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Big Print Songs

  • Third Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Size: 8½″×11″×½″
  • Binding: paperback or coil-bound, your choice

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Never squint at small lyrics again! The Third Edition of Big Print Songs includes over 200 favorite songs arranged in alphabetical order.

  • Generous 20-point (big!) type
    • You can read it from the floor!
  • Listen to every song for free on our web site
  • Background information, notes, history, and speed/jammability indicators for each song
    • This simple system is explained in the book if you're not already familiar
  • Optional stay-flat coil binding

The songs in this book represent a wide range of traditional American roots music. There are slow songs, fast songs, ballads, hymns, fiddle tunes, all with their roots in the mountain music of Appalachia and other areas. Most are easy to learn and will work well in most jams, but we’ve thrown in some more challenging songs as well (but the storm cloud in the corner of the page will warn you about that).

See what the inside looks like

This is from the back cover of the book. Also, feel free to page through the book online.

Back cover image

“But how will I know how they go?”

We've got you covered! We're recorded almost every song in Big Print Songs as a "Song Clip"—a minute-long recording optimized to help you learn the melody, words, and qualities that give each song its unique 'soul'.

You don't even need our book to use this resource. Just head over to our songs section and click on a song. You can also click the links in the song index at the bottom of this page. Note the "break" at the end of each song: this is there to give you a chance to try singing the song by yourself, or to practice playing melodies on your instrument.

Complete Song Index (Big Print Songs)

Each of these songs has a corresponding Song Clip which you can listen to by clicking the link.

  1. Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow
  2. All the Good Times are Past and Gone
  3. Amazing Grace
  4. Anchored in Love
  5. Angel Band
  6. Are You Tired of Me My Darling
  7. Banjo Picking Girl
  8. Banks of the Ohio
  9. Beautiful Life
  10. Black-Eyed Susie
  11. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
  12. Blue-Eyed Boston Boy
  13. Boll Weevil
  14. Bound to Ride
  15. Bravest Cowboy
  16. Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy to Me
  17. Bring Back to Me My Wandering Boy
  18. Broken Hearted Lover
  19. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  20. Careless Love
  21. Church in the Wildwood
  22. Cindy
  23. Cluck Old Hen
  24. Coal Miner’s Blues
  25. Columbus Stockade Blues
  26. Come Home
  27. Corrina
  28. Cotton-Eyed Joe
  29. Country Blues
  30. Cowboy Jack
  31. Crawdad Song
  32. Cripple Creek
  33. Darling Alalee
  34. Darling Cory
  35. Darling Nelly Gray
  36. Deep Elem Blues
  37. Diamond Joe
  38. Dixie Darling
  39. Do You Call That Religion
  40. Don’t Go Out Tonight My Darling
  41. Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down
  42. Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky
  43. Down Among the Budded Roses
  44. Down in the Valley
  45. Down in the Willow Garden
  46. Dream of a Miner’s Child
  47. Drifting Too Far from the Shore
  48. Drinking From the Fountain
  49. Drunkard’s Dream
  50. Drunkard’s Hell
  51. East Virginia
  52. Faded Coat of Blue
  53. Fair and Tender Ladies
  54. Farther Along
  55. Few More Years
  56. Foggy Mountain Top
  57. Footprints in the Snow
  58. Gathering Up the Shells from the Seashore
  59. Girl I Left Behind
  60. Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee
  61. Girl on the Greenbriar Shore
  62. Give Me the Roses
  63. Glory to the Lamb
  64. God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign
  65. God’s Gonna Ease My Troublin’ Mind
  66. Goin’ Across the Mountain
  67. Going to Georgia
  68. Gold Watch and Chain
  69. Gospel Plow
  70. Gospel Ship
  71. Grave on the Green Hillside
  72. Ground Hog
  73. Handsome Molly
  74. Hard Times Come Again No More
  75. Hear Jerusalem Moan
  76. Heavenly Light is Shining On Me
  77. Hills of Roane County
  78. Hold Fast to the Right
  79. Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand
  80. Honey Babe Blues
  81. Hot Corn, Cold Corn
  82. I Am a Pilgrim
  83. I Heard My Mother Call My Name in Prayer
  84. I Never Will Marry
  85. I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground
  86. I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home
  87. I Wouldn’t Mind Dying
  88. I’ll Fly Away
  89. I’ll Remember You Love in My Prayers
  90. I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table
  91. I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  92. I’m Troubled
  93. I’ve Been All Around This World
  94. In the Pines
  95. Jealous Lover
  96. Jesse James
  97. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
  98. Jimmie Brown the Newsboy
  99. John Hardy
  100. John Henry
  101. Johnson Boys
  102. Just Over in the Glory Land
  103. Katie Cline
  104. Katie Dear
  105. Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy
  106. Keep on the Sunny Side
  107. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
  108. Knoxville Girl
  109. Late Last Night
  110. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  111. Let the Church Roll On
  112. Letter Edged in Black
  113. Life’s Railway to Heaven
  114. Little Bessie
  115. Little Birdie
  116. Little Black Train
  117. Little Log Cabin in the Lane
  118. Little Maggie
  119. Little Rosewood Casket
  120. Little Sadie
  121. Little Whitewashed Chimney
  122. Lonesome Road Blues
  123. Lonesome Valley
  124. Long Journey Home
  125. Lord I’m Coming Home
  126. Lover’s Return
  127. Lulu Walls
  128. Man of Constant Sorrow
  129. Maple on the Hill
  130. Mary of the Wild Moor
  131. May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister?
  132. Meet Me by the Moonlight
  133. Midnight on the Stormy Deep
  134. Molly and Tenbrooks
  135. More Pretty Girls Than One
  136. Motherless Children
  137. My Clinch Mountain Home
  138. My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mts.
  139. My Native Home
  140. My Old Kentucky Home
  141. New River Train
  142. Nine Hundred Miles
  143. Nine Pound Hammer
  144. Oh Death
  145. Oh Susanna
  146. Oh Those Tombs
  147. Old Folks at Home
  148. Old Joe Clark
  149. Old Man at the Mill
  150. On Top of Old Smoky
  151. Orphan Girl
  152. Over the Hills to the Poorhouse
  153. Palms of Victory
  154. Pass Me Not
  155. Paul and Silas
  156. Peg and Awl
  157. Picture on the Wall
  158. Pictures from the Far Side of Life
  159. Pig in a Pen
  160. Poor Ellen Smith
  161. Precious Memories
  162. Pretty Little Miss
  163. Pretty Polly
  164. Put My Little Shoes Away
  165. Rabbit in the Log
  166. Railroad Blues
  167. Rain and Snow
  168. Raleigh and Spencer
  169. Red Rocking Chair
  170. Reuben’s Train
  171. Richmond Blues
  172. Rocky Island
  173. Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms
  174. Roll on Buddy
  175. Roving Gambler
  176. Rye Whiskey
  177. Sad and Lonesome Day
  178. Sally Ann
  179. Salty Dog
  180. Seeing Nelly Home
  181. Shady Grove
  182. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
  183. Short Life of Trouble
  184. Shut Up in the Mines of Coal Creek
  185. Single Girl
  186. Sittin’ on Top of the World
  187. Snow Dove
  188. Sow ‘Em on the Mountain
  189. Standing in the Need of Prayer
  190. Stepstone
  191. Storms are on the Ocean
  192. Sweeping Through the Gates
  193. Sweet Fern
  194. Sweet Sunny South
  195. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  196. Take this Hammer
  197. There’s No Hiding Place
  198. This World Is Not My Home
  199. Tom Dooley
  200. Tragic Romance
  201. Two Coats
  202. Uncle Joe
  203. Uncle Ned
  204. Unclouded Day
  205. Wabash Cannonball
  206. Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John
  207. Water Bound
  208. Waves on the Sea
  209. Wayfaring Stranger
  210. When the Bees Are in the Hive
  211. Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
  212. White House Blues
  213. Who Will Sing for Me
  214. Who’s Going Down to Town
  215. Who’s That Knocking at My Window
  216. Wild Bill Jones
  217. Will My Mother Know Me There
  218. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  219. Will You Miss Me
  220. Working on a Building
  221. Worried Man Blues
  222. Wreck of the Old 97