Here Are the Actual Lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne”

It’s almost 2020, which means the time has come to say goodbye to 2019. Of course, not before gathering around the family piano-by which I mean your iPhone-for a rousing rendition of “Auld Lang Syne!” The Scottish folk song is traditionally sung at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, and let’s be honest: most of us have no idea what the hell we’re even singing. But this year, impress your friends by knowing the lyrics! Here ya go:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my jo,

for auld lang syne,

we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.


The above two verses are typically the ones sung on New Year’s Eve because everyone is too wasted to remember the entire song.

Soooo, what does “auld lang syne” mean? It loosely translates to “old long since.” Or “days gone by,” if you will. Or “for old time’s sake,” if you prefer. Basically, it evokes a sense of nostalgia and friendship about being with the ones you love at the start of a new year! Just FYI that the English version typically changes “auld” to “old” in the first line, and “my jo” is often replaced “my dear.”