The story behind Auld Lang Syne

The traditional song for New Year’s in Britain is Auld Lang Syne, a folk song transcribed by Scottish poet Robert Burns, who heard an old man singing it.

The words Auld Lang Syne stand for “Old Long Since”, i.e. days of long ago. The tradition to sing the song as a New Year’s melody comes from North America and was made popular there by Guy Lombardo and his orchestra in the 1930s.

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot and old lang syne?

Chorus:
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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