It’s Official – Virtually Nobody Knows The Lyrics To Auld Lang Syne

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It is the biggest New Year’s Day tradition. Everyone linking arms after the stroke of midnight, ringing in the New Year while they sing, Auld Lang Syne. But do you know all the lyrics to the song?

Chances are, you probably don’t because recent statistics from research completed by Sainsbury’s show that 3% of the population know all the words to the New Year classic, but a huge 42% of millennials don’t know a single line.

To my knowledge, most people tend to just sing the first line, or the chorus and hum the rest, since they’ve probably been celebrating the festivities with several beverages before hand – and that song is hard enough to remember sober, let alone after a few glasses of bubbles!


Apparently, Sainsbury’s showed people song lyrics and they were then asked if they recognised them as being part of Auld Lang Syne, or something else. And it turns out, 40% of those asked thought that Beatles lyrics were part of it, while 60% were convinced words from Abba songs were definitely part of it.

But best of all, 34% managed to get Taylor Swift lyrics confused with it – just FYI in case you were one of those peeps, pretty sure Auld Lang Syne is much, much older than Taylor Swift so unless she made the tune from the womb, it’s safe to say she’s not written a line.

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45% of 18-24 year olds think Snoop Dogg’s lyrics are included

Our favourite finding, however was that 3% of 18-24 year-olds actually thought Mariah Carey was behind the classic, while 45% of people thought that these lyrics: “And every time I see you shine. It’s like the lights of midnight. On New Year’s Eve” are part of the song, when actually they’re from Snoop Dogg’s New Year’s Eve track – we kind of wish they were.

So JUST in case you’re going to attempt this banger at 12am on 1 January, as opposed to a Taylor Swift or Dua Lipa number, here are the ACTUAL lyrics for you to practice:

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Chorus

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

Chorus

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

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Chorus

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.