Auld Lang Syne; lyrics to the song that makes me weep for no good reason

Last sketch of 2015 (probably);
 Life drawing, quick charcoal & pastel sketch on mi-teintes, Auld Lang Syne,
click through to read sketch narrative.
The Scots have given us many wonderful things, 
and tonight we will sing a tune that is perhaps one of their most far reaching creations.

Penned by poet Robert Burns, this song stirs my soul like no other.

It's one of the most beautiful songs in the world, and it is sung all over the globe.
It doesn't matter if I'm having a blast, this song starts and I'm all choked up.
Seriously. It's like this song embodies all the melancholy I could ever possibly feel in the span of five minutes.

Literally translated, auld lang syne means "old long since", or long, long ago, days gone by, etcetera..

For the record, it's basically a song about remembering people and times gone by, 
not about forgetting them, but you do what you gotta do on New Year's Eve.

(But My God, the line about the "seas between us broad have roared"...*blinks back tears*)

And taking a cup of kindness is raising a glass and toasting to times gone by. 

Below are the modern lyrics, because Scottish is hard. 

(Visit to learn more about Burns and the original Scottish dialect lyrics.)

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!


For auld lang syne, my dear*, 
For auld lang syne,

We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,

For auld lang syne,

(this "my dear" is sometimes "my jo" or love)

We two have run about the hills

And pulled the daisies fine;

But we've wandered many the weary foot

Since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,

From noon till dinner time;

But the seas between us broad have roared,

Since auld lang syne.


And there's a hand, my trusty friend!

And give a hand o' thine!

And we'll take a right good willy waught, (goodwill drink of ale)

For auld lang syne.


And surely you will buy your *cup (*pint)

And surely I'll buy mine!

And we'll take a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.


 (yes, again)

Stay safe out there tonight.
May you look back with love, 
release what you don't need, 
and take a cup o'kindness~


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