"The band began to play Auld Lang Syne"
Robert Burns
Public DomainRobert Burns - Credit: Alexander Nasmyth

 Auld Lang Syne is a poem written in Scots by Robert Burns in 1788, set to the tune of a traditional folk song. In many English-speaking countries, it is sung as the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, as well as on other occasions when some sort of ending is being acknowledged.

Literally translated, Auld lang syne means 'Old long since'. For Auld Lang Syne (the first line of the song's chorus') is usually, therefore, roughly translated as 'For old times' sake'.

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Click here to see the lyrics as they are sung in English.

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