You know that song you hear only at midnight on New Year’s Eve? That one that no one really knows much less knows the meaning of? Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about Auld Lang Syne.
It all started in 1929 when Guy Lombardo played it between two radio programs in a live performance. It just so happened that they played it just after the stroke of midnight on New Year’s and people have been singing it ever since.
The words come from a Robert Burns poem written in the 18th century. The music is an old Scottish folk song. The words were set to the music by Burns himself in his later years.
Auld Lang Syne is from the Scots language (spoken in Lowland Scotland) and it means something like “long, long ago” or “times gone by”.
What about the rest of the words? Well, it’s poetry so your guess is as good as anyone else’s, but most agree that it is about reminiscing on old times with a pint in hand and old buddies by your side. It reminds us of the love and appreciation of the past and a sense of companionship as we move into the future.