You're probably singing Auld Lang Syne all wrong… here's what you should be saying on NYE

MORE likely than not, you will probably hear and attempt to sing Auld Lang Syne this evening as we enter 2022.

But it's also very likely that you don't know the words and have been chanting the wrong ones all these years – as it's revealed that only 3% know the real lyrics.

Not only do we not know the true words, but new research by Sainsbury's has shown that a shocking number of people aren't aware who had written it – with some even attributing Robert Burns' lyrics to Mariah Carey.

In an effort to improve this, the supermarket has also shared a songsheet.

''We want everyone to have a great New Year’s Eve and singing Auld Lang Syne – or Old Land Sign as some people thought – is as much a part of our celebrations as a glass of fizz at midnight,'' said a spokesperson.


Other common errors included thinking the lyrics belonged to The Beatles (40 per cent), Abba (60 per cent), Taylor Swift (34 per cent) and Little Mix (30 per cent).

“And every time I see you shine, It’s like the lights of midnight, On New Year’s Eve” – these Snoop Dogg's lyrics were thought to be part of the song by 45 per cent of Brits.

When it comes to Scots, they didn't fare much better – as just seven per cent said they knew all the lyrics.

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However, they were able to identify Burns as the writer, with eight out of ten choosing the correct answer.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my jo,

for auld lang syne,

we’lltak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!

and surely I’ll be mine!

And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet

for auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,

and pou’d the gowans fine;

But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,

sin’ auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,

frae morning sun till dine;

But seas between us braid hae roar’d

sin’ auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!

and gie’s a hand o’ thine!

And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,

for auld lang syne.


Plus, 2022 horoscope predictions: What will the new year bring based on your star sign?

Also, here's what to wear this New Years Eve whatever your plans.

Meanwhile, we reveal how tin sizes of classic Christmas chocolates Roses and Quality Street have changed over the years.

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