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Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne

31 Dec 98 - 11:10 AM (#51538)
Subject: MUS ADD - Auld Lang Syne
From: Ian Kirk

Happy New Year all. I found a couple of different tunes for Auld Lang Syne in the Digitrad database but here's another one. I heard it on a tape of various Scottish Bands and I know no more about it apart from the fact that is is a lovely melody that fits the words perfectly in my 'umble opinion

T:Auld Lang Syne
B |\
B3 c d2 B2 |\
A3 G G3 G |\
G2 g2 f2 g2 |\
e6 f2 |\
gg3/2g f2 ed e2 |\
d2 A4 gf |\
e2 d2 BABd |\
e4 ::

I'll raise a glass to all the Mudcatters when it gets to midnight here in the UK. And as my old man who was from Fife, Scotland used to say

"Here's to us
Was like us
Damn few
And their all dead"

Happy New Year


02 Jan 00 - 04:52 PM (#157087)
Subject: RE: MUS ADD - Auld Langs Syne
From: Craig Cockburn

The Cast have recorded the traditional version of Auld Lang Syne (ie not the popular tune) and if you'd like to hear it, follow this link:

There's links there to samples of the song.

02 Jan 00 - 05:24 PM (#157100)
Subject: RE: MUS ADD - Auld Langs Syne
From: Bruce O.

There are ABCs of two versions of old "Auld Lang Syne" on my website in file S2.HTM and 7 of the newer one.

03 Nov 02 - 03:13 PM (#817593)
Subject: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: GUEST,Linksfiend

Can anyone recommend a good recording of Auld Lang Syne? I'm trying to find something with pipes, vocals and more than the typical two verses.

Click for Danish version

03 Nov 02 - 05:49 PM (#817703)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: Freso

Hm... just thinking aloud now, and has nothing to do with asked question, but... do you live in Denmark, Copenhagen?

03 Nov 02 - 05:55 PM (#817706)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: GUEST,Linksfiend

Not that I understand the question... but no -- Buffalo, NY

03 Nov 02 - 06:01 PM (#817708)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: Freso

Mmkay then, thought you were a friend of mine for whom I sang the song earlier, the same friend who once told me about this site... so, yeah, I was just wondering :)

03 Nov 02 - 06:20 PM (#817717)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: GUEST,Linksfiend

OK... Great site though, ain't it

03 Nov 02 - 09:01 PM (#817800)
Subject: Lyr Add: AULD LANG SYNE (Scots Musical Museum)
From: masato sakurai

The Scots Musical Museum version, which Burns contributed, is not in the DT. This is the one in James Kinsley's Burns: Poems and Songs (Oxford, 1969, p, 353). Copied from a reprinted edition of The Scots Musical Museum (four-volume edition, 1853; Folklore Associates, 1962, p. 426; with the original tune).

Auld lang syne.

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

 For auld lang syne my jo,
 For auld lang syne,
 We'll tak a *cup o' kindness yet
 for auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
 For auld, &c.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wandered monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.
 For auld, &c.

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.
 For auld, &c.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie-waught,
For auld lang syne.
 For auld, &c.

*Some Sing, Kiss, in place of Cup. [--original note]

Ronnie Brown sings this version on The Complete Songs of Robert Burns, volume 3 (Linn Records CKD 062) [also on Auld Lang Syne: A fine slection of popular Robert Burns songs (Linn Records CKD 088)]. Rod Paterson's singing (also with the original tune) is based on this, but the order of subsequent verses are changed (on Celtic Collections, vol. 2: Songs of Robert Burns (CDGMP 8002). I have heard Jean Redpath's recording.

The first setting with the now well-known tune [that of "O Can Ye Labor Lea"] is in George Thomson's Select Collection of Original Scot[t]ish Airs (1779) [photo of the page is in James J. Fuld, The Book of World-Famous Music, plate I], under the title of "Should auld acquaintence be forgot," whose setting is by Czech composer Leopold Kozeluch. The Kozeluch version was a two-part song, which was "simplified." His original setting (1798) was a four-part song with violin, cello, and piano accompaniments, and is on Scottish Early Music Consort's Burns: Songs & Music (Chandos CHAN 8636) [= Auld Scottish Sangs: Scots songs collected by Robert Burns (Chaconne/Chandos CHAN 0581)].

George Thomson asked Beethoven to provide an arrangement, which is on Complete Beethoven Edition, vol.17 [Volkslied-Bearbeitungen] (Deutsche Grammophon 453 786-2) [Felicity Lott (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Thomas Allen (bariton)] and on The New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, Beethoven Folk Song Arrangements for Vocal Ensemble (Arabesque Z6672).

There're hundreds of recordings (search Amazon, Yahoo, CD NOW, CD Universe, Barnes & Noble). Some interesting recordings (at least to me) are on these CDs: Dame Nellie Melba (Larrikin CDLRH221) [recorded 1905]; V.A., The Star o' Rabbie Burns (Moidart Music Group MIDCD 004) [sung by Peter Dawson (recorded 1930)]; Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and Moira Anderson (soprano), Songs of Scotland (ASV CD WHL 2087); V.A., Songs of Scotland: A Celebration of the Magic of Scotland (Music Digital CD 6062) [John Laurie (reading) / The Regimental Band of the Grenadier Guards with Guest Pipers]; V.A., New Orleans Brass Bands: Down Yonder (Rounder CD 11562) [Dejan's Olympia Brass Band]; V.A., Alligator Stomp, vol.4: Cajun Christmas (Rhino R2 71058) [Michael Doucet (fiddle) and others].


04 Nov 02 - 06:23 PM (#818485)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: Freso

It is indeed, Linksfiend! :)

04 Nov 02 - 07:22 PM (#818521)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: Clinton Hammond

Sometime soon "An Oddly Distracting Christmas" will be available on on it will be my recording of Auld Lang Syne... I sing the verses in the the 'original' tune and the chorus in the typical tune... it's taken some work to wrap my head around it, but I think it's kinda cool...

I'll also be recording most of the verses above, but might leave off one so there's room for an instrumental bit...

04 Nov 02 - 07:51 PM (#818546)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: Susanne (skw)

Try to find Ian Bruce's 'Alloway Tales'. He sings about five verses to the original tune, which isn't as sickly-sweet as the usual one. No skirl o' the pipes, though, IIRR!

05 Nov 02 - 03:40 AM (#818802)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: GUEST,Boab

Ta, Susanne---I like the original tune, I like Ian Bruce---I'll be howkin' aroond--

05 Nov 02 - 05:11 AM (#818850)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: masato sakurai

Thanks, Susanne, I didn't know the Ian Bruce CD.

Sound clips for the original version:

Ronnie Browne, whose name is Browne.

Jean Redpath

Ian Bruce


05 Nov 02 - 05:19 AM (#818854)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: Bullfrog Jones

For reference, my Pictish friends tell me that the 'S' in Syne should be soft. They get upset at people who sing Auld Lang Zyne, and you know what they're like when they get upset!


29 Jan 21 - 09:23 AM (#4090481)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne

Eddi Reader here... I got the more plaintive tune from the Tannahill Weavers 1981 album
you can hear it here

29 Jan 21 - 04:35 PM (#4090556)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: GUEST,Gallus Moll

Thank you Bullfrog Jones- it is absolutely correct that the pronunciation of 'syne' IS 'Syne' NOT 'zyne'!!

- I like to sing the whole song to the old/original tune, but there are occasions when that is probably not possible, you have to bow to the inevitable! (Jean Redpath used to tell of an occasion when she was elbowed away from the microphone by a man who did not appreciate her rendition of Burns' original version!!)

29 Jan 21 - 07:03 PM (#4090581)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: Jack Campin

The older tune is not one Burns wanted to be associated with - he described it as mediocre in a letter to Thomson, which must have been a strong hint for him to find something better. The new tune was a flash of inspiration - Burns was right.

The old tune was used for other sets of words. Again Burns got it right and selected the only text that was any good.

30 Jan 21 - 05:23 AM (#4090635)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: Tattie Bogle

Another Jean Redpath story; I was at a concert she gave in Dunfermline some years ago, when she started to sing “Auld Lang Syne” to the older tune. To her surprise, a lot if the audience joined in; “Oh, you know that one.” said she.

And as for things that annoy you, as well as pronunciation of Syne, there is the frequently mis-placed ( or even unnecessary) apostrophe that is so often seen (though fortunately not on this thread) in descriptions or advertisements for events celebrating the bard. Burn’s - never ever ever!!

30 Jan 21 - 07:04 AM (#4090644)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
From: Allan Conn

Tattie Bogle - we can't walk down the average high street without my better half going into near apoplexy as we pass shop signs and posters with rogue apostrophes or perhaps no apostrophe where there should be one. She was a PA by profession so I suppose that kind of thing bothers her much more than the average person. She is perfectly right in that there are far too many mistakes but I do find it a tad entertaining just how much it gets to her.