This bittersweet lyrical ending to Joel's Streetlife Serenade
album is about the sentimental memories and experiences we lose to the passage of time. Inspired by the perennial classic "Auld Lang Syne
," Joel wanted to write a new kind of song to ring in the New Year. He told Sirius XM in 2016.
"On New Year's, everybody sings 'Auld Lang Syne,' and I don't think most people know what it means - it just sounds good. 'We'll drink a cup of kindness yet,' which is a nice phrase. And I thought, 'Okay, that's the best part of that song. How do we sum up the year?' I wanted to write a song that would be a New Year's song. 'Every year is a souvenir that slowly fades away.'"