Auld lang syne lyrics, translation and meaning - Robert Burns 

translation, words to / meaning Auld lang syne lyrics


Robert Burns:
Who was he?

Short biography:
Early life
Farm Life
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His celebration:
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Celebration running order
Auld lang syne

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Words to a traditional song by Rabbie Burns.

Robert Burns: Auld Lang Syne

Words adapted from a traditional song

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And 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 pou'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
guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Meanings / translation

auld lang syne means "old long ago" (effectively "times gone by" ).

be - pay for

braes - hills

braid - broad

dine - dinner/ evening time

fiere - friend

fit - foot

gowans - daisies

guid-willie waught - goodwill drink

mony - many

morning sun - noon

pou'd - pulled

twa - two