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      'Auld Lang Syne' lyrics: Ring in 2015 with the traditional song

      New Year's 2013 in Times Square. (AP photo)

      WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The time is ticking down. 10 ... 9... 8 ...

      The party is in full swing. 7... 6 ... 5...

      You're about to ring in a new year and everyone is about to burst into song! 4 ... 3... 2 ...

      You don't know the lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne!"

      1! Happy New Year!

      Don't be left out in the cold this year, or worse yet, get caught mumbling incoherent lyrics to the song sang the world over to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another.

      "Auld Lang Syne" is actually a 1788 Robert Burns poem put to song. Loosely translated to "old long since," the poem is meant to, of course, celebrate a new year.

      Here's the full poem. Keep it around, lest you be the only one in the room not belting it out once midnight hits. Have a happy and safe new year!

      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 of 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.

      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.

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      CHORUS

      The song is a bit different in the original Scots language, which was provided to us by Twitter follower Craig Cockburn.

      Should auld acquaintance be forgot
      And never brought to mind
      Should auld acquaintaince be forgot
      And auld lang syne.

      CHORUS:
      For auld lang syne, my dear,
      For auld lang syne,
      We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
      For auld lang syne.

      And surely you'll be your pint stowp
      And surely I'll be mine,
      And we'll drink a richt guid willy waught
      For auld lang syne.

      CHORUS

      We twa hae run aboot the braes
      And pu'd the gowans fine,
      But we've wandered monie a wearie fit'
      Since auld lang syne.

      CHORUS

      We twa hae paidled in the burn
      Frae morning sun till dine
      But seas a'tween us braid hae roared
      Since auld lang syne

      CHORUS

      And here's a hand my trusty fere
      And gie's a hand o' thine
      And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
      For auld lang syne.

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      CHORUS