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Thread #16346   Message #2165460
Posted By: Jack Campin
06-Oct-07 - 06:19 PM
Thread Name: Auld Lang Syne
Subject: RE: Auld Lang Syne
Burns writing to Thomson, September 1793:

One song more and I have done- "Auld langsyne". The air is but mediocre; but the following song, the old song of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript, until I took it down from an old man's singing, is enough to recommend any air.

So much for the idea that Burns was in any way attached to the older tune. With that assessment to go on, Thomson had all the authority he could possibly want to find a replacement.