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Lyrics by traditional; Robert Burns
Date late 18th century

"Auld Lang Syne" is a traditional Scottish song. The words are based on a poem transcribed and written by Robert Burns; the music is a Scottish dance song from the late 18th century. In many English-speaking countries, it is sung at midnight on New Year's Eve each year to usher in the new year. It is also heard at the end of other events such as funerals.

In episode 406 of The Muppet Show, Waldorf sings the line "Should auld acquaintance be forgot..." at the end of the show. When Statler asks why he's singing it, Waldorf replies: he forgot.

Rowlf and the Muppets rehearse "Auld Lang Syne" for a goodbye to Miss Piggy as the UK Spot on episode 502 of The Muppet Show, since Piggy would be leaving, Gonzo suggested that they change the lyrics to "In the days of Auld Lang Swine." However, when they realize that she will take Foo Foo with her, they switch songs and rehearse "For She's a Jolly Good Porker." They end up switching back and forth between the two, as Miss Piggy exits ("Auld Lang Syne") and enters ("Jolly Good Porker") her dressing room.

Music Mentions

Kenny G recorded an instrumental version of the song, of which two special remixes were released on two of his albums, each featuring a collection of historic audio clippings. Both versions feature a different Sesame Street Muppet:

Faith - A Holiday Album (1999)
Track #12 - "Auld Lang Syne (The Millennium Mix)" [Bonus Track]:
Everyone on Sesame Street is always talkin' about love. Yuck!
Oscar the Grouch (at time index 6:07)
Wishes - A Holiday Album (2002)
Track #10 - "Auld Lang Syne (Freedom Mix)":
Hey Bert! I've brought home a surprise, Bert!
Ernie (at time index 3:33)
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