Auld Lang Syne

People sing this song every new year at midnight and I wonder how many of them know the real words.

For the longest time I thought the first line was “May all acquaintance be forgot.” I’d sing that part and mumble my way through the rest. Then I noticed that most of the people around me where doing the same thing. They’d mumble some vague syllables or just hum. How did this song that no one really knows get to be the song that we sing at midnight?

Now that you’ve completed the list of New Year’s Resolutions that you’ll probably only keep for three weeks, you probably have plenty of time to kill before heading out to that New Year’s Eve party tonight. So here are the real lyrics to the song. You can start the new year out right by impressing your friends with your wealth of knowledge.

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind ?Should old acquaintance be forgot,and auld lang syne ?
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For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
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.
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We two have run about the slopes,and picked the daisies fine ;But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,since auld lang syne.
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We two have paddled in the stream,from morning sun till dine† ;But seas between us broad have roaredsince auld lang syne.
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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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