That Song You (Sort Of) Sang On New Year’s Eve.

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So New Year’s Eve, you are with your buddies and at midnight everyone starts singing a song. It kind of sounds like, “Should all acquaintances be forgot…yah yahyah, yah yah, yah yahhhhh…“. Or something like that. But did you know that “song” is actually a poem by Robert Burns called “Auld Lang Syne“?

The Scottish poem was written in 1788. Depending on the translation, there are variations to what the lyrics are. Even the title itself can be translated into “old long since” or “days of long ago” or perhaps just “the good ol’ times”.

Here is a pretty common translation of a short portion of the poem…there is more, but in my experience this is about what gets sung while celebrating:

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.

Scots sang it for Hogmanay (and still do), and eventually the song made its way to being sung at traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations around the globe.  The song starts out with a question that…well, is it wondering will old friends be forgotten? DO old friends get forgotten?  But as it progresses into the the chorus, I see it as having a drink (or toast) to the good times of the past.  Again, it depends on the translation.

Hey gang…have a happy New Year!  Thank you for checking out Guide Outdoors and look for new content in 2019.

(Edited…originally posted January 2nd, 2015)

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