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"Auld Lang Syne" Lyrics in English

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"Auld Lang Syne"

As another year comes to a close, we are reminded of the many major events that have taken place in the world and in our lives; wars and fighting, new territories conquered, great heroes and heroines that we have lost, new friends we have made, babies that have born into our families. Friends and relatives that have passed on through this world and into their eternal destiny. There have been good times and not so good times, but those are the building blocks that construct and build the multi-levels and form the layers of our lives. Memories created and forever etched in our minds, hearts thoughts and lives; this is the stuff that life is made up of, so we take the good and the bad and make the best of it, choosing to highlight the good and joyful times.

The new year is rapidly approaching and as such, we plan our traditional New year's Eve parties. Bringing in the new year with good food, music, prayer, hugging and kissing; grateful and thankful to be in good company during this special time as we usher in a fresh new year full of possibilities and potential.

Countdown to the new year begins at 10 seconds before midnight, then as the clock strikes 12:00, it's time to share your rendition of the classic traditional song, "Auld Lang Syne" The only problem that can exist now is the possibility that you might not know or remember all the lyrics or words to the song, since it's not a tune that is sung on a regular basis throughout the year.

Below you will find the lyrics for this traditional favorite in the English Translation (minimalist). I included a few interesting facts concerning this wonderful old song. I hope knowing the words to "Auld Lang Syne" in advance of the festivities, will help you to enjoy your New Year celebration even more.

Happy New year

"Auld Lang Syne" is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song." It's often sung to celebrate the start of the New Year, generally at the stroke of midnight.

"Guy Lombardo is often credited with popularising the use of the song at New Year’s celebrations in America, through his annual broadcasts on radio and television, beginning in 1929. The song became his trademark."

Note: "The song's Scots title may be translated into standard English as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently, "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times".

The lyrics (words) to this traditional classic are as follows;

"Auld Lang Syne" English Translation (minimalist)

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind ?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

and old lang syne ?


For auld lang syne, my dear,

for auld lang syne,

we'll take a cup of kindness yet,

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for 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 auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes,

and picked the daisies fine ;

But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,

since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,

from morning sun till dine† ;

But seas between us broad have roared

since auld lang syne.


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 auld lang syne.



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Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on January 25, 2020:

OMG! I've had some of the lyrics wrong to this song for years...Also, I adore Miss Betty, I've been watching her for years now!

Becky (author) from Oklahoma on May 10, 2011:

Mrs. JB, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for commenting.

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on May 10, 2011:

Thank You for making us all remember what the New Year should bring to mind. I love the piece of history that you shared as well. I truly enjoyed this hub.

Becky (author) from Oklahoma on February 23, 2011:

Ign Andy, people all around the world sing this song for many different reasons and it's also the song of choice for various occasions.“Auld Lang Syne” has been heard in film and movies such as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” the Shirley Temple's “Wee Willie Winkie,” “Operation Petticoat,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Ghostbusters II,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Kill Bill” and many more. Auld Lang Syne is sang by people all around the world. Auld Lang Syne is popular to sing at weddings, funerals, farewell parties and other celebrations. It is also sung after some football games. Sometimes the lyrics are changed to suit the occasion. Many people use only the melody and choose their own words to suit their needs.

I think it's sweet that you sing this song to your before they go to sleep. You sound like a wonderful parent. Thank you for commenting on my Hub.

Ign Andy from Green Home Office on February 23, 2011:

Becky this is special song for my kids. I mean I sing this song for them before they go to sleep. I love the lyrics and the melody and it seems my kids love too :)

Becky (author) from Oklahoma on January 21, 2011:

chisom, I'm glad this brought back good memories for you. Thank you for commenting. God bless.

oji chisom emmanuel from NIGERIA on January 21, 2011:

like this a lot it reminded me of my childhood when i listened to nursery rhyme i hard this rhyme a lot then me and my younger ones used to sing them a lot. bless you for this happy memory.

Becky (author) from Oklahoma on December 31, 2010:

Thank you and Happy New Year to you also WordPlay

Carla Chadwick from Georgia on December 30, 2010:

Thanks so much for the link to my vintage New Year cards! I hope you have a happy and sucessful 2011. :-)

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