Auld Lang Syne (1788)

… Light be the turf on the breast of the heaven inspired Poet who composed this glorious fragment.

Robert Burns on the original composer of Auld Lang Syne

The Cast, Auld Lang Syne

In sentimental American movies, Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne is sung by crowds at the big New Year finale . . . in Bangkok and Beijing it is so ubiquitous as a song of togetherness and sad farewells, they presume it must be an old Thai or Chinese folk song . . . while in France it is the song which eases the pain of parting with the hope that we will all see each other again

Oui, nous nous reverrons, mes frères,
ce n’est qu’un au revoir.

Auld Lang Syne is one of Scotland’s gifts to the world, recalling the love and kindness of days gone by, but in the communion of taking our neighbours’ hands, it also gives us a sense of belonging and fellowship to take into the future.

from the website Scotland:  The official gateway to Scotland

In the performance above the second verse as written by Burns is omitted and a verse in Scottish Gaelic is added later in the song.

Burns’ Lowland Lyrics

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance 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.

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.

CHORUS

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.

CHORUS

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.

CHORUS

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.

CHORUS

Scottish Gaelic lyrics

An còir seann luchd-eòlais dhol à beachd,
‘S gun chuimhn’ orra bhith ann?
An còir seann luchd-eòlis dhol à beachd,
‘S na làithean a bha ann?

Chorus

Air sgàth an tìm a bh’ ann a rùin,
Air sgàth an tìm a bh’ ann,
Gun gabh sinn fhathast cupan tlàth
Air sgàth an tìm a bh’ ann

Chorus

Bha sinne còmhla feadh nam bruach
A tionail neòinean annt’,
Ach ‘s sgìth air seachran ceum ar cas
Bho’n tìm o chian a bh’ ann.

Chorus

Bu tràth is anmoch sinn san allt
Ag iomair ‘s sinn nar clann,
Ach dhealaich cuantan farsainn sinn
Bho’n tìm o chian a bh’ ann.

Chorus

Mo charaid earbsach gabh mo làmh,
‘S sìn fhèin do làmh a-nall,
’S gun gabh sinn,
cuach gu crìdheil làn
Air sgàth an tìm a bh’ann.

Chorus

Gu cinnteach ‘s leat do bharail fhèin,
‘S mo bharail fhèin tha leam-s’,
‘S gun gabh sinn cupan caoimhneil làn
Air sgàth an tìm a bh’ ann.

Chorus
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