Auld Lang Syne meaning, lyrics, history

Auld Lang Syne meaning, lyrics, history

It is a few days into the new year, and most people cannot get over their highlights of New Year's Eve and the events that took place during the countdown. Some might have enjoyed watching the view of fireworks and balls of confetti gracing the atmosphere. Others might have enjoyed the old tradition of sipping on a bottle of beer as they sang to Auld Lang Syne. If you happened to have been in the latter case and did not get the lyrics of the song right, you might want to stick around for a while.

Auld Lang Syne meaning, lyrics, history

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Are you the type that gets fascinated by the traditional celebration of New Year's Eve and stops to ask, what does Auld Lang Syne mean? Do you understand the 'ritual' behind this song? How about unpacking the history behind this melodious tune and what relation it has with the new year.

Auld Lang Syne song

By the end of this journey, you will get more insight into its history of the song and its relation to the new year. You will also get the lyrics right and be confident next time it will be played.

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The history of Auld Lang Syne

If you were wondering, what language is Auld Lang Syne? The song is a Scottish poem that was first written by Robert Burns, a national poet, in 1788. It is not clear who composed it. Burns then sent the poem to the Scotts Musical Museum. He claimed that he got the lyrics from an 'old man's singing'. That is why the song is, in most cases associated with him. The song did not, however, appear in print until a few years after his death in 1796.

By the 19th century, the song had been reprinted several times and had also been made part of the Scottish Hogmanay which is the New Year's celebration. As part of the tradition, the song is performed by people standing in a circle while holding hands.

Auld Lang Syne meaning

When the title of the song is translated into English, it means Old Long Since. It signifies the importance of cherishing old friendships and memories. This hints why the song is sung on New Year's Eve even though there is no particular relation to the song and the New Year.

How did Auld Lang Syne become the New Year's song?

You could hear people singing this song in bars as they were sipping their drinks on New Year's Eve. It is believed that the song is about old friends reminiscing on their treasured memories. That is one reason that could make this tradition popular.

It began in Scotland, and as Scotts moved around the world, they carried it with them, and more people borrowed from them, and soon enough Auld Lang Syne became popular.

Auld Lang Syne lyrics

Auld Lang Syne meaning, lyrics, history

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Even though this song is such a good way of reminiscing on the best memories of the year, very few people know its lyrics. Most people cannot even mouth the lyrics to the song's original version, let alone the English version. According to a survey that was carried out by a Britain Supermarket chain, it was revealed that only 3% of the population could confidently sing along to the song. You do not want to be like the 97% that could not get the lyrics right.

Auld Lang Syne original version

These are the wordings of the song if you wish to sing it in Scottish:

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 jo,

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 pu’d the gowans fine;

But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot

Sin auld lang syne.

[Chorus]

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,

Frae mornin’ sun till dine;

But seas between us braid hae roar’d

Sin auld lang syne.

[Chorus]

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!

And gie’s a hand o’ thine!

And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught,

For auld lang syne.

[Chorus]

Auld Lang Syne lyrics English

If you wish to master the song in English, these are the wordings that you should memorise:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And old lang syne?

[Chorus]

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!

And surely I’ll buy mine!

And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

[Chorus]

We two have run about the slopes,

And picked the daisies fine;

But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,

Since auld lang syne.

[Chorus]

We two have paddled in the stream,

From morning sun till dine;

But seas between us broad have roared

Since auld lang syne.

[Chorus]

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!

And give me a hand o’ thine!

And we’ll take a right good-will draught,

For auld lang syne.

[Chorus]

Now if someone stops to ask you about Auld Lang Syne, you are in the best position to answer them. Not only will you be able to sing along to the lyrics of the song but also confidently explain the history of the song.

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