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123 Lyrics http://www.123-lyrics.com Lyrics
Good collection of lyrics, even includes some traditional songs.

A Traditional Music Library http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/index.htm Lyrics
Online collection of lyrics, book transcripts, and whatnot. Includes the complete text of two Lomax books.

Avacal Bards Web Site http://bards.avacal.net/ Lyrics
Mostly and SCA Sheet Music & Lyrics site, but has Medieval/Ren Sheet Music & Lyrics as well as a bunch of Traditional Sheet Music & Lyrics

Axon Ballad Collection http://www.chethams.org.uk/axon_ballads/index.htm Lyrics
These pages present images of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society's Axon Ballad collection, named after their collector, G.R. Axon. The collection consists of 132 sheets containing 280 ballads.

Bawdy songs/Filthy filks http://www.armadillo.net/llewtrah/index.htm Lyrics
Not for the prudish
A lot of parodies as well as links to other sites

CajunLyrics.com http://www.cajunlyrics.com Lyrics
A wonderful collection of lyrics for Cajun songs.

CantaLibre - more than just folk http://www.cantalibre.de Lyrics
Lyrics from Ireland, Scotland, Great Britain as well Gaelic lyrics. Information about Irish Folk, music, musicians, Ireland, the Celts and much more.

Celtic Lyrics Corner http://www.celticlyricscorner.net/ Lyrics
Good source of Irish lyrics. (link updated April 2009)

Cowboy Songs http://www.lonehand.com/cowboy_songs.htm Lyrics
A really wonderful collection of lyrics for cowboy songs.

Cowpie - Country Lyrics http://roughstock.com/ Lyrics
Cowpie is to Country what the Digital Tradition is to folk. Cowpie (COuntry and Western Pickers of the IntErnet) is a vast collection of Country lyrics.

Dick Gaughan Page http://www.dickgaughan.co.uk/index.html Lyrics
song lyrics, music, notes, discography, artwork

Disaster Songs in Canada http://disastersongs.ca/ Lyrics
This website serves as a vehicle to present the Canadian disaster songs that three academics have collected and are currently studying. We wanted to share our findings with a broader public but also invite a broader public to work with us in augmenting and correcting our collection. We welcome your input!

ezFolk.com http://www.ezfolk.com/ Lyrics
The ezFolk site is one of the most popular folk music resources on the Internet. Here you will find free MP3 hosting for folk and acoustic musicians, free tablature for guitar, banjo, ukulele, and harmonica, as well as over 3000 links to other web resources. In addition you will find some of the best prices anywhere on instruments, books, CDs, DVDs, and more!

Folkbook Lyrics http://www.folklib.net/index/folkbook_conversion.shtml Lyrics
Mostly singer-songwriter lyrics. Also a very good collection of folk links. the FolkBook site has been absorbed into FolkLib.net.

Folklorist http://www.folklorist.org/ Lyrics
An interesting combination of information from the Digital Tradition and the Traditional Ballad Index. Webmaster is Casey Dwyer.

Froggy Central: Frog Went a-Courtin' -or- A Frog He Would a-Wooin' Go http://home.earthlink.net/~highying/froggy/froggy.html Lyrics
Lots of versions, and lots of verses.
(link updated April 2009)

Glasgow Broadside Ballads: The Murray Collection http://www.gla.ac.uk/0t4/~dumfries/files/layer2/glasgow_broadside_ballads/introduction_broadside_ballads_.htm Lyrics
Scans of some 350 broadsides.

Hank Snow Lyrics http://www.hanksnow.com Lyrics
Has all, or nearly all, of the lyrics to songs Hank Snow has recorded. (link updated April 2009)

Hash House Harrier Songbook http://harrier.net/songs/index.html Lyrics
formerly the Hash House Harrier Dirty Songbook. Need I say more?
-Joe Offer-

HebrewSongs.com http://www.hebrewsongs.com/ Lyrics
A large, Australia-based collection of Hebrew songs, along with Yiddish and Ladino lyrics.

Hendrickson's Music Page http://stewarthendrickson.com/ Lyrics
Lyrics with tunes (midi files). Bawdy Broadsides, Songs of Newman Levy, Others (not yet classified). (link updated April 2009)

History of Songs http://history-of-songs.wikispaces.com/ Lyrics
Histories of popular songs, 1950 to the present. Great information, and some fascinating song stories.

Jumprope Hypertext Archives http://www.mudcat.org/jumprope/original/index.html Lyrics
A huge collection of jumprope chants. Once at University of West Florida, Pensacola; now at Mudcat with permission from the originator. Prior URL: http://www.cs.uwf.edu/~skulikow/jrope3/jumprope.htm

Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection of American Song Broadsides http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/kgbroadsides Lyrics
Approximately 3,300 song broadsides are being preserved, scanned, and derivative images made.

Lincoln/Net: Sound: 19th Century Political and Social Songbooks http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/sound.html Lyrics
An extensive collection of 19th Century songbooks, with lyrics transcribed. Sound recordings available for many songs.

Maddy Prior http://www.gaudela.net/prior/frames.html Lyrics
A lot of lyrics from Maddys records inc Silly Sisters

Music Potential http://www.musicpotential.com/ Lyrics
This site contains lyrics, chords, tabs and specialized instruction on: general learning, practice strategy, rhythm, modes, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass.

My Songbook http://mysongbook.de/msb/index.html Lyrics
Great number of lyrics of traditional and contemporary folksongs in English, with added information for many of them

NegroSpirituals.com http://www.negrospirituals.com/ Lyrics
A large collection of lyrics and other information.

Ons Blerkas Afrikaanse volksmusiek - South African folk music http://esl.ee.sun.ac.za/~lochner/blerkas/ Lyrics
Extensive collection of lyrics, mostly in Afrikaans.

paroles.net http://www.paroles.net/ Lyrics
Probably the best source for French lyrics.

Poetry and Songs of the War Between the States http://www.civilwarpoetry.org/ Lyrics
This site has an easy to use index of titles and first lines of many Civil War song lyrics and poems. You will hear a midi of Jay Ungar's modern composition, "Ashokan Farewell", when you log on. There is a nice explanation of it at the bottom of the main page. Very nice site, easy to use and well laid out. (Link updated April, 2009). Not functioning Sept 2014, but you can get it at archive.org.

Rabid Squirrel's Jazz Archive http://community.fortunecity.ws/tinpan/newbonham/6/ Lyrics
A good collection of the "standards" from the 30's to the 50's. It has moved around to different Web addresses, but it's still available (all I can get to is the home page in Sept 2014 -Joe Offer)

REC Music Foundation http://www.recmusic.org Lyrics
two sections:
  • Lieder and Song Texts
  • Classical MIDI with words

Remembering the Old Songs http://www.lizlyle.lofgrens.org/RmOlSngs/OldSongs.html Lyrics
First-class research information on dozens of traditional songs. These articles are a monthly feature of INSIDE BLUEGRASS, the publication of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association. They document links between bluegrass and old-time music and the traditional music of Appalachia, the British Isles, and elsewhere.

Robert Burns World Federation http://www.rbwf.org.uk/ Lyrics
Everything you'd like to know about Robert Burns, including a vast collection of poems and song lyrics (look under 'resources'). Also see: World Burns Club

Robokopp - Folk Index & others http://www.musicanet.org/robokopp/ Lyrics
This entry to the site gives menus/indices for the songs by Country, Author, Category. Some of these are Robert Burns, Robert Tannahill, Christmas Songs, Hymns, Isaac Watts, Sea Songs, and many others.

Rounds: Beyond 'Row, Row Row Your Boat' http://www-personal.umich.edu/~msmiller/rounds.html Lyrics
A nice collection of rounds, with notation and MIDI files.

Scottish Republican Socialist Movement http://www.scottishrepublicansocialistmovement.org/ Lyrics
Also includes a songbook

Singenundspielen.de - German Lyrics http://www.singenundspielen.de Lyrics
A nice selection of traditional German songs.

SongMeanings http://www.songmeanings.net/ Lyrics
"SongMeanings is more than just a site with a bunch of lyrics, we're a community. You can comment on any song, add what you think the song is about, or what it means to you. In addition, you can submit your own lyrics. Our goal is to create the world's largest and most functional lyric site, period. We also have a community aspect with user profiles, message boards and more."

Songs collected by Donagh MacDonagh http://songbook1.tripod.com Lyrics
In the late 40s and early 50s Donagh MacDonagh hosted Ireland is Singing, a programme on Radio Eireann where the songs were sent in by the listeners. Here are about 300 of them. There are no tunes so if you fancy a song here you will have to fit a tune to it which is what they did on the radio programme.

Songs of Freedom http://www.mcgath.com/freesongs.html Lyrics
A nice collection of historic and other lyrics

Songs of the Inland Waterways - Canal Songs http://www.waterwaysongs.co.uk/ Lyrics
This site is aiming to gather together and provide links to songs, old and new, which relate to British and Irish waterways. Lyrics are given with tunes and/or chords where possible. Contributions of missing tunes/chords would be most welcome. Small snippets of recordings are included to give a better idea of the songs' tunes and melodies. The recordings are mp3, mono, 128kbps files which will open for use by your usual media player in a new window. It should therefore be possible to listen to the song whilst looking at the words or music.

Stephen Foster Songs http://www.stephen-foster-songs.de/archive02.htm Lyrics
A nice collection of S.C. Foster lyrics, with MIDI files.

The Acoustic Music Archive http://www.acousticmusicarchive.com/lyrics_chords_and_downloads.html Lyrics
Find lyrics and chords for folk songs, discover their origins and listen to recordings of them. And you can also contribute to the archive yourself.

The Disaster Song Project http://www.thedisastersongproject.com Lyrics
Lyrics and background information for twenty disaster songs, mostly traditional.

The Folk Song Index: Oberlin College Library http://www.oberlin.edu/library/con/singout.html Lyrics
An Oberlin College Libraries & Sing Out! Collaboration

The Guitar Guy http://www.theguitarguy.com/ Lyrics
A great place to find chords for songs. Huge collection, well-indexed.

The Jack Horntip Collection http://www.horntip.com/ Lyrics
Formerly the Immortalia Website, this is a collection of bawdy songs and tales from a wide variety of sources.

The Oxford Book of English Verse (Quiller-Couch) http://www.bartleby.com/101/index.html Lyrics
on-line lyrics sorted by author (Anonymus wrote a lot of good songs) or time or title or first line

The Vietnam Veterans Oral History and Folklore Project http://faculty.buffalostate.edu/fishlm/folksongs/vita.htm Lyrics
Songs and other folklore from the Vietnam War.

The Word on the Street: Broadsides from the National Library of Scotland http://www.nls.uk/broadsides/index.html Lyrics
An amazing collection of broadsides and transcriptions, along with background information.

Todd's Lyrics and Links http://www.thepeaches.com/music/ Lyrics
An outstanding collection of "old standards" lyrics. (Joe Offer)

Triskelle - Spending Time in Ireland http://www.vincentpeters.nl/ Lyrics
A journey through Irish music and history. Large and well-documented collection of lyrics to Irish songs. Not working Sept 2014, but can be traced through archive.org.

Tuttoscout - Italian Scout Songs http://www.tuttoscout.org/canzoniere/index.html Lyrics

Ulster Orange Unionist Loyalist songbook http://mysite.verizon.net/cbladey/osong/ooooo.html Lyrics
A heap of songs from the Ulster / Orange /Unionist /Loyalist traditions.
Not working Sept 2014, but can be traced through archive.org.

Ultimate Camp Resource http://www.ultimatecampresource.com/ Lyrics
Songs, games, skits, and other camp resources - a wonderful collection.

woodyguthrie.org http://www.woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Lyrics.htm Lyrics
At long last, the official Woody Guthrie Website has LYRICS!!!

Australian Folk Songs http://folkstream.com/ Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
Perhaps the earliest folk site on the web (soon be in 15th year) Music notation, notes to each song, MIDI and mp3, lots of links, articles etc

Digital Archive of Finnish Folk Tunes http://esavelmat.jyu.fi/collection.html Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
SKS collection(s) of Finnish Folk Tunes (circa 9000 'pieces' of notation and/or lyrics)(link updated April 2009)

Digital archive of popular American sheet music http://digital.library.ucla.edu/apam Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
Search by Title or Keyword for Sheet Music.The UCLA Music Library's Archive of Popular American Music is a research collection covering the history of popular music in the United States from 1790 to the present. The collection, fully accessible at the item level through the UCLA Library Orion2 catalog, is one of the largest in the country, numbering almost 450,000 pieces of sheet music, anthologies, and arrangements for band and orchestra.

GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld/ Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
More than a thousand song lyrics, MIDI files, guitar tabs and music scores with a site search engine, individual artist listings, and a discussion forum with only one theme: Newfoundland and Labrador music.

Hymnary.org: a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals http://www.hymnary.org/ Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music

Hymns in Folk-Friendly Keys http://www.music-folk-play-hymns.com Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
Public domain hymns presented in easy keys for guitar and other instruments. Includes play-along videos, sheet music, guitar tab, mandolin tab, ukulele tab, and chords for autoharp melody playing.

Minnesota Heritage Songbook http://www.mnheritagesongbook.net/SongList.html Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
The index includes (to the best of the author's knowledge) every English-languge folk song collected in Minnesota and printed in any folk song collection. It also includes many foreign-language songs and some songs collected but never printed.

Musica e Tradizione http://www.mobrici.it Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
A nice collection of Italian songs, with lyrics and musical notation.

ROOTS OF AMERICAN FIDDLE MUSIC - Old Time Music Recordings, Photos, And Information http://www.1001tunes.com Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
A really fun Website with lots of music and lots of information on old-time music.

scotchsnap.com http://www.scotchsnap.com Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
Old Favourites and New Contemporary Scottish Sheet Music All Priced at Pennies a Page. Listen, View and Download Direct to your Printer."

Union Songs http://unionsong.com/ Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
More than 620 songs and poems, over 250 Authors Call them rebel songs, slave songs, songs of freedom, work songs, songs of dissent, songs of struggle, protest songs, liberation songs, labour songs, labor songs, workers songs, industrial folk songs, environmental songs, songs of equality, peace songs. For over two centuries working people across the world have built trade unions. This site documents the songs and poems that they made in the process, union songs. It includes songs and poems that are being written today, as the process of union building continues all around the world.

Werner Icking Music Archive http://icking-music-archive.org/index.php Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
Wede variety of sheet music, mostly classical. Also a good source for Gregorian chant.

What's the Score? http://www.whats-the-score.org/ Lyrics, Sheet & Online Music
The Bodleian Libraries are looking for your help in increasing access to their music collections. Over four thousand digitised scores, mostly piano music from the nineteenth century, many of which have illustrated covers, have now been made available online. By describing these images, you will not only be helping to provide access to this valuable but hitherto 'hidden' collection, you will also be facilitating future research into popular music of the period and the wider social function which it performed during the Victorian age.

The Session http://thesession.org/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
An area for irish session tune info - over 3,700 tunes available as of September 2003.

ABC convertor http://www.concertina.net/tunes_convert.html MIDI & ABC Tunes
converts ABC to MIDI and PDF sheetmusic. Dec 2016 - no longer operating because he got too much Spam.

Doc Wilson's Turn-of-the-Century Stuff http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.geocities.com/pfw8015/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
A wonderul collection of ragtime MIDI files. Lots of interesting stuff - with lyrics for most.

Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales & America http://www.contemplator.com/folk.html MIDI & ABC Tunes
Traditional and Popular Music from 1600 to 1900. Child Ballads, Sea Shanties, Turlough O'Carolan. MIDI, Lyrics and History. Songs arranged by both category and country. With biographies of Percy French, Thomas Moore, Thomas D'Urfey and Charles Dibdin and more.

Fred's All-Canadian MIDI Tunebook http://web.archive.org/web/20050317154915/http://www.fredstunebook.cjb.net/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
My collection of original jigs, reels, breakdowns and such in Canadian/Celtic styles. Enjoy!

Hank Williams Midi http://web.archive.org/web/20040602065234/http://hankscountrymidi.homestead.com/midi.html MIDI & ABC Tunes
Most of the files here have been sequenced by Kenn Gordon those that have not are there with permission of the sequencers

JC's ABC Tune Finder http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/FindTune.html MIDI & ABC Tunes
Locates ABC tunes on at various Websites, and can produce some tunes in gif format.

Jon Corelis Celtic Melody Library https://sites.google.com/site/jcorelisceltic/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
This web site houses a collection of traditional Celtic melodies which Jon has gathered, notated as printed scores, and recorded into sound files.

Melody Lane http://www.melodylane.net/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
An outstanding collection of MIDI tunes and lyrics, mostly for old popular songs before 1920. Lots of graphics, so it tends to load slowly.

MIDI Search Engine http://www.musicrobot.com/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
A great way to find MIDI tunes on the Web. (Joe Offer)

MIDI World http://www.midiworld.com MIDI & ABC Tunes
Extraordinary collection of classical MIDI files.
(Joe Offer)

MIDItxt http://miditext.8m.net MIDI & ABC Tunes
upgrade of a program written by Alan of Oz, can be used for converting MIDI files into text for posting at Mudcat
(link good as of April 2009, but support for MIDItxt is limited since MIDI files can be submitted for direct posting now.- JRO)
If you see a posted MIDItxt file you'd like to hear, contact Joe Offer to get it converted to MIDI.

Netstrider Music Files http://www.netstrider.com/music/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
Small collection of nicely-done MIDI files of songs from the U.S. and from the Brithish Isles.
(Joe Offer)

Nigel Gatherer www.nigelgatherer.com MIDI & ABC Tunes
Nigel Gatherer is a professional musician: teacher, performer, composer, publisher and researcher. His classes, workshops and residential courses are popular throughout Scotland and the U.K. One of Nigel's missions in life is to get people playing music with one another, and this site provides resources to help, through education, tutorials, music and history. His Website includes a discussion forum, and a huge collection of ABC tunes.

Noteworthy Composer http://www.ntworthy.com/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
Visit here to download a pretty good shareware music/MIDI program.

Old Time Music MIDI Archive - 19th and 20th Century dance http://www.hetzlersfakebook.com MIDI & ABC Tunes
Old Time fiddle tunes - played with real fiddle effects, not just computer generated MIDIs. Check out the rest of this site, too.

Play with the Band http://www.A-Chordpublishing.com MIDI & ABC Tunes
Music on Piano Disks and Piano CD'S compatible with all brands of digital keyboards, acoustic pianos and disklaviers, computers and C. D. players. Our sheet music is coordinated to "Play Along" with the piano disks and CD's. Roaring 20's and Hymns of Praise.

Quagaars midi http://web.archive.org/web/20041028085043/http://www.quagaars_midi.homestead.com/1.html MIDI & ABC Tunes
some very nice midi files here

The Great Canadian Tunebook http://members.shaw.ca/tunebook/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
Barry Taylor's new home for his Canadian MIDI tunes. (still good April 2009)

Tune DB http://tunedb.woodenflute.com/ MIDI & ABC Tunes
Claims to have over 16,000 ABC tunes.

Charles Templeton Sheet Music Collection http://library.msstate.edu/ragtime/main.html Sheet Music
A large collection of sheet music at the Mississippi State University Library, available in easily-printed PDF format.

Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Sheet Music http://contentdm.baylor.edu/cdm4/index_01amp.php?CISOROOT=/01amp Sheet Music
Acquired by Baylor University in 1965, this collection of approximately 30,000 titles was the life-long pursuit of the avid and well-respected sheet music collector for whom the collection is named. The collection includes many fine examples of first editions such as Jingle Bells and Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as first editions of prominent American composers of the time such as Stephen Foster and Scott Joplin.

IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana University http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/inharmony Sheet Music
An extensive collection of sheet music. Music published 1923 and earlier is available online for review.

Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/index.html Sheet Music
The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music is part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It is comprised of popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. The over 26,000 pieces of music in the Levy Collection are indexed on this site, and images of the cover and music are available for pieces of music more than 75 years old. (Joe Offer)

Links to sheet music...(posted by Bill D) http://www.freesheetmusic.net/thelinks1.html Sheet Music
Many links to sites which have sheet music..(gifs, usually), as well as other things. Also, links to places to get software to convert.(ABC...etc.) This is a LARGE list of all styles of music. If you play fiddle, it is Heaven.

Music Exchange Sheet Muisc & Music Book Distributor http://www.music-exchange.co.uk Sheet Music
Sheet Music and Music Book Publications with worldwide mail order service for Musicians, Teachers and Eamination Music for Students.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/smhtml/smhome.html Sheet Music
A sheet music collection from the Library of Congress.

Musica Viva http://www.musicaviva.com/ Sheet Music
A free sheet music resource covering many styles. Music in Gif,ABC and midi formats also you can print your own manuscript paper.

Sheet Music & Books http://www.music-exchange.co.uk Sheet Music
Sheet Music and Music Book Publications with worldwide mail order service for Musicians, Teachers and Eamination Music for Students.

W is for the woods - traditional Adirondack music & music making http://woods.tauny.org/library.php Sheet Music
Sheet music, recordings, other documents


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