the evening. It's just too wonderful.

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nyanimal

    dan will be missed-but he lives on through his music.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mburley62

    so many memories somedays wish I could gp back for a few days

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • staklee2002mj

    someone told me that tears of laughter don't taste of salt haven't had chance to test the theory

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • nolteCOD

    Man, I was thinking it was New Years Eve instead of Christmas Eve in the song.,what was I thinking? Anyway a week late RIP Dan (one of only 2 songs that make me tear up. )

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
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