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Easy Folk Songs On Guitar

Welcome to my easy folk songs on guitar page. Below are demos, free chord sheets and if required, you can purchase any lesson for a few bucks. See prices above for bulk discounts.

Artists on this page:
Badly Drawn Boy - Brewer & Shipley
Christopher Cross - City & Color
Dave Loggins
David Francy - David Mallett
David Olney - Foy Vance
Hayden - Iron & Wine
Jeff Tweedy - Jim Ford
John Sebastian - Jonathan Edwards
Keith Carradine - Ken Tobias
Lord Huron - Loudain Wainwright III
Michael McDermott
Nathaniel Rateliff - Noel Paul Stookey
Paul Brady - Paul Carrack
Peter Maffay - R Dean Taylor
Ron Sexsmith - Sean Rowe
The Men They Couldn't Hang
Tim Buckley - Uncle Tupelo
Valdy - Walk Off The Earth
Will Kimborough

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Easy Folk Songs On Guitar
Chords, Lyrics, Demos, Tutorials


1. And It's Still Alright - Nathaniel Rateliff

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And It's Still Alright hails from the album of the same name which was released in 2020, his first since 2013.

This song peaked at #33 on the US Rock charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Am, F, G 
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2. Call It Dreaming - Iron & Wine

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Call It Dreaming was released as a single in 2017 from the studio album "Beast Epic".

No indication that the song was released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down - down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes blended in the rhythm
  • Chords: D, G, Em, A7, Gbm, Bm, A
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3. Dead Skunk - Loudin Wainwright III

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Dead Skunk became a novelty song upon it's release from the 1972 album Album III.

The song peaked at #16 in the US.

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4. Dolphins - Tim Buckley

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Dolphins can be found on Tim's 1970 album "Sefronia".

I'm not sure if the song was ever released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, G7, Am, D7, G#
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5. Ends Of The Earth - Lord Huron

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Ends Of The Earth was a song recorded in 2012 for Lord Huron's album "Lonesome Dreams".

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root down up down up and repeat .. and then some quick shuffle strumming
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Bm, G
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6. Every Bit Of Love - Ken Tobias

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Every Bit Of Love was a 1975 single by Ken Tobis from his album of the same name.

The song did not chart in the US but reached #17 in Canada.

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7. Eyes Of Blue - Paul Carrick

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Eyes Of Blue reached #40 in the UK and #24 in the US for Paul Carrack back in 1996-97.

The song is on the 1995 album "Blue Views".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No for original
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, Am, F, G, D3, Cm, G#, A#, D#
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8. Fragile Bird - City & Color

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Fragile Bird is from City & Color's 3rd album called "Little Hell".

This song was a #1 and a #48 on two different charts in Canada back in 2011.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use downstrokes with a few accents and a down down up down down up down up in the ch
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Am, Am/Gb, Gmaj7, Fmaj7
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9. Goodnight Moon - Will Kimborough

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Goodnight Moon is a track from the 2000 album by Will called "This".

To my knowledge the song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D7, G, D, Em, C, Am, D7sus
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10. Gwendolyn - Jeff Tweddy

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Gwendolyn is from Jeff's 2020 album Love Is the King.

No idea if this one was ever released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, Am, C, D
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11. I'll Be Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind - Jim Ford

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I'll Be Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind is a 2008 track on the CD "Point Of No Return Unreleased Masters, A Lost 45 & Rare Demos".

I don't believe this was released as a single but has been recorded by a few other artists. Nick Lowe was a big fan of Jim Ford who passed away in 2007.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, A, B
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12. I'll Follow Your Train - Sean Rowe

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I'll Follow Your Trail is a track from the 2017 album "New Lore".

this song was not released as a single but does have a music video online.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, D/Db, D/B, A7sus, A7, G, D/Gb, Em, D/F
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13. I'm Easy - Keith Carradine

I'm Easy was written by Carradine for the 1975 movie "Nashville".

The song reached #17 on Billboards Hot 100, won an Academy Award for best song and also won a Golden Globe.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, Dm, G, Cmaj7, Fmaj7, Em
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14. Indiana Wants Me - R Dean Taylor

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Indiana Wants Me was written by Canadian artist R. Dean Taylor and was a top 10 in both Canada and the US in 1970.

This one can be found on his album "I Think Therefore I Am".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C, D, G6, Em, E7, A7, F, Am, D7
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15. Josie - Peter Maffay

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Josie is a song written by Dion and was recorded by German artist Peter Maffay. He released an album of the same name back in 1975. I'm not sure if this was ever a single or not.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, F, Am, G6
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16. Lakes Of Pontchartrain - Paul Brady

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Lakes Of Pontchartrain was never a single from Paul Brady but has become one of his most well known songs.

It hails from his debut album from 1978 entitled Welcome Here Kind Stranger.


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17. Middle Of Love - Ron Sexsmith

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Middle Of Love is a track from Ron's 2011 album "Long Player Late Bloomer".

To my knowledge this song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret original
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up up up down up down up  and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: B7, Em, F, C, A7, D7, G, Am
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18. One Toke Over The Line - Brewer & Shipley

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One Toke Over The Line was the debut single for the duo Brewer and Shipley back in 1971. Both artists recall being out of it and Tom Shipley kept saying he was one toke over the line. That was the inspiration for the tune.

The duo only had this song that reached the top 40 and peaked at #10 in the US, #5 in Canada and #7 in New Zealand. The song is on their album "Tarkio".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A/Db, Bm, Bm/B, A7, D7, E7
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19. Peace love And Brilliant Colors - Michael McDermott

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Peace Love And Brilliant Colors is a track from Michael McDerott which can be found on his 2022 album St Paul's Boulevard.

The track was never released as a single.

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20. Pennsylvania Sunrise - David Mallett

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Pennsylvania Sunrise is the title track from David's 1979 album of the same name.

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a little blended in the rhythm
  • Chords: D, Em, A7, G, D/Gb, Db, Bm, A
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21. Please Come To Boston - Dave Loggins

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Please Come To Boston was Dave Loggins only big song which hit #1 in the US and #4 in Canada back in 1974.

This song hails from the album Apprentice. He charted a sone called Someday from this same album at #57 and a third song in 1979 called Pieces Of April at #22.

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22. Sailing - Christopher Cross

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Sailing was a debut song from the album "Christopher Cross" and hit the airwaves in the summer of 1980. The song was almost not released as a single but when it did, it hit #1 in the US. It also won a Grammy and other awards.

The song was also a #1 in Canada and a top 40 in several other countries.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No but a few riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords: Bm, Gbm, Dbm, E, A, F, G, D#, E#, C, Ab. A#
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23. Sebastian - Noel Paul Stookey

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Sebastian is a song released in 1971 after the breakup of Peter, Paul and Mary. There is an album of 5 songs out there called "Paul And" which contains this track.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root 2-3 up down up works best for this one
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: - G, Am, D, C, C/G, G/F, G/E, Cm, Eb6, Gdim, Am7, D/Gb, E7, Gmaj7
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24. She Burns - Foy Vance

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She Burns is a 2016 song from the album "The Wild Swan" which is the 3rd album from Northern Ireland musician Foy Vance. Elton John produced this album and many say this song, She Burns, could have been a Springsteen composition.

I don't believe this song was ever a single release.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: downstrokes with accents
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Am, C, G, F
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25. Somewhere In Time - David Mallett

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26. Speeches - Walk Off The Earth

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Speeches was never released as a single.

It appears on the bands 2013 album "R.E.V.O".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat in a fast pace - be ready for a slow down
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Am, C, G, Dm, F, Am/C, Am/B, Am/G
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27. Stonewall - David Olney

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Stonewall is from a 2003 album by David Olney entitled "The Wheel". Onley had several of his songs recorded by big name entertainers including Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt and others.

This song was never released as a single to my knowledge.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up bass down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, D, G
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28. Sunshine - Jonathan Edwards

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Sunshine was Jonathan Edwards' highest charting song reaching #4 in the US, #7 in Canada and #45 in Australia. The engineer accidentally erased a a song for the album called Please Find Me.

So Sunshine was used to finish the album and was selected as the single. It's from his debut album "Jonathan Edwards" from 1971.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, D, F, D7
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29.  The Colours - The Men They Couldn't Hang

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The Colours is a track from the bands 1988 album "Waiting For Bonaparte". 

The song was a popular concert tune but I'm not sure if it was ever a single release.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A
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30. The Time Of Times - Badly Drawn Boy

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The Time Of Times was released as a bonus track in 2008 on their DVD and this song appeared in the closing of the film "Definitely Maybe".

The song is from the album "Bork In The U.K."

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down down up down down and repeat
  • Picking: just a riff in the rhythm
  • Chords: E, A, B
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31. Torn Screen Door - David Francy

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Torn Screen Door is a track from David Francey's debut album from 1999 entitled Torn Screen Door.

I don't believe the song was ever released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: a steady down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, Em
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32. Wait Up - Uncle Tupelo

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Wait Up was never released as a single to my knowledge.

The track is from the album titled "March 16-20, 1992".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat in a fast pace
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: A, A/B, D
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33. Welcome Back - John Sebastian

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Welcome Back was released in 1976 by the front man for The Lovin Spoonful, John Sebastian who wrote and recorded this song. It appeared as the theme song for the TV show Welcome Back Kotter.

The song peaked at #1 in the US and is from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up with a few shuffle strums
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, A, D, Em, A7sus, A7, Gbm, B7, Esus, E
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34. When The Night Came & Took Us - Hayden

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When The Night Came And Took Us is from Hayden's 2009 album, The Place Where We Lived, which was his 6th album.

I don't believe the song was ever released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords: C, Dm, Em, Fmaj7, G6, F, D
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35. Yes I Can - Valdy

Yes I Can was a single release back in 1976 and peaked at #12 in Canada.

The track hails from the album "Valdy And The Hometown Band".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Am, F, Dm, G, A7sus, Em
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