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What does Auld Lang Syne mean?


Why do we sing the song Auld Lang Syne on New Year's Eve?

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Auld Lang Syne is based on a poem written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in the late 18th century. Some scholars believe that Burns wrote the poem based on a much older Scottish ballad that was passed down through oral tradition. The words "auld lang syne" can be roughly translated as "time long ago" or "as time goes by", depending on their usage.

The modern New Year's Eve tradition of singing Auld Lang Syne is commonly attributed to composer and bandleader Guy Lombardo, who reportedly included the song in his band's performance at a New Year's Eve party in 1929 in New York City. Auld Lang Syne quickly became a tradition, included in TV and radio broadcasts, and played at New Year's Eve parties around the world. Lombardo was familiar with the song thanks to the Scottish population of London, Ontario, where Lomabrdo grew up.

There are several verses and editions of the song, but the most common lines are:

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

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne!
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Check out this video to hear Auld Lang Syne performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers:








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