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Old-Time Gospel Songbook

By Wayne Erbsen

Acoustic instruments - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Wayne Erbsen. Squareback saddle stitch, Style, Songbooks, Gospel/Sacred. Native Ground Music. Gospel-Old Time. Book. 80 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #95033. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95033).

Item Number: MB.95033

ISBN 9781562229832. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Southern gospel classics that will warm your heart, fill your soul, and even get your toes to tapping. Most of these religious songs come from American soil, but the imagery of the poetry, and some of the twists and turns of the melodies have been borrowed from unknown songwriters in ancient times and foreign lands. The book includes a historical survey of the roots of gospel music--shape-note hymns, religious folk songs, camp meeting spirituals, and sentimental religious songs. All songs are in melody form with lyrics and guitar chords.

  • Amazing Grace  Performed by Words: John Newton
  • How Beautiful Heaven Must Be  Performed by A.P. Bland, Mrs. A.S. Bridgewater
  • On The Sea Of Life  Performed by T.S. Sloan, Words: George W. Sebren
  • Are You Washed In The Blood?  Performed by Rev. E.A. Hoffman
  • Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me  Performed by John E. Gould, Words: Edward Hopper
  • Angel Band (Bluegrass Version)  Performed by William Batchelder Bradbury, Words: Jefferson Hasc
  • If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again  Performed by J.W. Vaughan, Words: James Rowe
  • Life's Railway to Heaven  Performed by Charles D. Tillman, Words: M.E. Abbey
  • The Unclouded Day  Performed by Rev. J.K. Alwood
  • I Will Arise 
  • Keep On The Sunny Side of Life   Performed by J. Howard Entwisle, Words: Ada Blenkhorn
  • Kneel At the Cross  Performed by Charles E. Moody
  • As I Went Down In The Valley To Pray 
  • I Will Never Turn Back   Performed by R.N. Graham
  • Poor Wayfaring Stranger 
  • Precious Memories  Performed by J.B.F. Wright
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 
  • Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan?  
  • Drifting Too Far From the Shore  Performed by Charles E. Moody
  • Hallelujah, We Shall Rise  Performed by J.E. Thomas
  • Angel Band  Performed by William Batchelder Bradbury, Words: Jefferson Hasc
  • I Have Found A Way  Performed by Adger M. Pace, Words: Rev. L.E. Green
  • Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John 
  • We Are Going Down the Valley  Performed by J.H. Fillmore, Jessie Brown Pounds
  • When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder  Performed by J.M. Black
  • Where We'll Never Grow Old  Performed by James C. Moore
  • Deep Settled Peace  Performed by Kate Sturgill Peters
  • Lord, I'm Coming Home  Performed by William J. Kirkpatrick
  • Shall We Gather at the River?  Performed by Robert Lowry
  • The Glory-Land Way   Performed by J.S. Torbett
  • Old-Time Religion 
  • Rock Of Ages  Performed by Thomas Hastings, Words: Augustus M. Toplady
  • Death Is Only A Dream   Performed by A.J. Buchanan, Words: C.W. Ray
  • He Will Set Your Fields On Fire  Performed by Mrs L.L. Brackett, H.M. Ballew
  • I'll Be No Stranger There   Performed by A.B. Sebren, J.H. Alcon
  • Leaning on the Everlasting Arms  Performed by Anthony J. Showalter, Elish A. Hoffman
  • Oh, Those Tombs  Performed by William M. Golden
  • Palms of Victory  Performed by John B. Matthias
  • The Hallelujah Side  Performed by J. Howard Entwisle, Rev. Johnson Oatman Jr
  • When They Ring The Golden Bells  Performed by Dion Demarbell
  • Will There Be Any Stars?  Performed by John R. Sweeney, Words: E.E. Hewitt
  • Give Me The Roses Now   Performed by R.H. Cornelius & James Rowe
  • Hand In Hand With Jesus  Performed by L.D. Huffstutler, Rev. Johnson Oatman Jr
  • I Feel Like Traveling On  Performed by William Hunter D.D.
  • Methodist Pie  
  • Our Meeting Is Over  
  • Pass Me Not  Performed by William H. Doane, Words: Fanny J. Crosby
  • A Beautiful Life 
  • Hold to God's Unchanging Hand  Performed by F.L. Eiland, Words: Jennie Wilson
  • Shake Hands With Mother Again  Performed by W.A. Berry
  • The Church In The Wildwood  Performed by William S. Pitts
  • Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies  Performed by William M. Golden
  • Just A Closer Walk With Thee 
  • Just Over In The Gloryland  Performed by James W. Acuff & Emmett S. Dean
  • We Shall Meet Some Day   Performed by Tillit S. Teddie
  • We'll Understand It Better By And By  Performed by Charles A. Tindley
  • Wondrous Love  Performed by John R. Sweeney, Words: E.E. Hewitt
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Sherwood, AR
    Difficulty Level:
    Not sure
  • June 18, 2008 Old-Time enjoyment

    What a treat! It was a great joy to discover the history of some of the gospel songs. I have sung "Amazing Grace" all my life but its interesting background was news to me. Thanks!

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  • 5

    Jack Hale
    Winder, Georgia (near Atlanta)
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • October 24, 2007 Review of Mel Bay's Old Time Gospel Songbook

    The book is perfect for me as I am arranging several of the songs for a men's gospel quartet. The book has the melody line along with chord notation, which fits my uses perfectly.

    17 of 37 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Jack Brainerd, Veritable Violins
    Boulder, Co.
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • March 05, 2007 Old Time Gospel Song Book

    Any one who is working in first position can easily play these songs. The format is easily readable. The brief little history of each song is really interesting! I consider myself a hard working beginner but I can easily play these songs!

    16 of 29 people found this review helpful.
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