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Auld Lang Syne

What Does It Mean & What Are The Words

On New Year's Eve, the most common song for most people to sing is "Auld Lang Syne". We sing and hear the song each and every year and most of us probably have no idea what it means.

"Auld Lang Syne" is an extremely old Scottish song that was first written in the 1700's. Robert Burns is the person whose transcription got the most attention, so the song is therefore associated with him.

The words 'Auld Lang Syne' literally translates from old Scottish dialect meaning 'Old Long Ago' and is about love and friendship in times past.

The words "Auld Lang Syne" refer to 'We'll take a Cup of Kindness yet'. The lyrics in the song relate to a drink shared by men and women to symbolise friendship.

Lyrics

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus -
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd.
Sin' auld lang syne.

Chorus

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gude willie-waught,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

 


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