We sing it every New Year's Eve but do you know the history behind this song?  Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788, according to Wikipedia, and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.

In the days of Auld Lang Syne is the equivalent of Once Upon a time in Scots retelling of fairy tales. The first lyrics were simpler.

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,

and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On old long syne.

On old long syne my Jo,
On old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On old long syne.
  • 1

    Auld Lang Syne - Dropkick Murphys

    You can't beat the punk rock out of me.  This is my favorite version.

  • 2

    Auld Lang Syne - Robert Burns Csonga

    Almost like the original.

  • 3

    Same Old Lang Syne - Dan Folgerberg

    Different take on the song; still a great cover.

  • 4

    Auld Lang Syne - James Taylor

    Sweet, creamy version of the song.

  • 5

    Auld Lang Syne - Bruce Springsteen

    This was almost my No. 1 one pick, a rockin' version of the song.