It can be hard to figure out the lyrics to old blues songs, so we're posting all the lead sheets we've written up, as a public service and a thank you to all who have posted their own transcriptions on the Internet. These lead sheets don't always match the original recordings and don't even always match what we play … but they should send you in the right direction.

Note: Italics in the lyrics means we're guessing (except for when it means a background vocal part). If you have suggestions for these missing pieces, please contact us!

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Title Artist (cover artist)
A Chicken Ain't Nothing But a Bird Louis Jordan
Adam and Eve In the Garden “Bogus” Ben Covington
Against the Law Woody Guthrie (Billie Bragg and Wilco)
Always In Love With You Charlie McCoy
Aunt Caroline Dye Memphis Jug Band
Banjoreno Dixieland Jug Blowers
Better Leave That Stuff Alone Will Shade
Black Betty Leadbelly
Blues In a Bottle Prince Albert Hunt
Bottle It Up and Go Memphis Jug Band
Cakewalk Into Town Taj Mahal
Chicken You Can Roost Behind the Moon Frank Stokes
Cocaine Habit Memphis Jug Band
Come On In The Harum Scarums (The Second Fiddles)
Corrine Corrina (sic) Bo Chatmon and Charlie McCoy
Death Letter Blues Son House
Down Home In Kentuck Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon
Foldin' Bed Whistler’s Jug Band
Fried Pie Blues Curley Weaver
Get It from Behind Memphis Jug Band
Get It from the Front Memphis Jug Band
Honey Pie The Beatles
How Long Blues Leroy Carr
I Ain't Gonna Marry Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band with Maria Muldaur
I Got Mine Frank Stokes
I'm All Right Now Big Joe and His Rhythm
If You Take Me Back Big Joe and His Washboard Band
If You're a Viper Stuff Smith (Lorraine Walton)
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby Louis Jordan
Last Time Blues Charlie McCoy
Let the Good Times Roll Louis Jordan
Let's Get Drunk and Truck Tampa Red (Harlem Hamfats)
Move That Thing Memphis Jug Band
Newport News Blues Memphis Jug Band
Papa's Got Your Bathwater On Memphis Jug Band
Pencil Full of Lead Paolo Nutini
Save Me Some Palooka Washboard Band
Skoodle Um Skoo Papa Charlie Jackson
Sleepwalk Santo & Johnny
Stingy Woman Blues Memphis Jug Band
Sunset Waltz Charlie McCoy
Tappin' That Thing James “Yank” Rachell
That Hand You Tried To Deal Me Memphis Jug Band
That Lonesome Train Charlie McCoy
The Dirty Dozen Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon
This Is the Life “Weird Al” Yankovic
Tobias and Keechungus Polk Miller’s Old Southern Quartet
Uncle Bud Tampa Red and Georgia Tom
Vicksburg Stomp Charlie McCoy
Who Done It Harlem Hamfats
Who Pumped the Wind In My Doughnut Johnny Wilson (Washboard Sam)
Whoa, Mule Get Up In the Alley Cannon's Jug Stompers (Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band)
Won't You Be Kind To Me Hattie Hart with the Memphis Jug Band
Won't You Ride With Me Tonight Cat Porter and Will Shade
Yes She Do, No She Don't California Ramblers (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
You Drink Too Much Harlem Hamfats
Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine Papa Charlie Jackson