Music

The Meaning of The New Year?s Staple Song – Auld Lang Syne

By on
http://electricka.com/

http://electricka.com/

 

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.

[embedplusvideo height=”200″ width=”300″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1g3bqd4″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/KC_lHBvNdGA?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=KC_lHBvNdGA&width=490&height=400&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep8377″ /]

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:

http://english-zone.com/holidays/auldlang2.html

Traditional Song

Modern English Translation

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o? lang syne!

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We?ll tak a cup o? kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu?d the gowans fine,
But we?ve wander?d mony a weary foot
Sin? auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl?t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar?d
Sin? auld lang syne.

And there?s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie?s a hand o? thine,
And we?ll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye?ll be your pint? stoup,
And surely I?ll be mine!
And we?ll tak a cup o? kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

Times Gone By

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

Chorus:
For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered?many a weary foot
For times gone by.

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

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us?a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale)
For times gone by!

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 times gone by!

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!

About the author

To Top