The Really Good Book of Standard Bluegrass Songs

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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.

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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: Here's a Spotify Playlist for the book!

  • 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 : 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

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