As soon as anyone mentions “Auld Lang Syne,” you probably start singing it in your head. The tune has long been the song for the new year. But where did it come from, and why do we sing it as the ball drops at midnight on January 1st?
A Brief History
“Auld Lang Syne” roughly translates to for old times sake in Scottish. The earliest known history of the song dates back to 1788 when Robert Burns sent the poem to Scots Musical Museum indicating it was an ancient song. While Burns claims he did not write the song he was the first to put it on paper. It became a favorite song in Scotland and was sang during several occasions from weddings to the New Year, but it wasn’t until 1928 that the old Scottish song became famous around the world.
Credit for its worldwide popularity can be given to the band Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians. Lombardo was raised in Ontario which was founded by Scots. This made him well aware of Scottish history and of course, the famous poem Burns put on paper. Auld Lang Syne was one of the bands popular songs, and when it hit the airwaves, the world was hooked.
“Auld Lang Syne” Meaning
Though the old tune has been around for years, the meaning of the song is why it is so significant for the New Year. Auld Lang Syne is about reminiscing old friendships and looking back over the events of the past year. It asks the question, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?” In other words, should we forget all past acquaintances and move on or remember for old times sake? The song offers reflection and hope for a better new year.
New York New Year’s Eve
We won’t forget about our LDTC acquaintances old or new in 2020, and invite you to spend New Year’s Eve at the LDTC. Sing Auld Lang Syne with us during New York New Year’s Eve doors open at 6:00 PM we count down to the New Year at 10:00 PM (Midnight New York Time).