The Homespun Songbook – 100 Timeless Songs to Learn and Play

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Singing and playing music at gatherings – whether around a campfire with friends, at parties, or in community sing-alongs – is always magical and uplifting. Happy Traum, the renowned folk musician, educator, and founder of Homespun Tapes, has put together this collection of 100 songs, perfect for gatherings of all sizes.

In the introduction to this songbook, Happy Traum writes:

"This book was put together in the same spirit with which we started Homespun Tapes more than 50 years ago: the conviction that making music is a positive and beneficial activity for both professional musicians and for those who want to play and sing simply to entertain themselves, their friends, their family, and their community. The songs in this book mirror that idea. Each one was chosen for its 'singability' and ease of accompaniment on guitar, or any other instrument of choice. Most of these are well-known, though a few may have become obscured by time."

Each song is presented with lyrics and easy-to-play chord diagrams. This book contains 100 songs, organized into four sections: Traditional Folk and Bluegrass; Singing the Blues; Gospel Songs and Spirituals; Singer-Songwriters. 

Includes:

  • All The Good Times Are Past and Gone
  • Amazing Grace
  • Angel Band
  • Angel From Montgomery
  • Annie's Song
  • Betty And Dupree
  • Blood Red River
  • Blowin' In the Wind
  • Blue Railroad Train
  • Buckets Of Rain
  • Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  • Careless Love
  • C.C. Rider
  • Church Street Blues
  • The Circle Game
  • City Of New Orleans
  • Come Back Baby
  • Copperhead Road
  • Darcy Farrow
  • Dark As A Dungeon
  • Daydream
  • Death Don't Have No Mercy
  • Deep Elem Blues
  • Deep River Blues
  • Different Drum
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  • Early Mornin' Rain
  • East Virginia Blues
  • Evil-Hearted Me
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • Freight Train
  • Friend Of the Devil
  • Gentle On My Mind
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • Going Down Slow
  • Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
  • Good Mornin' Blues
  • He Was a Friend of Mine
  • He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
  • Hesitation Blues
  • House Of the Rising Sun
  • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
  • I Am a Pilgrim
  • I Belong To The Band, Hallelujah
  • I Shall Be Released
  • I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  • I'll Fly Away
  • I'm Gonna Be an Engineer
  • If You Could Read My Mind
  • In The Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
  • Jesus On the Mainline
  • John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man
  • John Henry
  • Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
  • Lazybones
  • Let Us Break Bread Together
  • Little Woman You're So Sweet
  • Make Me A Pallet on the Floor
  • Mama Don't 'Low
  • Midnight Special
  • Mr. Bojangles
  • Move To Kansas City
  • My Creole Belle
  • My Lord, What A Morning
  • Nashville Cats
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  • Nine Hundred Miles
  • Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  • One Meat Ball
  • Orphan Girl
  • Papa's On the Housetop
  • Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  • Pretty Polly
  • Railroad Bill
  • Ripple
  • Rock Island Line
  • Rocky Mountain High
  • Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
  • St. James Infirmary Blues
  • San Francisco Bay Blues
  • Scarborough Fair
  • Shady Grove
  • Sitting on Top of the World
  • Six Days on the Road
  • Sixteen Tons
  • Sloop John B.
  • Sparkle And Shine
  • Step It Up and Go
  • Storms Are on the Ocean
  • Summertime
  • This Train
  • Time In a Bottle
  • Trouble In Mind
  • Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
  • Water Is Wide
  • The Weight
  • Wildwood Flower
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  • Willin'
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice

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