Words to Auld Lang Syne

The words to Auld Lang Syne are renowned throughout the world; they are sung on Hogmanay bringing in the New Year, at New Year's Parties everywhere, from little local parties in Scotland to the Capital Edinburgh.

From London to Times Square in New York, to Canada, Australia and more countries than I could mention here. It is also sung throughout the world at Burns Suppers on 25th January which celebrates the birth of the author.

Burns wrote many songs and poems, some internationally renowned like "Address to a Haggis", or the beautiful love song My Love is like a Red Red Rose". One that I had to learn at school was "Address to a Mouse", while on an occasion I had toothache my Mum read to me "Address to The Toothache" Address to the Tooth. Some less famous ones are another love poem Mary Morrison and one he wrote while in the Kingdom of Fife, "The Carls O Dysart". Rabbie also paraphrased some of the Psalms including Psalm 1. But I'm sure the most famous are the words to Auld Lang Syne.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I'm sure you might know at least the chorus, but have a bash at trying to sing the verses, as Burn's wrote them.

Many people don't understand the words to Auld Lang Syne, so I hope my attempt at a translation which you can read by clicking HERE might help.

Countdown to New Year

Countdown to New Year

The Words to Auld Lang Syne

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-stoup!
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 fiere!
And gie's a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie-waught,
For auld lang syne.

If you've enjoyed reading the words to Auld Lang Syne, then have a look at these too:-
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose - This lovely romantic poem/song by Rabbie Burns.
The Collier Laddie - Believed to be one of the oldest of Fife's songs.
Address to a Haggis - Rabbie Burns’ famous poem, recited at Burn' Suppers throughout the world.
Auld Lang Syne - Rabbie Burns' famous song, traditionally sung to bring in the New Year.
Poem Mary Morrison - Another love poem by Rabbie Burns. I've dedicated this page to my Aunt, also called Mary Morrison who passed away in 2007.
The Boy in The Train - This delightful poem describes one young lads arrival by train to Kirkcaldy with smell of the linoleum factories.
Titanic Poem - Answers this question followed by a poem about that tragedy written by my Grandmother (from Scotland, of course!)
Translation Auld Lang Syne - Find out what the words of Auld Lang Syne mean?
Address To A Mouse - This Poem was written when Burns disturbed a mouse’s nest when ploughing a field.
Address To The Toothache - This descriptive Poem says it all!
The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens - This ballad mentions Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland.
Psalm 1 - This Psalm was paraphrased by Rabbie Burns.
The Carls o Dysart - This Poem/song was written by Rabbie Burns on a journey through Fife.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Scottish Custom and Traditions - Learn a bit more about some of our customs and traditions.
Language, Customs and Culture Bookstore - Browse through our Bookstore for Scots-English Dictionaries, and plenty books on the works of Rabbie Burns.

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