Auld Lang Syne

“The sweetest music this side of heaven”

What do the words to that song we sing on New Year’s Eve mean, and how did a Canadian bandleader become so inseparable from them? “Auld Lang Syne” has aptly been described as the song that nobody knows, although it is universally the song the English-speaking world uses to bid farewell to the old year and to hail the new.