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Folksinger's Wordbook Paperback – 1973
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The table of contents is 13 pages long; the alphabetical index in the rear is 10. Subject headings range from "Bile Them Cabbage Down" (hoedowns, jigs and reels) and "All Over This Land" (songs of green places, big cities, mountain ranges, waterways and prairies) to "The Farmer is the Man" (songs of renters, hayseeds, sharecroppers and workers on the land), "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" (pretty self-explanatory, don't you think?) and "Murder Most Cruel" (songs of cruel mothers, jealous lovers, quarreling brothers and other bloody ballads).
Those are just a few of the 39 separate song chapters. Songs are drawn from all over the world, too -- lots of American songs, plenty of Ireland and Britain, plus a scattering of French, Yiddish, German, Mexican, Canadian, Australian and more.
If it's lyrics you want, chances are pretty good you don't need to look much further than Folksinger's Wordbook.
It is my hope that the author has corrected the musical errors from the earlier additions and then upgraded the chord prgressions to include more patterns beyond the standard collection of majors, minors and major 7-ths. Since there are no notation related to time signatures, melody lines or tempo, the performer should already have a good idea how the songs sound, otherwise there would be a vast diversity of interpretations. Still is is a good but, but a bit overpriced considering the limitations mentioned above.