Auld Lang Syne

Traditional song
First published in 1796
Words by the Scottish poet Robert Burns

First verse:
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and days of auld lang syne?

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Auld Lang Syne - guitar tab, notes, chords and lyrics

”Auld Lang Syne” is a traditional melody based on a poem written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. The title ”Auld Lang Syne” is old-fashioned and can be translated in modern English language to ”Old long since”. In English-speaking countries, the song has been associated with New Year festival.

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Tips on how to learn this song

The song is based on a common structure with 16 bars (the first pick-up bar excluded). Notice the ABAB structure of these 16 bars: the first and third parts are similar as well as the second and fourth parts.

The melody is only involving three strings, which makes it rather easy to play and to memorize.

Lyrics and chords

Auld Lang Syne chords in the key of CVerse 1:
Should (C)auld acquaintance (G)be forgot,
and (C)never brought to (F)mind?
Should (C)auld acquaintance (G)be forgot,
and (F)days of auld lang (C)syne?

Chorus:
For (C)auld lang (G)syne, my dear,
for (C)auld lang (F)syne,
we'll (C)take a cup o' (G)kindness yet,
for (F)auld lang (C)syne.

Auld Lang Syne chords in the key of DVerse 1:
Should (D)auld acquaintance (A)be forgot,
and (D)never brought to (G)mind?
Should (D)auld acquaintance (A)be forgot,
and (G)days of auld lang (D)syne?

Chorus:
For (D)auld lang (A)syne, my dear,
for (D)auld lang (G)syne,
we'll (D)take a cup o' (A)kindness yet,
for (G)auld lang (D)syne.

These versions include only the first verse of the song (and the chorus), that include as most four versions in some versions.

In modernized versions, “auld” is translated to “old” in some passage of the lyrics (“Should old acquaintance be forgot” instead of “Should auld acquaintance be forgot”).

The key of the song can be transposed with a capo (based on the chords in the D major version):

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Auld Lang Syne" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

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KEY

The (tab) version of Auld Lang Syne is played in the key of C.

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Time signature

The song is played in 4/4 tempo (counted one, two, three, four for each measure).

Tuning overview

Tuning

The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

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Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 120 for the presented version.

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