These country stars may not have actually been singing during the New Year’s Eve countdown screenshot

Most of us have fumbled over the words to songs, perhaps an old hymn, classic Christmas carol or the national anthem, that was written so long ago that it’s difficult to even understand what they mean. But another song springs to mind when we think about those challenging lyrics, the traditional New Year’s Eve theme “Auld Lang Syne.”

It turns out we aren’t the only ones that have trouble with this particular tune. asked country stars to give the song a try in a new video, and it seems that maybe we could all use a review of how the song goes.

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Neither William Michael Morgan nor Dustin Lynch seem to know most of the words and while Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild seem hesitant, they seem to have an idea of how the song goes.

In fact, several of the acts, including Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Parmalee, Chase Rice and Brothers Osborne have a good feel for the lyrics and melody, but they seem to bail before they get too deep in it. And Lauren Alaina ends up entertaining us with a solid case of the giggles.

Brett Young and Ashley Campbell, however, sound amazing with the little clips of “Auld Lang Syne” that we hear, as do Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Although it’s hard to beat Old Dominion’s “meowy” version of the classic.

Maybe it would help if we heard the song the way it’s supposed to sound–with a touch of country, of course, courtesy of Mindy Smith.

It may also help to know that “Auld Lang Syne” was not created to be a song. According to Mental Floss, Scottish poet Robert Burns is credited with writing the poem that was to be recited as the old year was escorted out and a new one was brought in at midnight. Also, we tend to think those who sing “old” instead of “auld” are incorrect, but in a way, they’re actually spot on since “auld lang syne” means for old time’s sake.


Confused yet? Hang on, we have more.

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In addition, while many of us know the orchestra version of the song, as we heard in “When Harry Met Sally” or when our parents let us stay up late to hear Guy Lombardo ring in the new year, that also isn’t how the song was meant to be played.

“Auld Lang Syne” was intended to have the folky feel that Ashley Campbell gives it in the country compilation above. Does it sound familiar to you? It might if you’ve seen the movie “Sex and the City.” Scottish singer Mairi Campbell performed it for the soundtrack and it is pretty magical.


Whether you know the words or not, the important part is that the song recalls sweet memories and marks a fresh start. Happy 2018!

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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