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The Story behind Auld Lang Syne

The traditional song for ringing in the New Year in almost every country in the world is Auld Lang Syne. This New Year Song is credited to Robert Burns, but this ballad precede his time. Burns combined a common Scottish folk song with his own lyrics to arrive at the version commonly sung on New Year's Eve.

What is the meaning of this New Year's Eve Song? Auld Lang Syne is about old friends who have parted and meet again. To celebrate their long friendship, they share a drink together and reminisce of memories from long ago.

The basic message is that we should not forget our old friends and should celebrate a reunion with them.

When the clock strikes midnite on New Year's Eve, gather everyone together at your party or celebration to sing the New Years Song and remember the good memories of family and friends from long ago.

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Lyrics - Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Should old acquaintances be forgotten, And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten, And days of long ago !

For old long ago, my dear, For old long ago,
We will take a cup of kindness yet For old long ago.

We two have run about the hillsides, And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot For old long ago.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream, From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared Since old long ago.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend, And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill draught (of ale) For old long ago!

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

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