The story behind New Year's Eve history & traditions

VERSE:

We twa hae run about the braes,

And pu'd the gowans fine;

But we've wander'd mony a weary fit

Sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS

VERSE:

We twa hae paidl'd i' the burn,

Frae morning sun till dine; (dine = dinner time)

But seas between us braid hae roar'd

Sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS

VERSE:

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!

And gie's a hand o' thine!

And we'll tak a right gude-willy waught,

For auld lang syne.

CHORUS

Singing the song on "Hogmanay," or Scottish New Year's Eve celebrations, quickly became a custom and eventually spread to other parts of the British Isles. When the Brits emigrated around the world, so did the song.

"Auld Lang Syne" made its way into America in 1929 when bandleader Guy Lombardo and his band played it at the Roosevelt Hotel at a New Year's Eve party.