The New Year's Eve song, explained Inside Hong Kong’s cage 2 days ago   06:35

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The US associates "Auld Lang Syne" with the New Year, but not everyone does.

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After the ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve, the crowd cheers, couples kiss, confetti flies and the song you hear is "Auld Lang Syne." For Americans this song is associated with another year passing, but it means something else entirely in other cultures. Since the Scottish poet Robert Burns first published the words to the song in the 18th century, the melody has been adapted as a soccer ballad in the Netherlands, a graduation song in Japan, and more.

This video explains how an obscure Scottish folk tune took on new life around the world and how Guy Lombardo solidified it as the sound the US hears at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.

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Here's our last video of 2018! Happy New Year everyone 🍾✨✨
TA TINN
If you stay in any department store that is closing in 10-15min, this song will come on, over the PA.
P I L O S O P A U L
In the Philippines it is popular during JS Proms
The Strangler
I didnt know this was a new year song til I watch this video
In latin america is a christmas carol song🤣
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Guid-Willie

🤔🤔🤔
bred
this is cultural appropriation /s
Afloat Toaster
A daimen-icker in a thrave, imbeciles
Chandler
Volume control!!! Geez
Yoshin van Hek
Its not a 'Dutch soccer song', its the melody of our national anthem!
Pablo123456x
New years eve is just leftist PROPAGANDA.
Yes, I`m yet another right winger who types with CAPS LOCKED saying that everything is PROPAGANDA.
lente Mulder
That old woman at 4:21 is awesome 👍🏼❤️
Jessica Anderson
yay! not clickbait!:D
Devon Bishop
Can you explain Good King Wenceslas next?
Jen Marie
I hate this depressing song! :p
Ananya Ann Thomas
This song is in Thailand too. It's about harmony
Nardu Doe-Lawaon
In primary school when I was learning French this song was the tune to which we recited the alphabet

Did this happen for anyone else?
JBcaptian
Big ben bongs which is even better.
rumblerobotblueteam
The song makes me happy and sad for some reason.
Denny HH
this is mr. bean song with paper hat 😂😂
TenThumbs Productions
I’d love a pub to bring back the everybody singing vibe
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Inside Hong Kong’s cage The New Year's Eve song, explained 2 days ago   09:54

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