As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, voices all over the world will resurrect the centuries-old tradition of singing “Auld Lang Syne” to say goodbye to the passing year.“Auld Lang Syne” — which roughly translates to “times gone by”– was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788 and is thought to have been based on a Scottish folk song.Despite efforts to belt the tune every New Year’s Eve, few people seem to actually know the words.Don’t get caught pretending to mouth the words at New Year’s Eve this year. Luckily for you, we’ve put the lyrics below so you can serenade yourself and all your friends into the New Year.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.REPEAT CHORUS We twa hae run about the braes And pu’d the gowans fine But we’ve wander’d mony a weary footSin auld lang syne.REPEAT CHORUSWe twa hae paidl’d i’ the burnFrae mornin’ sun till dine.But seas between us braid hae roar’dSin auld lang syne.REPEAT 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. REPEAT CHORUS Should old acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind?Should old acquaintance be forgot,And long, long ago.REPEAT CHORUS And for long, long ago, my dear For long, long ago.We’ll take a cup of kindness yet For long, long ago.And surely you ll buy your pint-jug!And surely I’ll buy mine!And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet For long, long ago.REPEAT CHORUS We two have run about the hills And pulled the daisies fine;But we’ve wandered manys the weary foot Since long, long ago.REPEAT CHORUS We two have paddled in the stream,From morning sun till dine;But seas between us broad have roared Since long, long ago.REPEAT CHORUS And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!And give us a hand of yours!And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will For long, long ago.
The full lyrics to ‘Auld Lang Syne’ so you don’t mumble your way through it
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