Happy New Year – Auld Lang Syne

2016 text overlaying picture of acoustic guitar soundhole and stringsA very happy new year when it comes to everyone for 2016.

This hugely popular tune is sung the world over on New Years Eve. Words attributed to Scotlands National Poet Robert Burns. Burns completed the lyrics and then a few melodies were tried out before the most common version was settled. The meaning of the song is “for old times sake”.

With some straightforward guitar chords, the first verse and chorus can be played like this:

G                                        D7
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
G                                C
And never brought to mind
G                                           D7
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
Em   Am7      D7          G
And days of auld lang syne

G                   D7
For auld lang syne, my dear,
G                      C
For auld lang syne,
G                             D7
We’ll take a cup o’kindness yet
Em   Am7    D7              G
And days of auld lang syne

Here’s a few versions of this song below including a fingerstyle guitar version from my brother Ian, go bro….! all the best for 2016, Bob Melrose.

Jimi Hendrix – rocking guitar (wait for about a minute)

Aretha Franklin & Billy Preston (video quality not great but performance is)

Ian Melrose – fingerstyle guitar with tab

Beach Boys 
- vocal harmonies