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Fun Folk Songs To Sing
On The Acoustic

Guitar Chords For Folk Songs

Welcome to my fun folk songs to sing page where below you'll find 30+ great folk songs to learn on the acoustic. But don't stop there. See the entire collection of 

folk songs in this folk category. There are hundreds of free guitar demos, chord sheets, rhythm tips and more. 

Artists on this page:
Arlo Guthrie - Avett Brothers
Blaze Foley
Chris De Burgh - Damien Rice
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Gram Parsons
Jack Johnson - Jose Feliciano
Kenny Loggins - Lyle Lovett
M. Ward - Steve Goodman

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Fun Folk Songs To Sing
Chords, Lyrics, Demos, Tutorials

1. A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris DeBurgh

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A Spaceman Came Travelling was a single from Chris De Burghs 1975 album Spanish Train And Other Stories.

The single peaked at #1 in Ireland.

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2. Alone Again Naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan

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Alone Again Naturally was a single from 1972 released by Gilbert O'Sullivan from his Back To Front album.

The song hit #1 in the US, Canada and France and reached #2 in Australia.

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3. Borderline - Chris DeBurgh

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Borderline was a 1982 single from Chris Deburgh from his album The Getaway.

The single reached #12 in Ireland.

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4. Breakdown - Jack Johnson

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Breakdown hails from Jack Johnson's 2005 album In Between Dreams.

The song peaked at #2 in the US.

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5. Cannonball - Damien Rice

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Cannonball was a single from the O debut album from Damien Rice back in 2002.

The song reached #9 in the UK and #13 in Ireland. The song was re-released several times.

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6. Chico And The Man - Jose Feliciano

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Chico And The Man was the theme song for the TV show of the same name and was released as a single in 1975. The song peaked at #96 in the US and #76 in Brazil.

It was put on a 2004 compilation as far as I can tell with 10 other songs.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: a steady down up down up
  • Picking: a few riffs blended into the rhythm
  • Chords: A5, Dmaj7, E7, Dbm, Gb, Bm, E7, Gbm, G
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7. Clay Pigeons - Blaze Foley

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Clay Pigeons is a track found on Blaze Foley's 1989 album Live At The Austin Outhouse.

This is one of his most well known songs.

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8. Danny's Song - Kenny Loggins 

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Danny's Song was written by Kenny Loggins for his brother Danny and the birth of his son Colin.

The track appeared on Loggins and Messin's debut album Sittin In back in 1971. Anne Murray also had a hit with her version in 1972.

Loggins and Messina never released the song as a single but it received tons of airplay and has become one of their best known songs. 

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9. Don't Pay The Ferryman - Chris Deburgh

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Don't Pay The Ferryman was one of five singles from DeBurgh's 1982 album called The Getaway.

This was the highest charting of the five singles peaking at #5 in Australia, #9 in Ireland and #34 in the US.

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10. February Seven - Avett Brothers

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February Seven is a track from the Avett Brothers 2011 album The Carpenter.

The song was released as a single and peaked at #10 in the US.

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11. Footloose - Kenny Loggins

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Footloose was by far Kenny Loggins most successful single releases when it hit the airwaves in 1984. It was also the soundtrack for the movie of the same name and hails from the album of the same name.

The song was a #1 in four countries including the US and a top 10 in two others.

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12. Good People - Jack Johnson

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Good People is also a track from the 2005 album In Between Dreams from Jack Johnson.

This track is a protest song but has a positive vibe. The song hit #1 in the US.

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13. Heartlight - Kenny Loggins

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Heartlight a.k.a. Welcome To Heartlight was released as a single from Kenny's 1882 album High Adventure.

The song reached #24 in the US and #37 in Canada.

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14. Hitchcock Railway - Jose Feliciano

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Hitchcock Railway is from Jose Feliciano's 1968 album Souled.

It was released as a single and reached #77 in the US.

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15. House At Pooh Corner - Kenny Loggins

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House At Pooh Corner was not released as a single when it appeared on the Loggins And Messina debut album Sittin' In, from 1971.

The song was written after a children's book by the same name. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also recorded the song in 1970 for one of their albums.

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16. If I Could Fly - Blaze Foley

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If I Could Only Fly is a track found on the 1989 album by Blaze Foley entitled Live At The Austin Outhouse.

Foley was shot to death that same year at the age of 39.

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17. If I Had A Boat - Lyle Lovett

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If I Had A Boat was released as one of five singles from Lyle Lovett's 1988 album Pontiac.

The number peaked at #66 on the US country charts.

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18. Lady In Red - Chris Deburgh

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Lady In Red was Chris De Burghs most successful single when it was released as a single back in 1986.

The song hit #1 in several countries and was a top 10 in a few others.

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19. Laundry Room - Avett Brothers

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Laundry Room is a track found on The Avett Brothers 2009 album called I And Love And You.

Four singles were released from the album but this number was not one of the releases.

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20. Last To Leave - Arlo Guthrie

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Last To Leave appears on Arlo Guthrie's 1974 album titled Arlo Guthrie.

The song was never released as a single.

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21. Oklahoma Hills - Arlo Guthrie

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Oklahoma Hills was a Woody Guthrie song and in 1945 became a hit when Jack Guthrie (Woody's cousin), re-wrote the song. Arlo Guthrie recorded his version for his 1969 album Running Down The Road.

He never released the song as a single.

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22. One - Damien Rice

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One (a U2 song) was covered by Damien Rice for a movie called The Impossible.

I can find little information about the film except that this song apparently appeared on that soundtrack.

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23. Private Conversation - Lyle Lovett

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Private Conversation is a single from Lyle's 1996 album The Road To Ensenada.

The song peaked at #72 and #12 on two different US charts.

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24. Seven Bridges - Chris De Burgh

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Seven Bridges is a track from DeBurgh's 2011 album Footsteps 2.

The track however was never released as a single.

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25. Sin City - Gram Parsons

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Sin City is a song co-written by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, both of whom were members of The Byrds in the late 1960s. Both left and formed the group The Flying Burrito Brothers and that's

when this song was recorded for their first album The Gilded Place Of Sin released in 1969.

The song was never released as a single.

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26. St James Infirmary - Arlo Guthrie

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St James Infirmary is a tune from New Orleans that Arlo Guthrie put on a Live album from 2007 called In Times Like These.

To my knowledge he never released the song as a single but played it often in concert tours.

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27. Streets Of Baltimore - Gram Parsons

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Streets Of Baltimore is a 1966 song written by Tompall Glaser and Harlan Howard which has been covered by many artists. Gram Parsons decided to put his version on his 1973 debut album GP.

Emmylou Harris also sang on this track and album. The song was never released as a single by Gram Parsons. This album was released in Jan 1973 and Gram Parsons overdosed in Sep 1973 at the age of 26.

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28. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over - Steve Goodman

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The 20th Century Is Almost Over is a track from the 1977 album Say It In Private. Steve said he was inspired from a calendar he received from an insurance agent.

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C, D
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29. Til The Ends Meet - Kenny Loggins

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Til The Ends Meet is a track from the 1972 album Loggins And Messina.

The song was never released as a single.

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30. Victims Of Life - Avett Brothers

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Victims Of Life is a track found on The Avett Brothers 2016 album called True Sadness.

They released three singles from the album but this song never made the cut.

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31. Vincent O'Brien - M Ward

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Vincent O'Brien is a track from the 2003 album by M Ward entitled Transfiguration Of Vincent.

The song was never released as a single.

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32. Volcano - Damien Rice

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Volcano was a single released by Damien Rice from his debut album O in 2002.

The song charted both in the UK and Ireland at #29.

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33. Watching The River Run - Kenny Loggins

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Watching The River Run is a track from the 1973 album Full Sail by Loggins And Messina.

The song was released in 1974 as a single and charted at #71, #41 and #36 in the US on three separate charts.

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34. You Are You - Gilbert O'Sullivan

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You Are You appears on the 1986 album The Very Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan.

The song was released as a single back in 1975 and reached #17 in the US and #53 in the UK.

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35. Your Mama Don't Dance - Kenny Loggins

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Your Mama Don't Dance was a 1972 hit for Loggins And Messina when it was released as a single from their album Loggins And Messina.

The song hit #4 on the US Pop chart and #19 on the Easy Listening chart.

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