Open the Door for the Auld Year

The text for this song was written by the fine Scots poet William Souter (1898–1943). The spelling is Souter’s original.

Example of lyrics

Open the door for the Auld year, it is the pairtin time
Open the door for the new year an let the bairn win hame
Bundle your winter’d joy and grief on the back of the year that’s dune
Open your hert for the new life and lat the bairn come in.

(By kind permission of the National Library of Scotland)

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Song information

  • Mood:

    Joyous, celebratory

  • Technical:

    6/8 / 16 bars / 4 part harmony

  • In this download:

    full score (pdf)
    full audio (mp3)
    audio parts x 3 mp3

  • Included in book or collection:New Folk Carols »The Merits of Gold »