Auld Lang Syne is a song which thrilled the soul of Robert Burns in the 1780’s , and today has become an anthem sung the world over at New Year.

In 1788 Robert Burns sent the poem to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating it was an old song but that he had been the first to record it on paper. The phrase ” Auld Lang Syne ” roughly translates as ” for old times’ sake , and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.

It is sung all over the world, evoking a sense of belonging and fellowship , tinged with nostalgia.

It has been a much loved Scottish tradition to sing the song just before midnight, with everyone holding hands in a circle. Most Scots know the first verse and chorus.

Should auld aquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should Auld aquaintance be forgot, and Auld Lang Syne.

Chorus. For Auld Lang Syne my jo, for auld lang syne, we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

Chorus.

And here’s a hand my trusty friend ! and give us a hand of yours! and we’ll take a deep draught of good-will for long long ago.

For Twinning Organisations the world over – Lang mie yir lum reek ! And hoping for Health and Happiness for 2021

Haddington Toen Hall 2002.