Every year, on December 31, merrily inebriated people gather to sing the same song, Auld Lang Syne. The fact that few actually know all of the words, let alone their meaning, has rarely stopped anyone from joining in.
However, now is your chance to be well-informed and in tune with these facts about the song: Robert Burns didn't invent Auld Lang Syne as we know it The Scottish Bard wrote many wonderful pieces of original verse, but this was not among them. Instead, he was the first person to write down a much older Scottish folk song.
In he sent a copy of the song to his friend, Mrs Agnes Dunlop, exclaiming: It has global significance And not just for five minutes per year. The tune was used by the Maldives and Korea for their national anthems, while Japanese department stores play it as a polite reminder for customers to leave at closing time.
Strange New Year traditions around the world 4. The song sung the world over isn't the original tune Musicologists and folklorists have been debating this one for years. Although it's thought that the tune Burns originally heard is probably now forgotten, the poet did write another song with a very similar melody, called O Can Ye Labour Lea, Young Man. There is another, reportedly more traditional tune, that Auld Lang Syne is set to.
If sources are to be believed, it's the version featured in the Sex and the City film in and a more haunting, nostalgic and beautiful version of the jaunty singalong everybody is used to. Traditional Scottish folk singers still perform this version, and who can blame them - it's far more refined.
As she begins to sink, you can hear the recognisable tune ringing out. Seventeen years later, the song played as one of cinema's best-known couples got together. While many have heard of the famous "I'll have what she's having! After Harry and Sally finally declare their love, Harry ponders the meaning of Auld Lang Syne, and they both decide that It's basically a call to remember old friends as time marches on We might be concentrating on New Year's Resolutions and finding somebody nearby for a celebratory kiss at midnight, but Auld Lang Syne is a reminder to remember and cherish old friendships, good deeds and toast health and good will for the year ahead.
More literally, Auld Lang Syne means "old long since" or "long long time". Burns didn't invent this particular phrase, however. An anonymous lyric, Auld Kindnes Foryett, has been dated back to the 15th century. More recently, contemporary Scottish poet Matthew Fitt used the phrase as a replacement for "once upon a time". All of which means You shouldn't sing "for the sake of" Granted, you probably won't care by this point in the evening, and it will certainly mark you out as a party pooper if you do correct your fellow revellers, but: It's just "For auld lang syne.
And if you still don't know the lyrics: Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne! For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne. And surely ye'll be your pint stowp! And surely I'll be mine! And we'll tak a cup o'kindness yet, For auld lang syne.
We twa hae run about the braes, And pou'd the gowans fine; But we've wander'd mony a weary fit, Sin' auld lang syne. We twa hae paidl'd 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 fere! And gie's a hand o' thine! And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught, For auld lang syne.