What's the Deal with Auld Lang Syne? Plus Lyrics, Meaning & Videos!


This morning I looked up the lyrics to Old Lang Syne and I made a discover. I only knew about a fourth of song, just a tiny section of the New Year’s Eve classic. “We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine,” where did THAT comes from? So what’s the deal with Old Lang Syne? Where did it come from and what does it mean? Plus, instead of trying to memorize all the arcane lyrics, you can just let these video below do the singing for you.

First thing, Old Lang Syne, is old, like really old. It was a poem that wasn’t composed but rather collected by Robert Burns in 1778 and it was set to an old standard tune. “The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man” And an old song in 1778? That means it is really really old to us now.

The Scottish term Old Lang Syne means in English, “old long since” or “old times.” So Old Lang Syne really means, for old times sake. It became a standard in Scotland and the rest of Britian and became popular in the United States due to band leader Guy Lombardo when began using it in his annual broadcasts back in 1929, but he didn’t record it until ten years later.


Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

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.


We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine”  ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne

BBC Symphony and Chorus and Singers

Violinist Andre Rieu

a rendition by the Scottish parliament. Those politicians can sing!

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