New Year’s Eve: Nation relying on just humming Auld Lang Syne


It’s New Year’s Eve and many will welcome in the new year with the traditional song Auld Lang Syne written by the Scottish Poet Robert Burns.

However, research has shown that 99.8% of people don’t actually know the lyrics and a further 80% of those have trouble spelling Auld Lang Syne to be able to find the lyrics online. 

And for small minority of those who do find the lyrics, they realise that they haven’t got a clue what they’re on about and therefore have little chance of memorising them and impressing their friends.

Hence, it appears to be another year where the overwhelming majority of people are proposing to sing the first line of the song and then hum the rest or drunkenly slur the words (even if they’re not drunk).

A few of the more devout will celebrate New Year’s Eve singing Cliff Richard’s Millennial Prayer to the tune of Auld Lang Syne, whereas Fundamentalists who think all singing is sin will instead recite the words of the psalms – but obviously not those ones which mention singing.

Reporter: John Spencer aka Not the Bible 

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