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Auld Lang Syne - Do You Know The Words?

Updated on December 30, 2011

Happy New Year 2011


Every New Year's Eve at 12 O'clock midnight, we celebrate and welcome the new year, and say goodbye to the old. I never memorized more that the first two verses, but there are five. In Scotland where Old Lang Syne originates, it is also celebrated on January 25th, on Burn's night, to celebrate the author's life. Their own Robert Burns, born in Alloway. He wrote about their culture in a charming way. They called him the 'peasant-poet'.

Auld Lang Syne Words

Written by: Robert Burns

1st verse

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to mind

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And auld lang syne


For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne

We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet

For auld lang syne

2nd verse:

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

3rd verse:

We twa hae run about the braes

And pu'd the gowans fine

But we've wandered mony a weary fit

Sin' auld lang syne


We twa hae paidled i' the burn

Frae morning sun till dine

But seas between us braid hae roared

Sin' auld lang syne


And there's a hand, my trusty fiere

And gie's a hand o' thine

And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught

For auld lang syne

(repeat chorus after every verse)

Remembering the past


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      theking2020 5 years ago

      Nice article.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Such a classic and fun song over time! It was great to actually see the words of course, because sometimes our ears hear what they do and we may not hear it exactly as it was written. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you!

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      Dave 6 years ago from United States

      You learn something new every day. This was mine for today. Thank you for enlightening me! I was unaware there were that many verses. Very cool!

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      stessily, how lucky you are to hear your mom and sister sing that song. It makes me melancholy.

      tirelesstraveler, Thank you for the comment. A very happy new year to you.

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      stessily 6 years ago

      anndavis25, A nice tribute to a New Year's tradition!

      I grew up greeting the new year with this song every year. It's one of the songs that I loved to hear my mother and her sister sing; they had such beautiful voices.

      I've always loved that first verse and the chorus. The image of a "cup of kindness" is one of my all-time favorite song images.

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Happy New Year! This has completed to day. Last night they didn't sing Auld Lang Syne on the broadcast from "Times Square" New York and I missed it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      It's always been my favorite way to ring in the New Year but here in Latvia they ring in the New Year with the Latvian national anthem.Hope 2012 makes your wishes come true!

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      missolive, I am moved by that song too! But I can only remember the 1st verse. I guess that's enough. I hope you have a wonderful New Year toooo. are one of the few who know the words. The elderly can teach us a lot! They lived it! I admire your work in the Nursing Home. A blessed work.

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      Jen Christopherson 6 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      Nice! I learned the song when I worked in a nursing home. Those elderly sure know how to have fun! lol

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for sharing - whenever I hear it my eyes instantly begin to water.

      Have a wonderful New Year!

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Nooooo, dahoglund. By midnight, everybody is beautiful, and happy. Who cares about the words?

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      By midnight on New Years eve does anyone care what the words mean?

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Well, really I couldn't even understand the first verse, but everybody sings it, so I thought I'd find out what the words really are. Like you, I don't know what t'heck they be talkin bout.

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      Mr. Smith 6 years ago from California

      What's funny is that a goof like me wouldn't actually be able to pronounce half of the words, much less know what they mean. Now I know why Jimmy Stewart looked like he was having a hard time singing at the end of "It's a Wonderful Life".