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"Auld Lang Syne" Lyrics, Text Format

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Words: Robert Burns (1788), Scots poem, Scottland
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/ ti ta ta |syncopation, | ta/ ti ta ti ti | syncopation | ta/a/a ta |
  • Pitches: advanced: So La Do Re Mi So La Do
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do/Mi ascending inverted tonic arpeggio, Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do\La (m3), Do/La (M6), Re/La (P5), La/Do (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: none; dotted rhythms, syncopation, pickup beat, vocal slurs, extended range
  • Key Words: Scottish poem, Scotland, traditional folk tune, bidding farewell, ending for occasions, multiple meanings for “auld lang syne”: “long long ago”, “for the sake of old times,” auld, acquaintance, brought, brought to mind, syne, yet

“Auld Lang Syne” 

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


For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

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