Auld Lang Syne

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Well, it’s the end of 2007 and 2008 is just waiting in the wings. The time has come to clasp hands with those around you and sing Auld Lang Syne whilst reveling in the joy of the collective community you’ve found yourself in at this auspicious time.


Words adapated from a traditional song
by Rabbie Burns (1759-96)

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 of 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 monie 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 guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

auld lang syne – times gone by
be – pay for
braes – hills
braid – broad
burn – stream
dine – dinner time
fiere – friend
fit – foot
gowans – daisies
guid-willie waught – goodwill drink
monie – many
morning sun – noon
paidl’t – paddled
pint-stowp – pint tankard
pou’d – pulled
twa – two

Lyrics and glossary from

Happy Hogmanay!


December 31, 2007. Inspiration.


  1. Kelly Jene replied:

    Thats great, I’ve never actually read all the words to Auld Lang Syne before. I saw your comment on Andrew’s blog, so I thought I would stop by to say hi!

    Happy Hogmanay to you!

  2. On a Limb w/ Claudia replied:

    Many, many blessings in the new year, Amy. I am excited to read all about it! šŸ™‚

    I’ll lift a glass to you!

  3. angharad replied:

    and to you!

  4. nengaku replied:

    Ahhhh – that was lovely. Thank you.
    I remembered a tradition we celebrated in Shetland called “First Footin” We would rush to be the first one to step foot in our friend’s house during the new year and we would take a piece of peat or a lump of coal to put on the fire, symbolizing the warmth of our friendship, and we would sing a song – I guess to prove that we were good enough friends that it was OK to make an ass of oneself. I remember my first footin song was “The Wee Broon Coo” (little brown cow).

  5. nicholas replied:

    Thank you. I don’t think I have ever seen to words to anything but the first verse and the chorus.

    A very Happy New Year to you!

  6. Autumn Song replied:

    A very Happy New Year to you and to your family!

  7. Penelope Anne replied:

    POp into the Cafe for my holiday wish to all my pals. May 2008 be a great year, I cannot wait to start our pen pal relationship as well.

  8. amypalko replied:

    Kelly Jene, you’re most welcome! The words to Auld Lang Syne are beautiful, aren’t they? I just love Burns poems.

    And I lift mine to you, Claudia.

    Thank you, Angharad šŸ™‚

    First Footin’ is a lovely tradition isn’t it Nengaku. I would have loved to hear your rendition of The Wee Broon Coo!

    I don’t think many folk do know the rest of the words, Nicholas. Which is a shame really, as they are quite lovely!

    And a Happy New Year to you, Autumn Song šŸ™‚

    I’m looking forward to that too, Penelope. Now that all the stress of Xmas is over, I’ll definitely get something in the post to you!

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