Folk & Rock Guitar Songs (with chords and lyrics) & a Glossary of Music Terms + Tuning

Folk & Rock Guitar Songs (with chords and lyrics) & a Glossary of Music Terms + Tuning


A Compilation of Sing-Along Songs

(with chords and lyrics)

My mom has been transcribing and collecting songs for her guitar longer than I’ve been around. In recent years, I’ve started adding to these my own transcriptions of songs I enjoy. To me, many of these songs mean something about being a kid, singing with my mom, and being home with my family. Now, with two little ones of my own, I am hoping to pass the same songs on to another generation.

For your convenience, there are versions of this page with songs ordered by titleartist, and first line. At long last, I have reimplemented the transposer tool, but you will now have to have javascript enabled in your browser to view the songs.

The Songs

1. A Most Peculiar Man (Simon & Garfunkel) 65. Golden Vanity (Peter Paul & Mary) 129. Red Rag Top (Tim McGraw)
2. A-Soalin’ (Peter Paul & Mary) 66. Goodbye Again (John Denver) 130. Red Rubber Ball (Cyrkle)
3. Alberta Bound (Gordon Lightfoot) 67. Goodnight Irene (Leadbelly, Weavers) 131. Rock-a My Soul (Traditional)
4. All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix) 68. Gospel Ship (Traditional) 132. Rocky Mountain High (John Denver)
5. All You Need Is Love (Beatles) 69. Green, Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink) 133. Scarborough Fair (Simon & Garfunkel, Traditional)
6. And When I Die (Peter Paul & Mary) 70. Greenland Fishery (Peter Paul & Mary) 134. Sing In The Sunshine (Gale Garnett)
7. Anna Begins (Counting Crows) 71. Haul Away, Joe (Traditional) 135. Sinner Man (Peter Paul & Mary)
8. Annie’s Song (John Denver) 72. Hey Jude (Beatles) 136. Sloop John B. (Beach Boys)
9. April Come She Will (Simon & Garfunkel) 73. Homefires (Sons of Ralph) 137. Someday Soon (Ian Tyson, Judy Collins)
10. Autumn To May (Peter Paul & Mary) 74. Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel) 138. Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)
11. Away With Rum (Bikel Theo) 75. Hotel California (Eagles, Gypsy Kings) 139. Song For Adam (Jackson Browne)
12. Back Home Again (John Denver) 76. House Of The Rising Sun (Bob Dylan, Animals) 140. Sound Of Silence (Simon & Farfunkel)
13. Bamboo (Peter Paul & Mary) 77. Hurry Sundown (Peter Paul & Mary) 141. Springhill Mine Disaster (Martin Carthy)
14. Big Rock Candy Mountain (Harry McClintock) 78. I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore (Phil Ochs) 142. Stewball (Peter Paul & Mary)
15. Blowin’ In The Wind (Bob Dylan) 79. I Am A Rock (Simon & Garfunkel) 143. Streets Of Laredo (Kingston Trio)
16. Bob Dylan’s Dream (Bob Dylan) 80. I’ll Never Find Another You (Seekers) 144. Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits)
17. Bobby Mcgee (Janis Joplin) 81. I’m In Love With A Big Blue Frog (Peter Paul & Mary) 145. Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)
18. Bottle Of Wine (Tom Paxton) 82. I’m Not Sayin’ (Gordon Lightfoot) 146. Sweet Baby James (James Taylor)
19. Box Of Rain (Grateful Dead) 83. I’m Only Sleeping (Beatles) 147. Sweet Sir Galahad (Joan Baez)
20. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel) 84. I’m Sorry (John Denver) 148. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Traditional)
21. Careless Love (W.C. Handy) 85. I’ve Been Working On The Railroad (Traditional) 149. Teach Your Children (Crosby Stills & Nash)
22. Carolina in my Mind (James Taylor) 86. If I Had A Hammer (Pete Seeger) 150. That Was The President (Phil Ochs)
23. Cats In The Cradle (Harry Chapin, Ugly Kid Joe) 87. If I Had My Way (Rev. Gary Davis) 151. Thats What You Get For Loving Me (Gordon Lightfoot, Peter Paul & Mary)
24. Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel) 88. If I Were Free (Traditional) 152. The Blue-tail Fly/Jimmie Crack Corn (Traditional)
25. Changes (Phil Ochs) 89. It Ain’t Me, Babe (Bob Dylan) 153. The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel)
26. China Grove (Doobie Brothers) 90. Jesse James (Traditional) 154. The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn (Alison Kraus & Union Station)
27. City Of New Orleans (Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie) 91. Jesus Met The Woman (Traditional) 155. The Cat Came Back (Harry Miller)
28. Clementine (Traditional) 92. Jet Plane (John Denver) 156. The Czar Song (Unknown)
29. Copper Kettle (Traditional) 93. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Weavers) 157. The Gambler (Kenny Rogers)
30. Country Roads (John Denver) 94. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton) 158. The Good Times We Had (Noel Stookey, Peter Paul & Mary)
31. Cruel War (Peter Paul & Mary) 95. Lady Mary (Traditional) 159. The House Carpenter (Joan Baez)
32. Cryin’ (Aerosmith) 96. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream (Kingston Trio) 160. The Klan (Traditional)
33. Daddy, You’ve Been On My Mind (Joan Baez) 97. Layla (Eric Clapton) 161. The Last Thing On My Mind (Tom Paxton)
34. Dancing Bear (Mamas & Papas) 98. Le Deserteur (Traditional) 162. The MTA (Kingston Trio)
35. Day Is Done (Peter Paul & Mary) 99. Lemon Tree (Peter Paul & Mary) 163. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Traditional)
36. Desperado (Eagles) 100. Let Me Be There (Olivia Newton John) 164. The Rooster Song (Jake Thackery)
37. Did She Mention My Name (Gordon Lightfoot) 101. Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds) 165. The Story In Your Eyes (Moody Blues)
38. Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 102. Lo Yisa Goy (Traditional) 166. The Times They Are A-changing (Bob Dylan)
39. Don’t Think Twice (Bob Dylan) 103. Logger Love (Traditional) 167. The Unicorn (Irish Rovers)
40. Dona (Donovan) 104. Long Black Veil (Traditional, Joan Baez) 168. The Weight (The Band)
41. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo/Heartbreaker (Rolling Stones) 105. Lookin’ Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival) 169. There But For Fortune (Phil Ochs)
42. Draft Dodger Rag (Phil Ochs) 106. Man Of Constant Sorrow (Joan Baez) 170. There Is A Ship (Peter Paul & Mary)
43. Dragon Song (Billy Berson) 107. Man Of Constant Sorrow (Union Station) 171. There Is Love/Wedding Song (Paul Stookey)
44. Drill Ye Tarriers (Traditional) 108. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett) 172. This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
45. Duncan (Paul Simon) 109. Marvelous Little Toy (Peter Paul & Mary) 173. Three Ravens (Peter Paul & Mary)
46. Dust In The Wind (Kansas) 110. Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Tom Petty) 174. Today (New Christy Minstrels)
47. Early Mornin’ Rain (Gordon Lightfoot) 111. Matthew (John Denver) 175. Tom Dooley (Kingston Trio)
48. Erev Shel Shoshanem (Traditional) 112. Michael Row Your Boat Ashore (Peter Paul & Mary, Traditional) 176. Turn, Turn, Turn (Pete Seeger, Byrds)
49. Eye of the Tiger/Rocky III Theme (Survivor) 113. Mr. Jones (Counting Crows) 177. Universal Soldier (Buffy St. Marie)
50. Fennario (Joan Baez) 114. Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan) 178. Violets Of Dawn (Eric Anderson)
51. Fire And Rain (James Taylor) 115. Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter (Herman’s Hermits) 179. Waltzing Matilda (Roger Clarke)
52. Fire On The Mountain (Marshall Tucker Band) 116. Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel) 180. What Did You Learn In School Today (Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger)
53. Five Hundred Miles (Kingston Trio) 117. Nellie, Nellie (Traditional) 181. What Have They Done To The Rain (Malvina Reynolds)
54. Foggy, Foggy Dew (Traditional) 118. Nights In White Satin (Moody Blues) 182. What’s That I Hear (Phil Ochs)
55. For Baby, For Bobby (John Denver) 119. Nine Hundred Miles (Traditional) 183. When I First Came To This Land (Traditional)
56. Forever And Ever Amen (Randy Travis) 120. No Other Name (Peter Paul & Mary) 184. When The Ship Comes In (Bob Dylan)
57. Four Strong Winds (Ian Tyson) 121. Oden (Traditional) 185. Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Pete Seeger)
58. Fox (Traditional) 122. Omaha (Counting Crows) 186. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Willie Nelson, Traditional)
59. Frank Mills (Hair) 123. Once I Had A Sweetheart (Joan Baez) 187. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Carol King, Shirelles)
60. Frankie And Johnnie (Traditional) 124. Pack Up Your Sorrows (Judy Collins) 188. With God On Our Side (Bob Dylan)
61. Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead) 125. Plaisir D’amour (Joan Baez) 189. Worried Man Blues (Kingston Trio)
62. Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks) 126. Puff, The Magic Dragon (Peter Paul & Mary) 190. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot)
63. Games People Play (Joe South) 127. Rain King (Counting Crows) 191. Wynken, Blynken, And Nod (Donovan)
64. Geordie (Joan Baez) 128. Reason To Believe (Tim Hardin, Rod Stewart) 192. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Bob Dylan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

How to Tune a Guitar

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…………….1.2.1 Standard E Tuning
…………….1.2.2 Using an Electronic Tuner
…………….1.2.3 Alternative Method of Tuning
…………….1.2.4 Drop D Tuning

1.2.1   Standard E Tuning

The first thing you should know is what the strings should be tuned to, which is shown below:

Guitar Tuning

There are several options when it comes to achieving this tuning:

1.2.2   Using an Electronic Tuner

A very easy way of tuning your guitar. You either connect the guitar to the tuner via a cable, or use the in-build microphone. The tuner will then tell you whether the string is sharp or flat etc… Some tuners however seem to fluctuate a lot, which makes it difficult. Tuners come relatively cheap so it’s worth the investment. You could also consider using our online guitar tuner.

1.2.3   Alternative Method of Tuning

If you tune the bottom E string correctly (for example by using a piano), the other strings can be tuned using this method:

  1. Play the 5th fret on the E string and tune the A string to this note.
  2. Now play the 5th fret on the A string and tune the D string to this note.
  3. Now play the 5th fret on the D string and tune the G string to this note.
  4. Now play the 4th fret on the G string and tune the B string to this note.
  5. Finally play the 5th fret on the B string and tune the e string to this note.

1.2.4   Drop D Tuning

The guitar can in fact be tuned in many other different ways, on of the most common being drop D tuning, in which the E string is tuned down to a D. This can be achieved from a guitar tuned to E by tuning down the E string until the 7th fret on this string plays an A.

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A glossary of music theory terms

scale – A group of notes that work well togetherchromatics – These are basically all twelve (12) notes in an octave. The naturals (7) and non-naturals (5) together make up the chromatics. (7+5=12).

naturals – The notes that do not have sharp or flat names (A, B, C, D, E, F, G). There are seven (7) of them.

non-naturals – The notes that do have the sharps or flats in their names (A#, C#, D#, F#, G#). There are five (5) of them. These notes are also often called the “accidentals”.

octave – In traditional music there are only 12 different notes, then they repeat themselves. When you move up or down 12 notes, you will find a higher or lower version of the note you started on. This is an octave. Same note, but one octave higher or lower.

sharps – Sharp generally just means higher. Sharp of the note you are on would be one note higher. To tune sharp you would tune “up”.

flats – Flat generally just means lower. Flat of the note you are on would be one note lower. To tune flat you would tune “down”.

major – This is a type of scale or chord that sounds bright, happier, and more upbeat. It has no flats in it. This is kind of subjective, and will be explained much more in-depth in the lessons.

minor – This is a type of scale or chord that sounds darker, maybe more sad, kinda gloomy. Minor scales or chords do use flats. This is kind of subjective, and will be explained much more in-depth in the lessons.

root-note – This is basically the same thing as “key”. The root note is the note that the music is centered on or built from. You could say its the “main note” in a song.

transpose – Transposing to another key or root simply means to move our scale, etc to another key or root note. It will be the same scale, etc. but now centered on a different key.

position – This would be the four frets that your hand is over at any given time. You have four fingers, one for each fret. Position also refers to the pattern of notes you would play at any four frets for your chosen scale, etc.

fret – Technically, the frets are the small metal bars across the neck of your guitar or bass. When you press your fingertip down between two “frets” you will fret the string and make the appropriate corresponding note. (you do not actually press your fingertip down “on” the frets, but between them)

interval – This is the space between notes. (see whole-step and half-step)

half-step – This is the shortest interval. It is the next note up or down from where you are. For guitar and bass players, this would simply be moving up or down one fret.

whole-step – This is a longer interval than the half-step. With a whole-step you would skip a note and play the second one. For guitar and bass players you would simply “skip a fret” up or down.

pentatonic – This is a type of scale using five different notes. Penta means five and tonic means tone. So a pentatonic scale is a “five tone scale”.

mode – If theory is learned properly, the meaning of this would be different, but this term generally applies to a group of seven note scales.

melodic-interval – A single note.

harmonic-interval – Two notes at a time.

chordal-interval – Three or more notes at a time.

barre – The use of your index finger to hold down more than one string at one fret in a single chord, in order to build chords with that fret as the “nut”.

barre chord – A guitar chord in which your index finger barres all strings at one fret, and the rest of the chord is built using that fret as the nut. For example, in an F# chord, the index finger barres the second fret, and the other three fingers make an E chord using the second fret as the nut.

bass note – The lowest note played in a chord, shown either by the chord name (e.g. E in E) or the note listed after a slash (e.g. F# in G/F#).

chord – Three or more pitches played simultaneously, usually a root, third, and fifth, though sometimes a seventh is added.

circle of fifths – A musical tool showing the relatedness of keys.

closely related keys – The fifth up and fifth down (fourth up) from any key. For example, the keys closely related to G are C (fifth down) and D (fifth up).

diminished fifth – An interval made up of two whole steps and two half steps. For example, the distance between D and Ab is a diminished fifth.

diminished chord – A chord consisting of a minor third and a diminished fifth. For example, a D diminished chord (D?) contains D, F, and Ab.

dominant – The fifth note of the major scale. The major chord built on the dominant, designated V, leads strongly toward the tonic.

fifth – In a scale, the distance between a certain note and another note four notes above it. The certain note is counted as I, the note four notes above that is V.

half step – The smallest recognized interval in Western music. The distance represented by one fret on a guitar is a half step.

interval – The musical distance between two notes, measured by the number of whole and half steps between the two notes.

inversion – The use of notes in the chord other than the root as the bass note (e.g. F# bass in a D chord).

key – The basis of musical sounds in a piece. Each key uses the notes and chords of the corresponding major scale. The key is named after the tonic (e.g. the tonic in the key of A is A).

leading – The tendency that certain notes and chords have to resolve to other specific notes or chords.

leading tone – The seventh note of the major scale, one half step below the tonic. This note leads strongly toward the tonic.

major chord – A chord consisting of a major third and a perfect fifth. For example, a D major chord (D) contains D, F#, and A.

major scale – A group of eight notes with the following whole step/half step pattern between them: W-W-H-W-W-W-H. For example, the A major scale consists of A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, and A.

major seventh – An interval made up of five whole steps and one half step. For example, the distance between D and C# is a major seventh.

major third – An interval made up of two whole steps. For example, the distance between D and F# is a major third.

minor chord – A chord consisting of a minor third and a perfect fifth. For example, a D minor chord (Dm) contains D, F, and A.

minor seventh – An interval made up of four whole steps and two half steps. For example, the distance between D and C is a minor seventh.

minor third – An interval made up of one whole step and one half step. For example, the distance between D and F is a minor third.

modulate – To change keys.

muting – Pressing your finger against a string while playing a chord to avoid playing that string. Muting is represented by an x in my chord diagrams (as in E/G#: 4×2400).

perfect fifth – An interval made up of three whole steps and one half step. For example, the distance between D and A is a perfect fifth.

resolve – A musical progression which brings finality to part of a piece.

root – The note a chord is built on.

seventh – In a scale, the distance between a certain note and another note six notes above it. The certain note is counted as I, the note six notes above that is vii.

seventh chord – A chord consisting of a major third, a perfect fifth, and a minor seventh. For example, a D seventh chord (D7) contains D, F#, A, and C. Major seventh chords (notated maj7) contain a major seventh instead of a minor seventh.

suspended chord – A chord containing either the root, second, and fifth (sus2), or the root, fourth, and fifth (sus4).

third – In a scale, the distance between a certain note and another note two notes above it. The certain note is counted as I, the note two notes above that is iii.

tonic – The note on which the major scale is based. The major chord built on the tonic, designated I, is the eventual goal of any song.

transpose – Moving the musical position of a piece, keeping all intervals as they were in the original piece. For example, if you have C, F, and G (I, IV, and V), and you want to transpose to the key of G, then use the I, IV, and V of G, which are G, C, and D


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