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For auld lang syne, my jo….

Happy new year to all my friends and loved ones! Although I’ve got one and a half blog entries currently in progress, I thought that before I post them, I’d say happy new year to everyone in these dying moments of 2012. So all the best for 2013: hope it’s a brilliant year for you and yours – and me and mine also.

And so – with great thanks to Wikipedia and this site – here are the words to that mysterious song that gets sung at new year parties around the world: Auld Lang Syne. How many people out there do actually know the words, or what they mean?

It emanates from Scotland originally (1788), thanks to the Scottish poet Robert Burns…

Robert Burns

…so I give you the words to Auld Lang Syne, in this order:

 

1. How they pronounce it in Scotland (try saying it yourself, hehehe)

2. The original Robert Burns poem (not much more understandable than the first option, if you don’t come ‘frae Bonnie Scotland’)

3. What it actually means in modern(ish) English.

 

Happy new year, one and all!

Xxxxx

 

Scots pronunciation guide
(as Scots speakers would sound)

 This one for my mum and dad, Linda and Ralph Gray, who grew up not far from where ‘Rabbie Burns’ was born, three kilometres south of Ayr on the west of Scotland. 

 

Linda and Ralph young

Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,

an nivir brocht ti mynd?
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an ald lang syn?

CHORUS:

Fir ald lang syn, ma jo,
fir ald lang syn,
wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.

An sheerly yil bee yur pynt-staup!
an sheerly al bee myn!
An will tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.

CHORUS

We twa hay rin aboot the braes,
an pood the gowans fyn;
Bit weev wandert monae a weery fet,
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS

We twa hay pedilt in the burn,
fray mornin sun til dyn;
But seas between us bred hay roard
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS

An thers a han, my trustee feer!
an gees a han o thyn!
And we’ll tak a richt gude-willie-waucht,
fir ald lang syn.

CHORUS

 

Auld Lang Syne (traditional)

 

Auld Lang Syne music

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my jo,
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.

CHORUS

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie’s a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

 

Auld Lang Syne (translation into modern English) 

 

stroke of midnight

 

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my dear, (for old times’ sake)
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine; (dinner)
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

 

 

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