Arm linking, foot stumbling and merry mumbling…..do you know the words of Auld Lang Syne? Does anybody? We all sing it, but we don’t know what it means and sometimes it can seem like a pretty depressing tune to be ringing the new year into. So this year, get armed with some facts before Big Ben Strikes.
- Auld Lang Syne is a truly ancient Scottish folk song.
- In Japan, department stores play the tune to signal that they are closing and shoppers should leave.
- Auld Lang Syne translates to “for the sake of old times”
- Auld Lang Syne is not just for Christmas, indeed it has been used at many funerals as the words fit perfectly.
- The song basically calls us to remember old friends.
And just in case you want to seriously impress, here are the words to the last verse, which everyone usually gets wrong.
However by that time….does anyone really care?
And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.