What Does “Auld Lang Syne” Mean Anyways?


auld lang syne

In just a few days, people around the world will come together to ring in the new year by singing the familiar celebratory tune, “Auld Lang Syne.” We all know the song, probably not the lyrics, but we can definitely sing along. What does the song mean anyways?

Grammarly

According to Grammarly, “Auld Lang Syne” was a Scottish poem that was later set to music. The phrase “auld lang syne” is a Scottish phrase that translates in English to “old long since”, or more clearly, “times gone by.”

In case you need a refresher, here are the lyrics translated to English.

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 that you know, surprise your friends this New Years by busting out the holiday tune with some gusto!


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