Silent Night is for Christmas. Auld Lang Syne is for New Year?s Eve.
Silent Night is about the birth of Jesus Christ. Auld Lang Syne is about?
Auld Lang Syne is always played in New Year?s Eve especially by English-speaking countries but only few know the meaning of this song.
Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish Song originally written as a poem by Robert Burns on the year 1788. However, Burns said that he wrote it only upon hearing somebody sing it.
In 1929, Guy Lombardo with his band Royal Canadians played the song at midnight at a party in Roosevelt Hotel, New York USA. People heard the song from their radio sets. From then on, the song continued to be played every New Year?s Eve as a sign of the coming of a New Year.
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Auld Lang Syne means ?old long since? depicting the times gone by. It means that everyone should remember friendships from the past and not letting any single memory be forgotten. The song also invites everyone to have a toast for the ?good old days?.
Here are the original lyrics and modern English translation of the song:
Modern English Translation
Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
We twa hae run about the braes,
We twa hae paidl?t in the burn
And there?s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And surely ye?ll be your pint? stoup,
Times Gone By
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
We two have run about the hillsides
We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And surely you will pay for your pint,
The next time you hear Auld Lang Syne, may you remember the good old times and cherish every friendship you built through the years. Happy New Year! Cheers!