Auld Lang Syne

BBC Symphony, Chorus, & Singers

Scene from When Harry Met Sally

Harry: What does this song mean? For my whole life I don’t know what this song means. I mean, ‘Should old acquaintance be forgot”. Does that mean we should forget old acquaintances or does it mean if we happen to forget them we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot them!?

Sally: Well may be it just means that we should remember that we forgot them or something. Anyway it’s about old friends.

Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish Folk Song
Lyrics edited and augmented by poet Robert Burns in 1788

Phrasing, as sung by Canadian tenor John McDermott

[ Instrumental: Should auld a-cquain-tance be fo-rgot /
and ne-ver brought to mind?
Should auld a-cquain-tance be for-got /
and days of auld lang syne? ]

Should auld a-cquain-tance be fo-rgot /
and ne-ver brought to mind?
Should auld a-cquain-tance be for-got /
and days of auld lang syne?

For au-auld la-ang syne / my dear
For au-auld lang syne /
We’ll take a cup / of kind-ness yet /
Fo-or days of au-auld la-ang syne /

And here’s a hand / my trusty friend /
And here’s a hand of thine /
We’ll take a cup / of kind-ness yet /
Fo-or au-auld la-ang syne!

[ For au-auld la-ang syne / my dear
For au-auld lang syne /
We'll take a cup of kind-ness yet /
Fo-or au-auld la-ang syne / ]

For au-auld la-ang syne / my dear /
For au-auld lang syne /
We’ll take a cup / of kind-ness yet /
Fo-or au-auld la-ang syne /

For au-auld la-ang syne / my dear /
For au-auld lang syne /
We’ll take a cup / of kind-ness yet /
Fo-or au-auld la-ang syne!

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