Happy New Year – 2019 | Distinction Tutorial School Singapore
Auld Lang Syne. A song that many people are familiar with, being sung when the clock strikes twelve every New Year’s Eve. However, how many of us actually know its story?
Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who took the ancient Scottish folk song and sent it to the Scots Musical Museum in 1788, claiming he was the first person to record this on paper. Some historians believe that the song has been around since 1588.
The title has been roughly translated into a few English versions: “for old times’ sake”, “days gone by” or “old long since”. Every translation though still makes it the perfect song to be sung at the end of the year when one thinks about all the events and experiences that have happened over the last 364 days.
The Scots used this as a theme song for their celebration of Hogmanay, a Scottish word for the last day of the year. As the Scots travelled around the world, Auld Lang Syne infiltrated global cultures, end-of-year parties and sing-a-longs, internationally.
Now you can safely sing this song this New Year’s Eve, knowing full well what it means and its origins. Start your year by impressing your friends when the ball drops at midnight.
Happy New Year! Wish you a prosperous and successful 2019!

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne.

Chorus:

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.