Auld Lang Syne: Lyrics, Video from Times Square

December 31, 2010
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As you prepare for your New Year’s festivities, whatever they may be, many people begin searching for the lyrics to that timeless New Year’s song, Auld Lang Syne. Well have no fear, because we have a snippet of the Auld Lang Syne lyrics for you right here, as well as video from Times Square and a little bit of history on this tradition! Keep on reading to learn more!

Almost everyone sings Auld Lang Syne as the clock strikes midnight and we usher in a new year. However, few people know the lyrics by heart, and even fewer know the interesting history behind this holiday jingle!

The original Auld Lang Syne was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns. The Americanized version differs a little from the original, but the meaning behind the often slurred words are still the same.

The term “auld lang syne” roughly translates from 18th century Scottish into “old times’ sake”, and just like it is used today, it is meant to be sung at the end of the year to remember the things that have transpired through the past year.

While most people only sing the first verse and the chorus as the ball drops, it is actually quiet a lengthy song! We have a snippet of the American version for you here:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and days of 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.

As you can see, the song does a pretty good job of bringing up fond memories of the past year. Oh, and drinking. LOTS of drinking. Most people don’t have a problem with either as the year comes to an end, so wherever you are sing Auld Lang Syne tonight, we hope you have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and a very happy 2011 to all of you as well!

What are your New Year’s plans tonight? How was 2010 for you? Are you looking forward to 2011? Leave us some comment love and let us know what you thought of this past year, and be sure to check out last year’s ball drop below, and the live feed video from Times Square over at our sister site, Right Celebrity! Happy New Year!

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One Response to “Auld Lang Syne: Lyrics, Video from Times Square”

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    Mary Says:

    alone and drunk, its not a good thing as martha might say. glad 2010 is over. IT WASNT TOO GOOD FOR ME. Hope 2011 is much better. Good night GARY. Thanks for nothing, it was the best nothing I ever got. signing off and going to bed to sleep it off.