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Well the New Year is fast approaching and as the clock clicks on to midnight. myself as well as millions of others will dust of our vocal chords to a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”. It's one of the most famous songs of all time and is sung around the world. A song which brings the world together not just on New Years Eve, its used for graduations, farewells, national anthems and even funerals (in Taiwan) to name but a few.

The creator of the song is of much debate, but I think the earliest account of the song is in an anonymous poem of the 15th century, published by George Bannatyne (1568). The version that we normally sing today was written by Robert Burns, two hundred years later in 1788. Burns is also responsible for putting the melody and words together. However Burns did not compose the melody, which is also known as "The Miller's wedding", this was the work of the composer William Shield. Because of the Robert Burns involvement, the song is traditional sung in Scotland on Burns night (January 25th)

When Burns first commented on the song he said "There is an old song and tune which has often thrilled through my soul."

This is surely a feeling shared by many of us today.

My feeling is that the song is one which encourages friendship, shared experiences, trust and mutual kindness. It is the song which reminds me of the values and value of the friendships which I so dearly want, through my journey of life.

You thoughts many have a different emphasis so I’ve included the full text, with an English translation so you can make the most of this song, as well as if you like me help you to learn the words!

Have great New Year's Eve and let the words of "Auld Lang Syne" flow from your soul and the values and value of you friendships be full understood for another year.

Till next Year.

David Gardner





Burns Original

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' auld lang syne.

And 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.
We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd i' the burn,
Frae mornin' sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
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 willy waught,
For auld lang syne.


Standard English Translation

Old Long Past

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And days of old long past. 

And for old long past, my joy (sweetheart),
For old long past,
We will take a cup of kindness yet,
For old long past,

And surely you will pay for your pint-vessel
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness yet,
For old long past.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the wild daisies fine;
But we have wandered many a weary foot
Since old long past.

We two have paddled in the stream,
From morning sun till noon;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since old long past.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend!
And give me a hand of yours!
And we will take a right good-will drink,
For old long past.


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