Song book

"Songbook" redirects here. For other uses, see Songbook (disambiguation).

A song book is a book containing lyrics and notes for songs. Song books may be simple composition books or spiral-bound notebooks. Music publishers also produced printed editions for group singing.[1][2] Such volumes were used in the U.S. by piano manufacturers as a marketing tool.[3]

Song books containing religious music are often called hymnals; books containing the music for hymns with minimal, or no words, are sometimes called tune books.[4]

See also


  1. Beattie, John (1941). The Gray Book of Favorite Songs (Enlarged ed.). Chicago, IL: Hall & McCreary. OCLC: 11729190.
  2. Dann, Hollis (1919). Twice 55 Plus Community Songs : The New Brown Book. Boston, Ma: C. C. Birchard Co. OCLC: 2343182.
  3. The One Hundred and One Best Songs, The Cable Company, Piano Makers, Chicago, IL. 1912
  4. Stone, Alfred (1891). The Bristol Tune Book (Third ed.). London, UK, New York, NY: Novello, Ewer & Co.
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