"we sang 'Auld Lang Syne'"

Auld Lang Syne” (1788) is a poem by Robert Burns (1759-1796), who noted in a letter that he “took it down from an old man.”

The lines of the poem were later set to the tune of a traditional folk song, and the song became widely sung at graduations, funerals, and on New Year’s Eve.

Listen to Auld Lang Syne here.