Why do we sing “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve? Thank this Canadian

Today I Found Out:

This tradition is mostly thanks to Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadian Band. While their work is largely unknown to those born in the last few decades, the band has sold over 300 million records to date. Guy Lombardo himself has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was once the “Dick Clark” of New Years before Clark and his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” attempting to appeal to younger audiences, started supplanting “Mr. New Year’s Eve,” Guy Lombardo.

“Auld Lang Syne” is another one of those songs most of us don’t know the words to – like the Canadian National Anthem.



  • http://www.BarnesFamily.com/ davebarnes

    I am pretty sure the Canadian National Anthem begins: God save the Queen… That new song is not the REAL anthem.

  • the_other_stevejobs

    from memory

    oh canada our home and native land true patriot love in all thy sons command with glowing hearts we see thee rise true north strong and free from far and wide oh canada we stand on guard for thee god keep our land glorious and free oh canada we stand on guard for thee oh canada we stand on guard for thee

    not everyone in ‘murica is a limosuine-liberal, soda-banning coastie who believes that the sun rises and sets in New York City and San Francisco alone – some of us in the middle don’t live in big cities full of hipsters – we get our hands dirty and faces bloody playing the best sport on earth. (i play forward and shoot right… but play left wing because i have a wicked backhand pass)

    • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

      The reason for the joke (I assume) is because the lyrics have changed before, and there was a (failed) proposal to change them again.

      But you did miss a word. :)

      • Moeskido

        Not to mention a few opportunities for oddly conflated cliché stereotypes.

  • Moeskido

    I remember seeing Lombardo every year as part of the New Year’s television lineup when I was a kid, but we rarely watched more than a few minutes of him at a time. The low-key swing-band sound didn’t engage my interest back then. And there was a lot more happening on the other stations. Don’t remember if my mother felt differently.