Sing-Along Guitar Songs: Folk & Rock Guitar Songs
(with transposable chords and lyrics)


This simple, elegant, printable online songbook, with chords and lyrics for many of my favorite songs, began as a binder of typewritten songs that my mom assembled before I was born. When I left for college, I taught myself guitar from these songs and began adding transcriptions of more songs that I enjoy.

To me, this music means something about family. To others, it's about summer camp, or the '60s, or maybe it's just about good songs. In any case, I thought I'd carry on the legacy of what my mom began and make these songs freely available to

others who want to learn guitar, or are looking for easy songs to play, or who want to host a sing-along, or are heading to a jam session and need the chords to some old favorites.
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  • For your convenience, there are versions of this page with songs ordered by title, artist, and first line.


The Songs

1.A child arrived just the other day 68.I've been working on the railroad all the livelong day 135.Soal, soal, soal cake, please good missus a soal cake
2.A dragon stalked the hills and the glens of Dunkirk long ago 69.If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning 136.Somewhere in the black mining hills of Dakota
3.A long time ago when the earth was green 70.If I listened long enough to you 137.Start tearing the old man down
4.A long, long time ago 71.If I were free to speak my mind 138.Suzanne takes you down the her place near the river
5.A personal friend of the Czar was I 72.If you miss the train I'm on, you will know that I am gone 139.Sweet Sir Galahad came in through the window
6.A winter's day, in a deep and dark December 73.In a cavern, in a canyon, excavating for a mine 140.Swing low, sweet chariot
7.All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go 74.In my mind, I'm goin' to Carolina 141.Take me to the night I'm tipping
8.Almost heaven, West Virginia 75.In the early mornin' rain, with a dollar in my hand 142.Tell me why you're crying my son
9.And here's to you\dots 76.In the land of Oden, there stands a mountain 143.Tell ya' little story and it won't take long
10.And when I die, and when I'm dead, dead, and gone 77.In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia 144.Ten years ago on a cold dark night
11.April, come she will 78.Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight 145.That's what you get for loving me
12.Are you going to Scarborough Fair 79.It ain't no use to sit and wonder why babe, if you don't know by now 146.The police in New York City
13.As I sat down one evening 'twas in a small cafe 80.It takes a worried man to sing a worried song 147.The countryside was cold and still
14.As I walked out in the streets of Laredo 81.It's a lesson too late for the learning 148.The cruel war is raging, Johnny has to fight
15.As I walked out over London's bridge 82.It's cold here in the city, it always seems that way 149.The legend lives on from the chippewa on down
16.As I've travelled through this land 83.It's five o'clock this morning and the sun is on the rise 150.The old home town looks the same as I step down from the train
17.As we marched down to Fennario 84.It's so nice to meet an old friend and pass the time of day 151.There must be some way out of here
18.Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots, and 85.Jesse James was a lad, he killed many a man 152.There is a house in New Orleans, they call the Rising Sun
19.Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine 86.Jesus met the woman at the well 153.There is a ship, and she sails the sea
20.Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin' for a train 87.Just a little rain, falling all around 154.There is a young cowboy, he lives on the range
21.Cecilia, you're breaking my heart 88.Just got home from Illinois 155.There was a ship that sailed along the lowland sea
22.Clouds so swift, rain fallin' in 89.Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone 156.There was a timewhen I was so broken- hearted
23.Come gather 'round people wherever you roam 90.Know me by the light of a fire shinin' bright 157.There were three ravens sat on a tree
24.Couple in the next room bound to win a prize 91.Last night I had the strangest dream 158.There's a new world somewhere, they call the promised land
25.Desperado,why don't you come to your senses 92.Let me tell you of a story 'bout a man named Charlie 159.There's a storm across the valley, clouds are rollin' in
26.Erev shel shoshanem 93.Let us be lovers we'll marry our fortunes together 160.There's a young man that I know
27.Every mornin' 'bout seven o'clock 94.Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky-tacky 161.This land is your land, this land is my land
28.Four strong winds that blow lonely 95.Living on sponge cake, watching the sun bake 162.Though Adam was a friend of mine, I did not know him well
29.Frankie and Johnnie were lovers, oh Lordy how they could love 96.Lo yisa goy el goy cherev, Lo yilmedu od milchama 163.Through the woodland through the valley
30.Get you a copper kettle 97.Look out of any window 164.Times have changed
31.Go away from my window, go at your own chosen speed 98.Love, love, love 165.To everything - turn, turn, turn
32.Hang down your head, Tom Dooley, hang down your head and cry 99.Love, oh love, oh careless love 166.Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
33.He came from his palace grand 100.Ma, take this badge off of me 167.Tonight you're mine completely
34.He is now to be a mong you at the calling of your hearts 101.Messieurs qu'on nomme grands, je vous fais une lettre 168.Took my fam'ly away from my Carolina home
35.He was a most peculiar man 102.Michael row your boat ashore, Hallelujah 169.Twas eighteen hundred and sixty-one
36.He was born in the summer of his 27th year 103.Mrs. Brown you've got a lovely daughter 170.Virgil Caine is my name, and I drove on the Danville train
37.He's five foot two, and he's six foot four 104.My friend assures me, ``It's all or nothing 171.We come on the sloop John B., my grandfather and me
38.Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk to you again 105.My name it means nothing, my age it means less 172.We had some chickens, no eggs would they lay
39.Hey Jude, don't make it bad 106.My seed is sown now, my field is plowed 173.We're coming, we're coming, our brave little band
40.Hey Nellie, Nellie, come to the window 107.Na na na na na na na na, na na na na na na na na 174.Well met, well met, my own true love
41.Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man play a song for me 108.Nights in white satin, never reaching the end 175.What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine
42.Hey, where did we go days when the rain came 109.No use crying, talking to a stranger 176.What will you do when you get lonely
43.How many roads must a man walk down 110.O the time will come up when the wind will stop 177.What's that I hear now, ringin' in my ear
44.I am a man of constant sorrow 111.Oh sinner man, where you gonna run to 178.When I find myself in times of trouble
45.I am a man of constant sorrow 112.Oh, I marched to the battle of New Orleans 179.When I first came to this land, I was not a wealthy man
46.I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told 113.Oh, the bullets of the false revenge have struck us once again 180.When I think of heaven
47.I close my eyes, only for a moment and the moment's gone 114.Oh, the fox went out on a chilly night 181.When I wake up early in the morning
48.I had an uncle name of Matthew, was his father's only boy 115.Oh, the prairie lights are burnin' bright, the chinook wind is movin' in 182.When I was a bachelor, I lived all alone
49.I have good news to bring, and that is why I sing 116.Old Mr. Johnson, he had troubles all his own 183.When I was a little lad, my mother always told me
50.I heard there was a secret chord 117.Old Stewball was a race horse 184.When I was a young man and never been kissed
51.I lit out from Reno, I was trailed by 118.On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair 185.When I was just a lad of ten, my father said to me
52.I magine there's no heaven 119.On a wagon bound for market 186.When I was just a wee little lad, full of health and joy
53.I met a boy called Frank Mills 120.On a warm summer's evening, on a train bound for nowhere 187.When I was young I used to wait
54.I pulled in to Nazareth, I was feeling about half past dead 121.On the first part of the journey 188.When the sun comes up on a sleepy little town
55.I should have known you'd bid me farewell. There's a 122.Once I had a little dog, his color it was brown 189.When your weary, feelin' small
56.I was down at the New Amsterdam staring at this yellow-haired girl 123.Once I had a sweetheart, and now I have none 190.Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing
57.I was standing by my window 124.Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong 191.Wherever you go, wherever you may wander in your life
58.I was twenty and she was eighteen, we were 125.One evening as the sun went down and the jungle fires were burning 192.While riding on a train goin' west, I fell asleep for to take some rest
59.I will never love you, the cost of love's too dear 126.Perhaps it's the color of the sun cut flat 193.Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night, sailed off in a wooden shoe
60.I wouldn't want to be a chimney sweep all black from head to foot 127.Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment 194.You fill up my senses like a night in a forest
61.I'll walk in the rain by your side 128.Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea 195.You get a shiver in the dark, it's
62.I'm in love with a big blue frog, a big blue frog loves me 129.Riding on the City of New Orleans, Illinois Central, Monday morning rail 196.You may think that I'm talking foolish
63.I'm just a typical American boy from a typical American town 130.Risin' up, back on the street 197.You read about Samson and you read about his birth
64.I'm not sayin' that I love you 131.Rock-a my soul in the bosom of Abraham 198.You take a stick of bamboo
65.I'm ridin' along this track, I got tears in me eyes 132.She grew up in an Indiana town 199.You, who are on the road
66.I'm sitting in the railway station 133.Show me the prison, show me the jail 200.oo- oo- oo- oo
67.I've been thinking about our fortune 134.Sit by my side, come as close as the air