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The Really Good Book of Standard Bluegrass Lyrics

To order by mail

For orders outside the US, you must order from here.

This book is a concise bluegrass lyrics book with 418 of the most common bluegrass songs. It is a very user-friendly, spiral bound, 112 page book in 8 ½ X 11 format. There are three or four songs on each page, but it's very readable. There are however, no chords or melody in the book, so you need to know the song to make use of it. I use it with my beginning students for ear training on chords. They can read along but can't cheat by reading the chords. This book has been very popular here in California and elsewhere. In fact, a new sport has been created around the book called "Good Book Roulette" as this CBA message boad post tells:

You go around the circle. The last person to play flips the book to a random page and sets it in front of the next person. That person has to pick one of the songs and sing it. It was great fun for a lot of reasons: a lot less pressure because you aren’t really expected to know the song; everybody sings; everybody is usually equally unfamiliar with the song; you get to do songs you kind of know but wouldn’t put out there and so on. Jack’s two books are great for this. The songs in the second book (The Equally Good Book) tend to be a little more obscure and when somebody got cocky and called for the Second Coming it usually went south. It was a lot of laughs but also a good way to stretch those musical skills.

As that paragraph above mentions, I do have a companion book, The Equally Good Book, but The Really Good Book should be your first choice if you're looking for the most commonly sung classics by people like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, etc. This book has now been revised and corrected about a dozen times and every piece has been carefully edited against the recorded version.

Check out a sample page in PDF format.

Here's the Song Index:

Alcatraz Blues : Paisleys
All the Good Times Are Past and Gone : Bill Monroe
Along About Daybreak : Bill Monroe
Angel Band : Stanley Brothers
Another Night : Stanley Brothers
Are You Tired of Me Darling? : Stanley Brothers
Are You Waiting Just for Me? : Stanley Brothers
Ashes of Love : Jim & Jesse
Baby Blue Eyes : Flatt & Scruggs
Baby Girl : Stanley Brothers
Banks of the Ohio : Tony Rice
A Beautiful Life : Bill Monroe
Before I Met You : Flatt & Scruggs
Blue Moon of Kentucky : Bill Monroe
Blue Night : Bill Monroe
Blue Railroad Train : Tony Rice
Blue Ridge Cabin Home : Flatt & Scruggs
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues : Jim & Jesse
Blue Yodel No. 4 : Bill Monroe
Bluebirds Are Singing for Me : Mac Wiseman; Osborne Brothers
Blues for Your Own : Sally Van Meter
Blues Stay Away from Me : Delmore Brothers
Body and Soul : Bill Monroe
Bound to Ride : Flatt & Scruggs
Bramble and the Rose : Lynn Morris
Brand New Shoes : Bill Monroe
Bringin' In The Georgia Mail : Flatt & Scruggs
Bury Me Beneath the Willow : Skaggs & Rice
Cabin of Love : Bill Monroe
Can't You Hear Me Calling? : Bill Monroe
Cardboard Mansion : Paisleys
Cash on the Barrelhead : Jim & Jesse
Chalk up Another One : Jimmy Martin
Cheap Love Affair : Bill Monroe
Children Are Crying : David Grisman
Close By : Bill Monroe
Colleen Malone : Hot Rize
Columbus Stockade Blues : Bill Monroe
Come Back to Me in My Dreams : Bill Monroe
Cora Is Gone : Flatt & Scruggs
Crazy Heart : James King
Cry Cry Darlin : Bill Monroe
Cry From The Cross : Stanley Brothers
Cryin' Holy Unto My Lord : Bill Monroe
Dark as a Dungeon : Reno & Smiley
Dark Hollow : Kentucky Colonels
Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn : Stanley Brothers
Deep Elum Blues : Red Allen
Dig a Hole in the Meadow : Flatt & Scruggs
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke : Flatt & Scruggs
Does It Have To End This Way : Paisleys
Doin' My Time : Flatt & Scruggs
Don't Give Your Heart To a Rambler : Jimmy Martin
Don't Laugh : McPeak Brothers
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down : Flatt & Scruggs
Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die : Reno & Smiley
Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky : Flatt & Scruggs
Don't You See That Train? : Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
Dooley : Dillards
Down in the River to Pray : O Brother
Down in the Willow Garden : Red Allen
Down the Road : Flatt & Scruggs
Down Where the River Bends : Ralph Stanley
Dream of a Miner's Child : Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs
Drifting Too Far From the Shore : Bill Monroe
Drink up and Go Home : Jimmy Martin
Each Season Changes You : Osborne Brothers
East Virginia Blues : Stanley Brothers
Eight More Miles to Louisville : Reno & Smiley
Farther Along : Bill Monroe
A Few Old Memories : Hazel Dickens
Fields Have Turned Brown: Stanley Brothers
Fireball Mail : Lonesome River Band
First Whippoorwill : Bill Monroe
Foggy Mountain Top : Monroe Brothers
Foggy River : Bill Monroe
Footprints in the Snow : Bill Monroe
Forty Years of Trouble : Paisleys
Fox On The Run : Country Gentlemen
Freeborn Man : Jimmy Martin
Freight Train : Jim & Jesse
Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet : Stanley Brothers
Going to the West : Laurie Lewis
Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures : Ralph Stanley
Gold Watch and Chain : Ralph Stanley
Gone Home : Flatt & Scruggs
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar : Hazel Dickens
Gonna Settle Down : Flatt & Scruggs
Good-Bye Old Pal : Bill Monroe
Gotta Travel On : Bill Monroe
Green Rolling Hills Of West Virginia : Jody Stecher And Kate Brislin
Ground Hog : Dillards
Hand Made Cross : Doyle Lawson
Handsome Molly : Flatt & Scruggs
Happy I'll Be : Vern & Ray
Harbor of Love : Stanley Brothers
Hard Hearted : Jim & Jesse
Hard Times : Nashville Bluegrass Band
He Will Set Your Fields on Fire : Bill Monroe
Heavy Traffic Ahead : Bill Monroe
Hello City Limits : Red Allen
Hideaway : Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
High on a Mountain : Del McCoury
Highway of Pain : Del McCoury
Highway of Regret : Stanley Brothers
Highway of Sorrow : Bill Monroe
Hit Parade of Love : Jimmy Martin
Hold Whatcha Got : Jimmy Martin
Homestead on the Farm : Flatt & Scruggs
Honey You Don't Know My Mind : Jimmy Martin
Hot Corn, Cold Corn : Flatt & Scruggs
How Many Times : Vern & Ray
How Mountain Girls Can Love : Stanley Brothers
How Will I Explain About You : Bill Monroe
I Am a Pilgrim : Bill Monroe
I Am the Man, Thomas : Ralph Stanley
I Am Weary, Let Me Rest : O Brother
I Believed in You Darling : Bill Monroe
I Cried Again : Jimmy Martin
I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair : Dan Tyminski
I Feel the Blues Moving In : Del McCoury
I Hear a Choo Choo Coming : Stanley Brothers
I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling : Bill Monroe
I Just Got Wise : Stanley Brothers
I Just Think I'll Go Away : Ralph Stanley
I Know What It Means to Be Lonesome : Flatt & Scruggs
I Love No One but You : Stanley Brothers
I Never Shall Marry : Bray Brothers
I Only Exist : Ralph Stanley
I Saw the Light : Stanley Brothers
I Wish You Knew : Jim & Jesse
I Wonder Where You Are Tonight : Bill Monroe
If I Lose : Ralph Stanley
If I Should Wander Back Tonight : Flatt & Scruggs
If That's The Way You Feel : Stanley Brothers
If You're Ever Gonna Love Me : Kentucky Colonels
I'll Drink No More Wine : Jimmy Martin
I'll Fly Away : Down From The Mountain
I'll Get By : James King
I'll Go Stepping Too : Flatt & Scruggs
I'll Just Pretend : Flatt & Scruggs
I'll Love Nobody But You : Jim & Jesse
I'll Never Love Another : Flatt & Scruggs
I'll Never Shed Another Tear : Flatt & Scruggs
I'll Remember You Love in My Prayers : Ralph Stanley
I'll Stay Around : Flatt & Scruggs
I'll Take the Blame : Flatt & Scruggs
I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome : Bill Monroe
I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When : Jimmy Martin
I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky : Bill Monroe
I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open : Flatt & Scruggs
I'm Head over Heels in Love : Flatt & Scruggs
I'm Lost And I'll Never Find The Way : Stanley Brothers
I'm Ready to Go : Stanley Brothers
I'm Sittin on Top of the World : Bill Monroe
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry : Bill Monroe
I'm Travelling on and On : Bill Monroe
I'm Troubled : Flatt & Scruggs
I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling : Flatt & Scruggs
I'm Working on a Building : Bill Monroe
In Despair : Bill Monroe
In the Gravel Yard : Blue Highway
In the Pines : Bill Monroe
It Takes One to Know One : Jimmy Martin
It's Goodbye and So Long to You : Mac Wiseman; Osborne Brothers
It's Might Dark To Travel : Bill Monroe
It's Raining Here This Morning : Stanley Brothers
I've Been All Around This World : Joe Val
I've Just Seen the Rock of Ages : Ralph Stanley
I've Never Been So Lonesome : Longview
Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy : Flatt & Scruggs
John Henry : Bill Monroe
Just Wondering Why : Jim & Jesse
Katy Cline : Mountain Music
Katy Daley : Ralph Stanley
Keep on the Sunny Side : Flatt & Scruggs
Kentucky : Osborne Brothers
Kentucky Girl : Larry Sparks
Kentucky Waltz : Bill Monroe
Kneel at the Cross : Stanley Brothers
Leavin' : James King
Let Me Rest at the End of the Day : Bill Monroe
Let the Church Roll On : Stanley Brothers
Letter from My Darling : Bill Monroe
Linda Lou : Bill Monroe
Little Annie : Lilly Brothers
Little Birdie : Bray Brothers
Little Cabin Home on the Hill : Bill Monroe
Little Darling Pal of Mine : Stanley Brothers
Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake : Stanley Brothers
Little Glass of Wine : Stanley Brothers
Little Maggie : Stanley Brothers
Little Sadie : Tony Rice
Little White Washed Chimney : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Live and Let Live : Bill Monroe
Log Cabin in the Lane : Bill Monroe
Lonely Tombs : Stanley Brothers
Lonesome Night : Stanley Brothers
Lonesome Old Home : Longview
Lonesome Road Blues : Bill Monroe
Lonesome Without You : Stanley Brothers
Long Black Veil : Bill Monroe
Long Gone : Reno & Smiley
Long Journey Home : Stanley Brothers
Lost Highway : Jimmy Martin
Lost to a Stranger : Jimmy Martin
Love and Wealth [#] : Newport Folk Festival
Love Grown Cold : Lynn Morris
Love Of The Mountains : Larry Sparks
Man of Constant Sorrow : O Brother
Maple On the Hill : Stanley Brothers
Mary Ann : Jimmy Martin
Matterhorn : Country Gentlemen
Maybe You Will Change Your Mind : Reno & Smiley
Meet Me by the Moonlight : Don Rigsby, Dudley Connell
Memories of Mother and Dad : Bill Monroe
Midnight on the Stormy Deep : Bill Monroe
Misery Loves Company : Johnson Mountain Boys
Molly and Tenbrooks [The Racehorse Song] : Bill Monroe
Money, Marbles and Chalk : Reno & Smiley
Montana Cowboy : Vern & Ray
More Pretty Girls Than One : Jimmy Martin
Mother's Only Sleeping : Bill Monroe
Mountain Dew : Flatt & Scruggs
My Aching Heart : Osborne Brothers
My Cabin in Caroline : Flatt & Scruggs
My Deceitful Heart : Stanley Brothers
My Dixie Darling : Laurie Lewis; Tom Rozum
My Dying Bed : Bill Monroe
My Heart Skips a Beat : Lynn Morris
My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains : Bluegrass Album Band
My Little Georgia Rose : Bill Monroe
My Little Girl in Tennessee : Flatt & Scruggs
My Rose of Old Kentucky : Bill Monroe
My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling : Bill Monroe
Nellie Kane : Hot Rize
Never Again : Stanley Brothers
New River Train : Bill Monroe
Nine Pound Hammer : Stanley Brothers
No Hiding Place Down Here : Flatt & Scruggs
No Longer a Sweetheart of Mine : Reno & Smiley
Nobody Loves Me : Bill Monroe
Nobody's Business : Stanley Brothers
Ocean of Diamonds : Jimmy Martin
Old Country Church : Ralph Stanley
Old Devil's Dream : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Old Home : Stanley Brothers
Old Home Place : Dillards
Old Kentucky Home [#] : Vern Williams
Old Love Letters : Stanley Brothers
Old Man at the Mill : Dillards
Old Old House : Bill Monroe
Old Swinging Bridge : Paisleys
Ole Slew Foot : Jim & Jesse
On and On : Bill Monroe
On My Mind : Flatt & Scruggs
On the Old Kentucky Shore : Bill Monroe
Once More : Osborne Brothers
The One I Love Is Gone : Hazel Dickens
Our Last Goodbye : Stanley Brothers
Out in the Cold World : Bill Monroe
Over in the Gloryland : Stanley Brothers
Pain in My Heart : Flatt & Scruggs
Paradise [Live] : Jim & Jesse
Pardon Me : Jim & Jesse
Paul and Silas : Stanley Brothers
Pig in a Pen : Stanley Brothers
Poison Love : Bill Monroe
Prayer Bells of Heaven : Jimmy Martin
Pretty Polly : Stanley Brothers
Prisoner's Song : Bill Monroe
Rain and Snow : Del McCoury
Raleigh and Spencer : Laurie Lewis
Rank Strangers : Stanley Brothers
Red Clay Halo : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Red Rocking Chair : Bray Brothers
Ridin' That Midnight Train : Stanley Brothers
River of Jordan : Jim & Jesse
Rock Hearts : Jimmy Martin
Rocky Road Blues : Bill Monroe
Rocky Top : Osborne Brothers
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms : Flatt & Scruggs
Roll On Buddy : Bill Monroe
Rollin' On : Lilly Brothers
Roving Gambler : Larry Sparks
Sad and Lonesome Day : Country Gentlemen
Salty Dog Blues : Flatt & Scruggs
Say Won't You Be Mine? : Stanley Brothers
Sea Of Regret : Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs
Secret of the Waterfall : Country Gentlemen
Shackles and Chains : Stanley Brothers
She Left Me Standing on the Mountain [Live] : Jim & Jesse
Shenandoah Waltz : Stanley Brothers
She's More to Be Pitied : Stanley Brothers
She's No Angel : Osborne Brothers
Short Life of Trouble : Mountain Music
Shoutin' on the Hills of Glory : Stanley Brothers
Silent Partner : Paisleys
Sitting Alone in the Moonlight : Bill Monroe
Slippin' Away : James King
Somebody Loves You Darling : Red Allen
Somehow Tonight : Flatt & Scruggs
Someone Took My Place With You : Flatt & Scruggs
Sophronie : Jimmy Martin
Stay Away From Me : Bill Monroe
Stone Walls and Steel Bars : Stanley Brothers
Storms Are on the Ocean : Lilly Brothers
Sugar Coated Love : Bill Monroe
Sundown and Sorrow : Jim & Jesse
Sunny Side of the Mountain : Will the Circle
Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes : Jim & Jesse
Sweet Sunny South : Bluegrass Album Band
Sweetest Gift : Connie & Babe
Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong : Bill Monroe
Take This Hammer : Flatt & Scruggs
Take Your Shoes Off, Moses : Ralph Stanley
Talk It All over With Him : Bluegrass Album Band
Talk Of The Town : Reno & Smiley
Tear My Stillhouse Down : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Teardrops in My Eyes : Osborne Brothers
Texas Bluebonnets : Laurie Lewis
That Dawn the Day You Left Me : Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
That Happy Night : Stanley Brothers
There Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone : Jimmy Martin
There's Better Time's Coming : Jimmy Martin
Things in Life : Laurie Lewis
Think of What You've Done : Stanley Brothers
Thinking About You : Flatt & Scruggs
This Morning at Nine : Tony Rice
This Weary Heart You Stole Away : Stanley Brothers
Those Memories of You : Bill Monroe
Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine : Stanley Brothers
Till the End of the World Rolls Around : Flatt & Scruggs
Too Late to Cry : Stanley Brothers
Touch Of God's Hand : Vern & Ray
Toy Heart : Bill Monroe
Tragic Romance : Stanley Brothers
Travelin' This Lonesome Road : Bill Monroe
Troubles All My Own : High Country
True Life Blues : Bill Monroe
Two More Years : Stanley Brothers
Uncle Pen : Bill Monroe
Uncloudy Day : Doc Watson
Unwanted Love : Reno & Smiley
Used to Be : Bill Monroe
Wabash Cannonball : Flatt & Scruggs
Walk on Boy : Bray Brothers
Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine : Bill Monroe
Walkin' the Dog : Hot Rize
Walls of Time : Bill Monroe
Waves on the Sea : Johnson Mountain Boys
Way Downtown : Tony Rice
Wayfaring Stranger : Bill Monroe
We Can't Be Darlings Anymore : Flatt & Scruggs
Weary Lonesome Blues: Traditional Grass
We'll Meet Again Sweetheart : Flatt & Scruggs
What About You? : Stanley Brothers
What Does Tha Deep Sea Say? : The BlueGrass Suspects
When I Stop Dreaming : Jim & Jesse
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again : Bill Monroe
When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall : Bill Monroe
When You Are Lonely : Bill Monroe
When You Go Walking : Lonesome River Band
Where the Dim Lights Are the Dimmest : Longview
Where the Soul Never Dies : Jim & Jesse
White Dove : Stanley Brothers
White House Blues : Bill Monroe
Who Will Sing for Me? : Flatt & Scruggs
Who's That Knocking At My Door? : Dreadful Snakes
Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On? : Del McCoury
Why Did You Wander? : Bill Monroe
Why Don't You Tell Me So : Flatt & Scruggs
Wicked Path of Sin : Bill Monroe
Wild Bill Jones : Stanley Brothers
Will He Wait A Little Longer? : Stanley Brothers
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? : Will the Circle
Will the Roses Bloom Where She Lies Sleeping? : Flatt & Scruggs
Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown?: Down From The Mountain
Will You Be Lonesome Too? : Newport Folk Festival
Will You Be Loving Another Man? : Bill Monroe
Will You Be Satisfied That Way? : Michael Cleveland
Won't You Come and Sing for Me? : Hazel Dickens
Worried Man Blues : Flatt & Scruggs
Wreck of the Old 97 : Flatt & Scruggs
Wrong Road Again : Joe Val
You Are My Flower : Flatt & Scruggs
You Don't Know My Mind : Jimmy Martin
You'd Better Get Right : Stanley Brothers
Your Love Is Like a Flower : Flatt & Scruggs
You're the Girl of My Dreams : Larry Sparks

Updated March 1, 2018