Auld Lang Syne (original lyrics)


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min’?
Should auld 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.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wandered mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidled i’ the burn,
From morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roared
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.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I’ll be mine;
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.


Words by Robert Burns
Music: Traditional Scottish folk song



Robert Burns (1759-1796) contributed the lyric to the 5th volume of James Johnson’s ‘Scots Musical Museum’ (1787-1803), for which he had been asked to collect songs.
Burns hadn’t written it himself, but merely taken it down while listening to some old man singing it. In fact, the refrain had long been in print, and the first line and title appear in a poem by Allan Ramsay (1686-1758). The original version has also been credited to Robert Aytoun (1570-1638).


No studio recording by Tom Waits is available, but he uses a few bars of the music as introduction to ‘A Sight for Sore Eyes’ on the album ‘Foreign Affairs’ 1977


A live performance of the song is available on this bootleg:
The Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, December 31, 1990


The music is also used at the start of the movie ‘Big Time’ 1988



Note: That's not typos to the left there. It's Scottish.