Auld Langs Syne Songsheet

Piano Sheet Music

Considered as Scotland’s gift to the world, Auld Lang Syne was written by the Alloway born Robert Burns in 1788. His words were set to the tune of a traditional folk song, Roud #6294.

Traditionally, it is used to celebrate the beginning of a New Year on the stroke of midnight making it a great one to learn using Decplay’s piano sheet music. It is also used for many different reasons internationally. For example in Bangkok and Beijing, it is sung at funerals as a song of a sad farewell. Similarly, the French sing Auld Lang Syne to ease the pain of parting with the hope of seeing each other again. In the United States, as well as singing it at New Year, it is used as a song of remembrance at 9/11 memorials and other memorial events.

For the Scots, Auld Lang Syne is sung on many occasions as well as Hogmanay (New Year). 25th January is Burns night, a night dedicated to the life and works of the Auld Lang Syneauthor and it is sung then too.

The English translation of Auld Lang Syne is “old long since”. The extended meaning of the whole song is that we should not forget our old friends and celebrate reunion with them.

Many internationally famous artists have sang their own versions of Auld Lang Syne for Christmas, New Year and the Millennium events, such as Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Prince, Rod Stewart and Billy Joel.


This piano sheet music is suitable for people who have learnt the FastPlay piano tuition method and is available for instant download.

Cover image adapted from photo by Stephen Gunby on, available under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.



Auld Langs Syne