Auld lang syne (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2015-12-16)   CPDL #37897:      Sibelius.png (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Philip Rice (submitted 2015-12-16).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 1 page, 34 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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Editor: Johannes Becker (submitted 2014-04-17).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 142 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Ludwig van Beethoven, WoO 156, 3 pages score, 1 page vocals STB, 1 page violin and violoncello
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Editor: Brigid Baker (submitted 2010-04-19).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 144 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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  • CPDL #19579:  Network.png PDF, Midi & Overture files available.
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2009-05-31).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 18 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Harmonised for SATB, a cappella to the original melody as collected by Robert Burns. All five verses given; also a version with verses 1 & 5 only.
  • CPDL #06184:  Network.png
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2003-12-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Unison with piano accompaniment.
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Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2000-11-27).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arr. Eva Toller for SSAA. MIDI files available for each part
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Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
Edition notes: Harmonised for SATB, a cappella.

General Information

Title: Auld Lang Syne
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist: Robert Burns (set down from an old man's singing)

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison or SATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1793 by Robert Burns

Description: This is a very old Scotch folk-song, built on the pentatonic, or five-toned scale. Burns revised it and added the second and other stanzas, but the original words and tune go much farther back into old Scotch legend. The tune's old name, according to Gilfillan, was "I Fee’d a Lad at Michaelmas". It is sung throughout the English-speaking world especially at social gatherings. From Old Songs for Young Voices collected by Agnes L. Money, 1898, from The National Burns, edited by Rev George Gilfillan, containing the song as collected by Robert Burns in 1793.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

2. We twa hae run about the braes
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fitt
Sin' auld lang syne.

3. We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

4. And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
We'll take a right guide-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

5. And surely, ye'll be you pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.