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Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook [Spiral-bound]

Peter Blood
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Sept. 1 2000
If you like to sing with friends, this is the book you've always wanted. Most people know the tunes to hundreds of songs, but know the words to only a few.

At camp or school, church or union hall, by campfire or in your living room, you will never run out of sons to sing with this book. Songs are quick and easy to locate: they appear in alphabetical order within chapter groupings like lullabies, love songs, sea songs, and "Spirituals."

From ballads to Beatles, Bob Dylan to Broadway, here are the words, all in one place, to the songs you've loved in the past--with many more to learn from friends in the future.

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"This is the best, most exhilarating and glorious history of the United States: a singing history. It is more than a lovely songbook—it's a play-work-fight-freedom hymnal."  —Studs Terkel, author, Hope Dies Last

"Singing improves the quality of life, making us feel better, stronger, wiser. Here are several hundred songs to get started on!"  —Holly Near, author, Fire in the Rain
--This text refers to an alternate Spiral-bound edition.

About the Author

Peter Blood and Annie Patterson have over 25 years of experience in song-leading at conferences and gatherings using Rise Up Singing throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. They both live in Cheney, Pennsylvania.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Song Book Around July 11 2002
This collection includes all the old favorites, as well as the songs of the labor and civil rights struggles. It is indespensible for anyone who sings along or with groups. Easy guitar chords. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my very favorites Jan. 11 2004
When I first came across the first edition, at the Philly FOlk Fest, I literally jumped up and down in excitement. They were sold out and while we waited for a new supply to arrive a friend and I sang our way through the sample book. I had to buy the second edition a few years ago because my original copy was falling apart, quite literally. (But I still have it; couldn't bear to throw it away.) The second ed adds a much-needed songwriter index.
You couldn't play the songs in this book if you don't already know the tune, since only chords are listed for most songs. On the other hand I can't open to any page without finding songs I know (and usually, love). Many of these are songs you won't find in other songbooks. All are singable. Included songs run the gamut of folk music (and that includes trad, Celtic and other ethnicities, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, and on and on) as well as Motown, Tin Pan Alley, a few showtunes, and more. When I first came across the first edition, at the Philly FOlk Fest, I literally jumped up and down in excitement. They were sold out and while we waited for a new supply to arrive a friend and I sang our way through the sample book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential! May 16 2002
We have two copies in our household and plan to buy more. Make sure you get the spiral-bound version, though, because that holds up to actual use much better than the other one.
This is the best book I've ever seen for singalongs, jam sessions, etc. There are songs in it that I've never heard, but that's because there are SO many songs! And I do wish that they'd put out a version (I know it would have to be several volumes) with at least the melody line for each song, but I understand the decision to just have the words and chords for most of the songs. The indices - by topic and performer - are very helpful. I found myself wishing for another index by time period last teek, though.
I'm told that a new collection, Rise Up Singing II, I suppose, is in the works. I hope so! This one is getting a little dated (how relevant are most of the 60's protest songs today?) but is still a marvelous resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must-Have" for any gathering! May 3 2002
By A Customer
Because Rise Up covers so many different subject, culture, and difficulty levels all in one text, I give this collection my highest regard!The spiral binding makes it very easy to read from, and the chords are (generally) quite easy to follow, even with only a basic working knowledge of a song. I especially enjoy the kid's songs, many of which I remember singing at an older relative's knee! I recommend owning multiple copies, so that you can share at any gathering!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Caution fro Buyers of This Book Aug. 28 1998
By A Customer
The folks who put this together have really done a tremendous amount of work, and if this is your style of music, you cannot help but be satisfied. This book is quite comprehensive of a certain style, but use caution if you are looking for many traditional songs, or if you have much reverence for your country or its heritage. For example, the section on songs about America has as many that are derisive of the American people as are praising. The section on Men consists chiefly of songs like "Let the Woman in You Come Through" and other sophomoric satires of male values. You will not find the traditional "Red Wing", but you will find "Union Maid" which used the same tune a century later. You will not find "May the Circle be Unbroken", but you will find a parody of it. "Battle Hymn of the Republic" is too obscure to be included, but ever-popular "The Battle Hymn of Women" is here. If you are not comfortable with these substitutions, you may wish to steer clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A vast number of singable songs Dec 23 2013
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From folk tunes to spirituals to showtunes. It's all there. Easy to read. It is a good resource for singers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rise Up Singing April 1 2014
By janet
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This is a stupendous volume. It arrived in pristine condition, and I am thrilled. Too bad it seems to be out of print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my reviews March 14 2014
By robin
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I don't have the time to tell you how I feel about all my purchases. I loved everything except the Ray Charles - I've heard better cds which he has done.
enough words? enough words? enough words?
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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive and easy to use
This contains many, many songs and provides lots of information about the sources it is a very useful tool. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Allchin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great song book! Great price on amazon.ca!
I have been wanting this song book since I was first introduced to it 20 years ago! Finally, decided to take the plunge and am very satisfied I did so! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Beth
4.0 out of 5 stars Sing in Spite of Yourself
this is the music book for want to be singers and ( hopefully) the friends gathered with their guitars and Ukeleles. I have used it that way numerous times. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth Gratton
5.0 out of 5 stars Best song book
Such an amazing collection of song favorites. Keeps people singing together at home, at camp, at church, around the campfire, just about anywhere. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Evelyn Schmitz-Hertzberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for the Occupy Movement
This book contains all kinds of great songs we can sing at demonstrations.

Singing is one of the most empowering and inspiring activities we can engage in as a group,... Read more
Published on March 27 2012 by Dianave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great campfire book
I had a couple "gigs" lined up to play at campfires for kids, family, etc. Though I am reasonably accomplished and play guitar in a band - I had no suitable material! Read more
Published on June 9 2011 by mharker
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best
I bought 3 copies of this book a few years ago and have given them all away so now I have bought another one for myself. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2009 by Queen of Kingfisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all to everyone but I *love* it.
With knowledge of most basic chords and a fondness for folky music (traditional & revival + related - old English/Irish, spirituals, 60s-70s pop) I'll page through for hours... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by John Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible & a classic
This book has to be experienced to be believed. Compressing 1200 songs into less than 300 pages, it is a masterpiece of concise musical reference. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Joe Meadows
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