Auld Lang Syne Lyrics

Right at midnight (or perhaps a little before, for those a bit eager or with watches too fast), the annual New Year’s tune will begin. For many, the melody is admittedly more familiar than the words, so here’s some help.

“Auld Lang Syne” is actually a poem by Robert Burns, but is now sung in most English-speaking countries to mark the new year (and for many, other occasions, too). Traditionally written in Scots, ‘days of long ago’ was used in place of auld lang syne, but now, most often the first verse and chorus is the focus, with auld lang syne in its place:

Auld Lang Syne

Words adapted from a traditional song by Robert Burns (1759-96)

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and days of auld lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for days of 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 days of auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the hills,
and pulled the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since days of auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since days of auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for days of auld lang syne.

CHORUS

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