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The Equally Good Book of Standard Bluegrass Lyrics

To order by mail

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

This book is a twin to the Really Good Book of Bluegrass Standards. Same format, but entirely different songs. The Equally Good Book has lots of common songs that didn't make the first book, great songs that don't get sung enough and some of the newer traditional sounding pieces.

The Equally Good Book is a concise lyrics book with 418 bluegrass songs. It is spiral bound, 112 page book in 8 ½ X 11 format. There are three or four songs on each page. 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.

Check out a sample page in PDF format.

Here's the Song Index:

1952 Vincent Black Lightning : Del McCoury
Ain't Gonna Lay My Armor Down : Jim Mills
Ain't I Been Good to You? : Hot Rize
Air Mail Special on the Fly : Jim & Jesse
Alabam' : Jim & Jesse
All I Have Is Just A Memory : Reno & Smiley
All Night Blues : King Wilkie
Alone With You : Jim & Jesse
Another Day : Reno & Smiley
Another Day, Another Dollar : Alison Krauss
Are You Afraid to Die? : Stanley Brothers
Are You Coming Back To Me? : Del McCoury
Are You Missing Me? : Bluegrass Cardinals
Are You Teasing Me? : Red Allen
Are You Washed in the Blood? : Red Allen
At the End of a Long Lonely Day : Paisleys
Back to Dixie : McPeak Brothers
Banjo Picking Girl : Hazel Dickens
Barbara Allen : Bray Brothers
Be Nobody's Darling But Mine : Larry Sparks
Beautiful Bouquet : Laurie Lewis
Beauty of My Dreams : Del McCoury
Before the Sun Goes Down : Jimmy Martin
Better Luck Next Time : Reno & Smiley
Big Ball in Boston : Del McCoury
Big House on the Corner : James King
Big River : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Big Spike Hammer : Osborne Brothers
Black Eyed Susie : Johnson Mountain Boys
Blue Eyed Darling : Bray Brothers
Blue Is the Way That I Feel : Del McCoury
Blue Skies and Teardrops : Lynn Morris
Blue Virginia Blues : Larry Sparks
Bluest Man In Town : Bill Monroe
Bootleg John : Stanley Tradition
Bouquet in Heaven : Flatt & Scruggs
Brakeman's Blues : Bill Monroe
Brighter Mansion Over There : Reno & Smiley
Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy : Lilly Brothers
Bringing Mary Home : Country Gentlemen
Busted : Hazel Dickens
Butcher Boy : 1946
Cabin on a Mountain : Vern & Ray & The Carroll County Boys
Careless Love : Jim & Jesse
Carolina Mountain Home : Stanley Brothers
Carolyn the Teenage Queen : Lonesome River Band
Catfish John : Country Gentlemen
Cheek to Cheek With the Blues : Del McCoury
Childish Love : Jim & Jesse
Clinch Mountain Home : Vern Williams
Cold Cold Love : Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show
Cold Cold Loving : Flatt & Scruggs
Cold Wind : Joe Val
Come Back Darling : Flatt & Scruggs
Comin' Down from the Mountain : True Blue
Connie & Buster : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Cotton Mill Man : Jim & Jesse
Could You Love Me One More Time? : Stanley Brothers
Country Boy Rock & Roll : Reno & Smiley
Crazy Heart : Del McCoury
Crying Heart Blues : Red Allen
Crying My Heart Out Over You : Flatt & Scruggs
Danville Girl : Tim Staford
Dark as the Night, Blue as the Day : Bill Monroe
Dark Shadows of Night : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Dear Old Mother : Jim & Jesse
Deep River : Paisleys
Devil's Little Angel : Doyle Lawson
Diamond Joe : Joe Val
Did You Ever Go Sailing? : Jim & Jesse
Dirty Dishes Blues : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Don't Ask Me Why : Ralph Stanley
Don't Bother to Cry : Hazel Dickens
Don't Come Running Back To Me : Buzz Busby
Don't Cry to Me : Jimmy Martin
Don't Get Above Your Raising : Flatt & Scruggs
Don't Go Out Tonight : Stanley Brothers
Don't Let Me Cross Over : Jimmy Martin
Don't Let Our Love Die : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Don't Make Me Go To Bed : 1946
Don't Say Goodbye If You Love Me : Jim & Jesse
Doorstep of Trouble : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Down Among the Budded Roses : Vern Williams
Down Down Down : Rose Maddox
Down In The Valley : Bill & Mary Reid & The Melody Mountaineers
Down the Road to Home : Connie & Babe
Dreaming : Doyle Lawson
Dreaming of a Little Cabin : Connie & Babe
Drifting Away : King Wilkie
Drifting With the Tide : Reno & Smiley
Drivin' Nails in My Coffin : Rhonda Vincent
Drunkard's Hell : Stanley Brothers
Duncan and Brady : Johnson Mountain Boys
Dying A Sinner's Death : Stanley Brothers
East Bound Freight Train : Reno & Smiley
Eli Renfro : Del McCoury
Evil Hearted Woman : Parmley & McCoury
Face In The Crowd : Larry Sparks
Faded Red Ribbon : Longview
Family Who Prays Never Shall Part : Jim & Jesse
Fifty Fifty Chance : Del McCoury
First Step to Heaven : Ralph Stanley
Flame In My Heart : James King
Flying South : Charlie Moore & The Dixie Partners
Footsteps So Near : Hot Rize
Fraulein : Jimmy Martin
Freight Train Boogie : Reno & Smiley
Future Remains : Johnson Mountain Boys
Get Behind Me Satan : Reno & Smiley
Getting You Out of the Way : Dwight McCall
Girl at the Crossroads Bar : Bluegrass Cardinals
Girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind : Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show
Girl in the Blue Velvet Band : Bill Monroe
Give Me the Roses Now : Jimmy Martin
Give Me Your Hand : Jimmy Martin
Goin' Back to the Blueridge Mountains : Jim Mills
Going Up On The Mountain : Goins Brothers
Gonna Paint the Town : Stanley Brothers
Good Things Outweigh the Bad : Jimmy Martin
Good Woman's Love : Bill Monroe
Goodbye Maggie : Lilly Brothers
Goodbye to the Blues : Lynn Morris
Grave on the Hillside : Connie & Babe
Hang Your Head In Shame : Del McCoury
Have I Stayed Away Too Long? : Paisleys
Have You Come To Say Goodbye? : Red Allen
Have You Someone In Heaven Awaiting? : Stanley Brothers
He's Coming Back to Earth Again : Reno & Smiley
He Took Your Place : Flatt & Scruggs
Heartless Love : Lonesome River Band
Hemlocks and Primroses : Longview
Hey Lonesome : Jimmy Martin
Hey! Hey! Hey! : Stanley Brothers
Hickory Wind : Seldom Scene
Highway Paved With Pain : Lonesome River Band
Hills And Home : Longview
Hills of Roan County : Stanley Brothers
Home : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Home in the Mountains : Stanley Tradition
Home Run Man : Jimmy Martin
Home Sick : 1946
Honky Tonk Blues : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
How Lonely Can You Get? : Del McCoury
How Long Blues : Del McCoury
How Will the Flowers Bloom? : Longview
Howling Blue Winds : 1946
I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent : David Grisman
I Beg to You : James King
I Buried My Future : Jimmy Martin
I Could Change My Mind : Johnson Mountain Boys
I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby : Jim & Jesse
I Don't Care Anymore : Flatt & Scruggs
I Don't Know Why : Red Allen
I Found a Hiding Place : Bill Monroe
I Guess I'll Go on Dreaming : Red Allen
I Haven't Seen Mary in Years : Bill Monroe
I Heard the Bluebirds Sing : Jim & Jesse
I Hope You Have Learned : Bill Monroe
I Hung My Head and Cried : Flatt & Scruggs
I Just Want To Grow Old Lovin' You : James King
I Know You're Married But I Love You Still : Reno & Smiley
I Live in the Past : Bill Monroe
I Never Get to Hold You in My Arms Anymore : Reno & Smiley
I Overlooked an Orchid : Paisleys
I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name : Paisleys
I Was Left on the Street : Bill Monroe
I Wasted My Tears : Traditional Grass
I Wish It Had Been a Dream : Laurie Lewis
I Won't Be Hangin Around : Flatt & Scruggs
I Wonder Why You Said Goodbye : Larry Sparks
I Worship You : Stanley Brothers
I Wouldn't Change You If I Could : Reno & Smiley
I'd Rather Be Alone : Flatt & Scruggs
I'll Claim The Blame : 1946
I'll Love You Til the Day I Die : Vern Williams
I'll Never Change My Mind : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
I'll Never Grow Tired Of You : Stanley Brothers
I'll Never Take No for an Answer : Jimmy Martin
I'll Pretend It's Raining : Lynn Morris
I'll Still Write Your Name in the Sand : Lilly Brothers
I'll Take Back My Wedding Rings : Traditional Grass
I'll Take the Blame : Stanley Brothers
I'll Wash Your Love from My Heart : Jim & Jesse
I'm Better off Now That You're Gone : Stanley Tradition
I'm Going Back to See the Old Home : Reno & Smiley
I'm Going Home Again : Longview
I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail : Red Allen
I'm Lonesome and Blue : Flatt & Scruggs
I'm So Blue : Open Road
I'm The Biggest Liar In Town : Reno & Smiley
I'm the Boss Of This Here House : Jimmy Martin
I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes : Jimmy Martin
I'm Using My Bible for a Roadmap : Reno & Smiley
Imitation of the Blues : High Country
In Foggy Old London : Jimmy Martin
In My Dear Old Southern Home : Laurie Lewis
Indecision : James King
Is It Over Now? : Stanley Tradition
Is It Too Late? : Flatt & Scruggs
Is the Blue Moon Still Shining? : Bill Monroe
It Must Be Love : James King
It's a Long, Long Way To the Top of the World : Jim & Jesse
I've Endured : Del McCoury
I've Got My Future on Ice : Jimmy Martin
I've Lived a Lot in My Time : Bill Monroe
I've Lost You : Flatt & Scruggs
I've Waited as Long as I Can : Tony Rice
Johnson Boys : Flatt & Scruggs
Just Ain't : Flatt & Scruggs
Just Another Broken Heart : Hazel Dickens
Just When I Needed You : Jim & Jesse
Keep On Going : Red Allen
Kentucky Borderline : Rhonda Vincent
Kentucky Road : McPeak Brothers
Knocking at Your Door : Red Allen
Knoxville Girl : Jim & Jesse
Last Letter Home : The Gibson Brothers
Leavin' Home : David Grisman
Legend of the Rebel Soldier : Country Gentlemen
Let's Go To The Fair : Ralph Stanley
Let Me Be Your Friend : Stanley Brothers
Let Me Love You One More Time : Stanley Brothers
Let the Whole World Talk : Johnson Mountain Boys
Let Us Travel On : Doyle Lawson
Letters Have No Arms : James King
Life's Railway to Heaven : Jim & Jesse
Life's Too Short : Hot Rize
Lights on the Hill : Del McCoury
Likes of You : Lynn Morris
Little at a Time : Stanley Brothers
Little Bessie : Stanley Brothers
Little Joe : Stanley Brothers
Little White Church : Jimmy Martin
Little Willie : Stanley Brothers
Livin' the Blues : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Lonely River : James King
Lonesome River : Stanley Brothers
Lonesome Road to Travel : Bill Monroe
Lonesome Whistle Blues : Dreadful Snakes
Lonesome Wind Blues : Bill Monroe
Long Time Gone : Joe Val
Losing You : Jimmy Martin
Lost John : Hot Rize
Lost River : McPeak Brothers
Love Gone Cold : IIIrd Tyme Out
Love Me Darling Just Tonight : Stanley Brothers
Love Me or Leave Me Alone : Hazel Dickens
Make Room for the Blues : Del McCoury
Mansion for Me : Bill Monroe
Mansion On The Hill : Jimmy Martin
Me And The Jukebox : Buzz Busby
Medicine Springs : Stanley Tradition
Memories Of Mother : Stanley Brothers
Memories of You : Bill Monroe
Memory of Your Smile : Stanley Brothers
Milwaukee Here I Come : Jimmy Martin
Miner's Prayer : Ralph Stanley
Moonshiner : Peter Rowan
Mother Knows Best : Paisleys
Mother No Longer Awaits Me : Stanley Brothers
Mr. Engineer : Jimmy Martin
Muleskinner Blues : Bill Monroe
My Better Years : Johnson Mountain Boys
My Darling's Last Goodbye : Flatt & Scruggs
My Dixie Home : Del McCoury
My Lord Keeps A Record : James King
My Main Trial Is Yet to Come : Stanley Brothers
My Sweet Love Ain't Around : Red Allen
My Walking Shoes : Jimmy Martin
New Patches : Lynn Morris
New Set of Rules : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Next Sunday, Darling, Is My Birthday : Stanley Brothers
Ninety Nine Years And One Dark Day : Hot Rize
No Doubt About It : Flatt & Scruggs
No Mother in This World : Flatt & Scruggs
No Mother Or Dad : Flatt & Scruggs
No One But My Darling : Bill Monroe
No Vacancy : Paisleys
Nobody Cares : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Now Just Suppose : Johnson Mountain Boys
Old Blue : Dillards
Old Crossroads : Bill Monroe
Old Home Town : Flatt & Scruggs
Old Memories Mean Nothing to Me : Del McCoury
Old Rattler : Stanley Brothers
Old River : James King
Old Train : Tony Rice
One More Dollar : Nashville Bluegrass Band
One Tear : Osborne Brothers
One Way Ticket to the Blues : James King
One Way Train : Doyle Lawson
Only Time Can Mend a Broken Heart : Longview
Out On The Ocean : Red Allen
Over the Hills to the Poorhouse : Flatt & Scruggs
Phone Call Away : IIIrd Tyme Out
Please Be My Love : Jim & Jesse
Please Come Back Little Pal : True Blue
Please Don't Feel Sorry for Me : Reno & Smiley
Please Don't Honey Please Don't : Paisleys
Please Search Your Heart : Bluegrass Album Band
Poor Ellen Smith : Jimmy Martin
Pretending : Reno & Smiley
Prison Walls of Love : Paisleys
Put My Little Shoes Away : Bill Monroe
Rabbit in a Log : Stanley Brothers
Reno Bound : Buzz Busby
Right Before My Eyes : Parmley & McCoury
Roll on Blues : Johnson Mountain Boys
Room Over Mine : Paisleys
Roust-A-Bout : Flatt & Scruggs
Ruby Are You Mad : Osborne Brothers
Sad Situation : O Sister
Sally-Jo : Bill Monroe
Sally Ann : True Blue
Scraps from Your Table : Lynn Morris
Sea of Sorrow : Del McCoury
Send Me Your Address From Heaven : Red Allen
Seven Year Blues : Bill Monroe
Sharecropper's Son : Stanley Tradition
She Has Forgotten : Reno & Smiley
Shoulder to Shoulder : Lynn Morris
Six White Horses : Flatt & Scruggs
Skip, Hop and Wobble : Jimmy Martin
Sleepy-Eyed John : Jim & Jesse
Smoky Mountain Memories : Larry Sparks
Sold Down the River : Bill Monroe
Some Kinda Sorry : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Somewhere Between : Paisleys
Southbound : Flatt & Scruggs
Southern Moon : Mac Martin
Sparkling Brown Eyes : Joe Val
Standing Room Only : Stanley Brothers
Steel Rails : Alison Krauss
Steppin' Stones : Jimmy Martin
Stepstone : True Blue
Stormy Horizons : Jim & Jesse
Stormy Waters : Jimmy Martin
Summertime Is Past and Gone : Bill Monroe
Sweet Fern : True Blue
Sweeter Than the Flowers : Stanley Brothers
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot : Jim & Jesse
Take Me in the Lifeboat : Flatt & Scruggs
Tall Pines : Bill Monroe
Teardrop on a Rose : James King
Tears of Regret : Jim & Jesse
Tennessee : Jimmy Martin
Tennessee 1949 : Larry Sparks
Tennessee Stud : Doc Watson
Tennessee Waltz : Jimmy Martin
Texas Girl : Laurie Lewis; Tom Rozum
That's How I Can Count on You : Jimmy Martin
That's Why You Left Me So Blue : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight : Jim Mills
There's Another Baby Waiting for Me Down the Line : Reno & Smiley
Through The Bottom Of The Glass : Seldom Scene
Tiny Broken Heart : Hazel Dickens
Tis Sweet to Be Remembered : Flatt & Scruggs
Tomorrow I'll Be Gone : Bill Monroe
Too Late To Walk The Floor : Larry Sparks
Too Many Tears : Jim & Jesse
Trail Of Sorrow : Reno & Smiley
Train That Carried My Girl from Town : Flatt & Scruggs
Traveling the Highway Home : Stanley Gospel Tradition
Troubles Around My Door : Red Allen
Trust Each Other : Stanley Brothers
Try Me on One More Time : Del McCoury
Twenty One Years : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Two Arms to Hold Me : Jim & Jesse
Valley Of Tears : Carl Story
Virginia Waltz : Jim & Jesse
Vision of Mother : Stanley Brothers
Walk the Way the Wind Blows : Hot Rize
Walking in My Sleep : Hazel Dickens
Wall (The) : James King
Wave the Ocean, Wave the Sae : Tim & Mollie O'Brien
We Live In Two Different Worlds : Red Allen
Wear a Red Rose : James King
Weary Blues from Waitin' : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Weathered Gray Stone : Johnson Mountain Boys
Well Enough Alone : Red Allen
West Virginia, My Home : Hazel Dickens
What's Good for You : Flatt & Scruggs
What Can I Do? : Joe Val
What Was I Supposed to Do? : Jimmy Martin
What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul? : Monroe Brothers
When My Time Comes to Go : IIIrd Tyme Out
When the Cactus Is in Bloom : Bill Monroe
When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland : Tim & Mollie O'Brien
When Your Phone Don't Ring It'll Be Me : James King
Where The Old Red River Flows : Joe Val
Whispering Waters : James King
White Rose : Country Gentlemen
Who's Going Down to Town : Vern Williams
Who's That Knocking? : Hazel Dickens
Who Done It? : Osborne Brothers
Whose Red Wagon : Buzz Busby
Window up Above : Stanley Brothers
Windy Mountain : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Wings of Angels : Stanley Brothers
Y'all Come : Bill Monroe
Yesterday's Gone : Osborne Brothers
You Are the One : Jim & Jesse
You Broke Your Promise : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
You Don't Love God : Carl Story
You Left Me Alone : Longview
You Left Me to Cry : Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
You Live in a World All Your Own : Bill Monroe
You Won't Be Statisfied That Way : Bill Monroe
You'll Be a Lost Ball : Jimmy Martin
You'll Find Her Name Written There : Bill Monroe
You'll Get No More of Me : Hazel Dickens
You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone : Flatt & Scruggs
You're a Flower in the Wildwood : Del McCoury
Your Love Is Dying : Reno & Smiley
You're Not a Drop in the Bucket : Flatt & Scruggs
You're Still to Blame : Stanley Brothers
Your Selfish Heart : Stanley Brothers
Zion's Hill : Stanley Gospel Tradition

Updated March 13, 2016