At the stroke of midnight many cultures sing the song "Auld Lang Syne." Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind that song and the tradition of singing it on New Years? Early versions of the song came from medieval Scotland... the Gaelic lyrics reflected hope, companionship, and the uncertainty of life. The phrase "auld lang syne" translates literally to "old long ago," and is meant as a nostalgic reference to so-called good old days. The first published version of the lyrics was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in the 1700s. It wasn't until the 20th century that the song gained popularity as an anthem to the New Year.
That being said, come on…you know you want to join in for a verse or two!
Should old acquaintance be forgot
The new year brings us hope for peace,
For auld lang syne, my dear.
When dreams they seem so far away,
Let's make a world where people care,
Our children grow, they need to know