Archive for the ‘lyrics’ Category

Another Old Time Lyric Site

December 19, 2011

Here is another large online old time lyric collection.  This and the Bluegrass Messenger site have it pretty well covered.


“Play and Dance Songs and Tunes”

October 10, 2011

From The Archive of American Folk Song LP,  AFS L9.

Available here.

Sara and Maybelle

October 1, 2011

Sara and Maybelle,” (10 min., 1981.) excerpt from the sublime film  by John Cohen.

If ever a foul mood overtakes you, please watch this video.

Complete Carter Family lyrics online:

Carter Family biography:   Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?: The Carter Family & Their Legacy In American Music by Mark Zwonitzer

Jug Band Lyrics

September 17, 2011

by Robert Crumb

For a huge collection of classic era jug band lyrics, see

From that site, the sublime 3rd verse of “K. C. Moan,” by the Memphis Jug Band (1929):

Mmm, mmm, mmm

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Homage to Dock Boggs

September 16, 2011

Dock and Sarah Boggs

Lyrics to all of Dock Boggs reissued recordings, I believe, can be found here:

The site also contains discographical info, tunings, biography, articles, stories, photos, and audio clips of interviews with Boggs.

Old Time Lyrics site

September 10, 2011

Texas Gladden and Alan Lomax

Richard Matteson at Bluegrass Messengers offers what appears to be the largest online collection of old time song lyrics, with extensive notes and discographical information.

This gent is thorough: he includes 24 versions of “Froggie Went A-Courtin’.”

Rain down bonny mish ki-me-oh.
Kero kiro gilt and garo
Kero kiro karo
Rap Jack penny winkle flammydoodle yellow buckle
Rain down bonny mish ki-me-oh

Old Time Music Songbook

September 3, 2011

Ahmet Baycu posts this PDF collection of old time lyrics on his fabulous site He writes:

This songbook is in fact just lyrics and not the music to over 150 of my favourite OTM songs/tunes.  I have in most instances transcribed the words from the original recordings, not from internet search engines.  I have included many interesting photos, all unnamed however for your amusement and
study. Don’t worry about mistakes you may encounter!