Auld Lang Syne: Lyrics and Origin

Auld Lang Synechances are youll be hearing people singing this classic New Years song tonighbut where exactly is it from, and what does it mean?

The lyrics were written by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in the 19th century, and later set to tune in a traditional folk song. As Auld lang syne translates to old times sake, the song is sung to remember the past events of the year gone by.

Below are the lyrics, with a video of Mariah Carey singing a beautiful rendition.

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 take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

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