Auld acquaintances should not be forgotten. The first line is a question:
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Roughly translated as: Should we forget old friends and never think of them?
(A New Year's Question -- forget the past? Or remeber and celebrate it? The answer is in the chorus:)
We'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!
Translation: We'll have a drink for old time's sake (to remember old friends and times.)
The poem is by Robert Burns. Source(s):
The times gone past; the good old days. Source(s):