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The tradition and meaning of 'Auld Lang Syne' at New Year's

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(RNN) - Auld Lang Syne has been around since at least the 1700s and a New Year's staple since 1929.

The lyrics to the Scottish folk song are often attributed to poet Robert Burns, although he claimed he wrote it down after hearing someone else sing it. They talk about two people reminiscing over a drink about the times gone by.

The modern tradition began when it was used as a bridge between big band leader Guy Lombardo's radio programs out of Roosevelt Hotel in New York. It happened to play as the clock struck midnight and has become a part of the festivities ever since. states the words mean "long, long ago." The chorus translates to:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And long, long ago.

So next time you're sitting with a friend discussing paddling in the streams, running around the hills and pulling up some fine daisies, buy each other a draft of good-will in memory of "auld lang syne."

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