Words to many songs can be found using quotation dictionaries and poetry indexes. If the song indexes don't work, try the song as a quote or poem. Many songs share the same title or very similar titles. It helps to get as many lines from the patron as possible. First lines are especially valuable since many song are indexed by first lines, but not other lines of the songs.

Try alternate spellings of common words like "Oh". It may be under "O", for example.

"Fake books" can be extremely useful in libraries. They are anthologies of popular songs but give only brief musical arrangements and often only one or two verses. They may include hundreds of the most popular songs but because of their brevity some patrons prefer not to use them.

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This page was updated December 6, 2003.