"Auld Lang Syne" was a Scottish folk song from the 1600's or earlier. It was originally sung to a different tune from the current one. Around 1788, Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote his version, the one we know today. It's largely based on the older song and set to the same tune.

In 1799, the song appeared in "Thomson's Scotish Airs" and was for the first time set to the tune we know. That tune has it's roots in an old Scottish Dance Song.

You can read the Scots text to "Auld Lang Syne" below with an English version. You can also hear two recordings of this song sung; one to the old tune and one to the newer one.

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*Approximately a 3 - 4 pint cup

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"Auld Lang Syne" is also sung at funerals, graduations and as an ending to other occasions (like Burns Suppers). The Boy Scout's use this song to close jamborees and other functions around the world.

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Morgan Library has an online exhibit of this song called Auld Lang Syne: The Story of a Song

Listen

You can hear the current version of this song below.

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1st Recording: sung by Ruth Golding

You can hear this song sung to the older original tune below.

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2nd Recording: Sung by Carol Stripling

You can hear Auld Lang Syne recited below.

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3rd Recording: Recited by Joseph Finkberg