Auld Lang Syne - Robert Burns

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Melody: Auld Lang Syne (Duration: 4:02) [Artist: Unknown]

Old Scots
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 o' 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 pu'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 gude-willie waught
For auld lang syne!

Loose American
Should old friends be forgotten
and never be remembered?
Should old friends be forgotten
and days of long ago?


To days of long ago, my friend
to days of long ago,
we'll drink
to days of long ago!
You buy your pint!
I'll buy mine!
and we'll drink
to days of long ago!


We two have run around the hills
and pulled up wild daisies.
We wandered on many a weary foot
since days of long ago.


We two have waded in the stream
From morning until noon
But seas have separated us
since long ago.


Take my hand my friend,
And give me you hand,
And we'll drink a good long drink
to days of long ago!

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In the original, the first line of the chorus is:
"And for auld lang syne, my jo,"

Scots Glossary:
Jo: Joy, an expression of good will, friendly address
Auld: Old
Cup o' kindness: A drink shared between friends
Lang: Long
Syne: Since, then, ago, afterwards, late as opposed to soon
Auld lang Syne: Times gone by
Stowp: A vessle for holding liquid
Pint-stowp: Pint tankard Twa: Two
Brae: A steep bank, the slope of a hill, the broken bank of a river
Pu'd: Pulled
Gowans: A generic name for the daisy
Monie: Many
Fit: Foot
Paidl'd: Waded
Burn: A small stream, a rivulet
Frae: From
Morning Sun: Noon
Dine: evening meal
Braid: Broad
Fiere: Friend, Companion, comrade
Gie: To give
Guid: Good
Willie: Wild
Waught: A long drink
Gud-willie waught: A goodwill drink

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