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auld lang syne   Misc. Christmas









The words are by, I believe, Robert Burns.  Please check me on this.  Some
English poet, anyway.  I ain't an English major.  I don't know who
originally set it to music, but here goes:

Auld Lang Syne

       F                C7
Should old acquaintance be forgot
    F                Bb
And never brought to mind
      F                C7
Should old acquaintance be forgot
A   Dm   Gm7     C7   F
And days of auld lang syne

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

The original poem has another verse, but nobody ever sings it. 

Special bonus (because I don't want to go back to studying yet): Melody tab

e-----------5---------5------5--8--10--10--8--5-5----------5------------
b---6--5-6-----8-6-8-----6-6----------------------6--8-6-8---6-------6--
g-5------------------------------------------------------------7-7-5----


e-10--8--5-5-----------10--8--5-5--8--10--10--8--5-5---------5----------
b------------6--8-6-8--------------------------------6-8-6-8---6-------6
g----------------------------------------------------------------7-7-5--

Play with a wah-wah and very heavy distortion; it sounds cool, really.

Happy new year to you all; I'm going home for break (assuming I survive
exams), so I shan't be posting for a while (now, now, don't get too
upset).

Corrections, improvements, good karma welcome as always.

Alec

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PAISLEYSAINT (report)

Robert Burns sent a copy of the original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, “The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man".[5] Some of the lyrics were indeed "collected" rather than composed by the poet; the ballad "Old Long Syne" printed in 1711 by James Watson shows considerable similarity in the first verse and the chorus to Burns' later poem,[4] and is almost certainly derived from the same "old song". It is a fair supposition to attribute the rest of the poem to Burns himself.[5]

There is some doubt as to whether the melody used today is the same one Burns originally intended, but it is widely used in Scotland and in the rest of the world.[6](wikipedia)

Singing the song on Hogmanay or New Year's Eve very quickly became a Scots custom that soon spread to other parts of the British Isles. As Scots (and other Britons) emigrated around the world, they took the song with them.

The song is widely credited to Burns, the National Bard of Scotland. For alternative melodies listen to Eddie Reader or other Scottish Folk artists. The best version I have heard lately is by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis and features on the Sex In The City Movie Soundtrack.

Stedge (report)

FAO - outforaduck - You need to check YOUR facts before coming on here all angry. Robert Burns did not write auld lang syne. He only added verses to an already existing poem that was written before he was even born

outforaduck (report)

You are right to say the words are those of Robert Burns. He is a Scottish poet though, not a bloody English one!!
If you are going to post songs by Scotland's most famous poet, then please do the courtesy of knowing what you are talking about, when commenting on who wrote the song.