Traditional & Folk Music - Songs

A collection of more than 900 traditional and folk songs with lyrics and chords in easy keys.

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Folk Songs With Easy Chords Wherever possible the songs have been transcribed into either G or C and for minor keys Am, Em, and Dm have been used.
Please note that the lyrics and chords provided here are not intended to represent any particular version or performance of the song and are provided for educational and study purposes only. As with most folk and traditional music "folk processing" over the years can produce many different versions of music and lyrics. To the best of my knowledge the versions presented here are all in the public domain/traditional category and should not require payment of any license fees for performance. However, you may be wise to do your own research into any songs you plan to use for public performance or for recording.

Only about 20% of the items listed in this songbook are available free, to get the full songbook you need to purchase the download version which you can get for just £5 (about $9). The download version comes in the form of one large PDF file of about 1300 pages. You can use it on any system with a PDF viewer supporting Acrobat reader version 5 or later.

The songs in this collection are arranged in alphabetical order. Note that to facilitate more sensible indexing "The" has been omitted from titles where it was the first word. Click on the letters to go to the songs beginning with that letter.

Need a particular song or arrangement to buy? Checkout The Folk Song Collection at Sheetmusicplus, (opens new page) they have one of the largest selections of music books and sheet music available anywhere. Their site also has good search facilities to find what you want, AND include content indexes for most their music books.

If you need to transpose a song into a different key there is a chart below which will make it easy.

Convert Chords to Equivalent Chords in Different Keys

Degree

Major Scales (& Common Chords)

1st(Key) C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb B
2m Dm Ebm Em Fm F#m Gm Abm Am Bbm Bm Cm C#m
3m Em Fm F#m Gm G#m Am Bbm Bm Cm C#m Dm D#m
4 F Gb G Ab A Bb Cb C Db D Eb E
5 G Ab A Bb B C Db D Eb E F F#
6m Am Bbm Bm Cm C#m Dm Ebm Em Fm F#m Gm G#m
7th B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A#
8 C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb B

 Rarely used optional chords

  D Eb E F F# G Ab A Bb B C C#
  Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb B C Db D
  Ab A Bb B C Db D Eb E F Bb G
  Bb B C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A

How to use:

1)Find what key your song is in, the best indication is to find what chord it ends on, this will nearly always be the key the song is in.
2) Find the key in the yellow row, if for example it is in A look down the column under A and you will see the chords Bm,C#m, D etc, these are the chords most commonly used in this key.
3)Look for the Key in the yellow row which corresponds to the key you want to convert to. For example: If you want to convert to C look along the rows to the C column and use the chords in the same row. So A becomes C if the next chord in your song is Bm in C you will play Dm and for D play F, for E play G etc.
The 5th degree chord (E.g. G in key of C) is often played as a 7th (E.g. G7th in in C), although this is not specifically mentioned in the table just add the 7th if your original key has it



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