Sing, Sang, Sung – “Auld Lang Syne”

It’s officially 2013 (for those in the Central Time Zone). Ring the bells and bang the drums.

…yeah, I’ve never been to a New Year’s Eve party, I don’t know what the hell happens at these things.

Except! Everyone is supposed to sing “Auld Lang Syne.” Fun fact, I have no idea what the words are, except for “Should auld acquaintance be forgot, mumble mumble mumble, should auld acquaintance be forgot, mumble mumble auld lang syne!”

So I figured I’d try to help people out and put the lyrics here. Because, if you’re singing this song, you’ll definitely visit my blog to find the lyrics. Totally. Though my blog does have the added bonus of telling you what the heck the lyrics mean. Old Irish is sometimes hard to discern. I think it’s old Irish. I mean, yes, I janked it from a website, but still. My website’s prettier? Or something? And it includes someone singing it. So there’s that.

…Anyway, here’s the song, and here’s my wish for everyone’s new year.

May you be deserving of praise. May your bad choices be made right again, and may the victims of your consequences be righted. May you be forgiven of your sins and given wisdom to prevent having more. May you find successes and joys, may those that seek to wrong you stay apart from your life and may the things which bring you harm disappear. May peace, love and joy be the heralds of this coming year.

And may you not try to drive home drunk. Stay smart and stay safe.

“Auld Lang Syne”

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For days of auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Since days of auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Since days of auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For days of 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!

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!

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For days of auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For days of auld lang syne!

TRANSLATION

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago!

For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For times gone by.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since times gone by.

For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.

And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by!

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale)
For times gone by!

For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.

For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.

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