the song
title : Auld lang syne
written by : Robert Burns (based on traditional elements)
arranged by : Eddi Reader
song copyright : none
Eddi said
“I was informed by a friend that her mother knows, that this old tune came from a dance that was brought over to Scotland by Hebrew dancers. I will investigate further… I love singing this old tune and I will never forget the amazing sight of an audience of two thousand linking arms and singing with me in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections in January 2003. What a wonderful thing that man did… to write a song that makes everyone sing together and hold each other at the dawning of a new year, in ALL languages… and he never got to see it… God bless his soul.”
booklet note in her Burns albums (both original and deluxe editions)

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
conducted by Kevin McCrae :
strings, arranged by Kevin McCrae
1st violins: Edwin Paling, William Chandler, Tamas Fejes, Andrew Martin, Robert Yeomans, Barbara Paterson, Jane Reid, Gail Digney; 2nd violins: Rosalin Lazaroff, Jacqueline Speirs, Marion Wilson, Wanda Wojtasinska, Elizabeth Lloyd, Paul Medd; violas: John Harrington, Ian Budd, David Amon, Claire Dunn; cellos: Pauline Dowse, Jeremy Fletcher, Betsy Taylor, William Paterson; double basses: David Inglis, Robert Mitchell
music
key : modal on E
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 68
form : V C V C V V C V Cx
lyrics

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 tak a cup o’ kindness yet
for the sake of auld lang syne

we twa hae ran aboot the braes
and pulled the gowans find
we’ve wandered monys a weary fit
since auld lang syne

for auld lang syne, my dear
for auld lang syne
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
for the sake of auld lang syne

we twa hae paddled in the burn
frae morning sun ’til dine
but seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne

aye and surely you’ll be your pint stowp
and surely I’ll be mine
we’ll tak a right gude-wilie waught
for the sake of auld lang syne

for auld lang syne, my dear
for auld lang syne
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
for the sake of auld lang syne

and here’s a hand, my trusty friend
and gie’s a hand of thine
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
for auld lang syne

for auld lang syne, my dear
for auld lang syne
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
for auld lang syne
for auld lang syne

glossary
auld lang syneold long ago gude-willie waught ‘cup of kindness’; good-will drink
dinedinner josweetheart; dear
fitfootstep monysmany
fraefrom stowptankard
giegive taktake
gowandaisy; dandelion
explanations

This text was originally published in the 1796 volume of The Scots musical museum (editor James Johnson):

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…

We twa hae run about the braes,
  And pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fitt,
  Sin auld lang syne.

For auld…

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…

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

For auld…

source : No. 240 in Poems and songs of Robert Burns / edited by James Kinsley. – Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1968


the recording
personnel
produced by : Boo Hewerdine
recorded by : Robert Rankin at CaVa Studios, Glasgow – 2003-01
mixed by : Jon Kelly
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis Studios, London
technical
signal path : DDD
song timing : 4:30
released on
album : Eddi Reader sings the songs of Robert Burns track 11   timing : 4:37
album : The songs of Robert Burns (deluxe edition) track 11   timing : 4:34