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Auld Lang Syne

Scottish Poem By Robert Burns

Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.

It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight and often to round off an evening's Scottish country dancing throughout the year.

Auld Lang Syne is thought to be the second most commonly sung song in the whole world regardless of country, race or religion, after Happy Birthday.

(Often just the first verse, chorus, last verse and chorus is sung.)

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Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne By Robert Burns

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 me a hand o' thine!
And we'll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.


Auld Lang Syne Song Video

Auld Lang Syne Song - Information Video
Robert Burns Painting Image
Robert Burns Detail
"Portrait Of Burns" Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), c. 1787

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