The words to Auld Lang Syne were written by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788, and set to an old Scottish folk melody. Auld Lang Syne became the standard song of New Year’s Eve, and even though it has nothing to do with Christmas, it is often sung during the holiday season. People sing Auld Lang Syne all around the world as the clock strikes midnight and brings in the new year. The song also has been featured in several movies, notably at the end of the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of Auld Lang Syne, or scroll down for links to many more arrangements in seven different keys in treble, bass, and alto clefs. There are also woodwind, brass, and string arrangements of the carol in the key of C, so all instruments can play it together. Also, you can scroll down further for a PDF of the Auld Lang Syne sheet music with lyrics. The website www.Scotland.org has much more information on the song and its history.
Play-Along arrangements of Auld Lang Syne. These pages have versions of the song for band and string instruments for you to play with other musicians:
More keys! Select a link below for a printable PDF of Auld Lang Syne in any of the following keys, for treble, bass, and alto clef.