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The Best Websites to Do an Old Song Lyrics Search and We Mean Old

written by: Kumara Velu•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 1/22/2011

Looking for lyrics of really old songs over the Internet could be a tedious task. This article will help you save time and effort by pointing you to websites where you can easily undertake old song lyrics search.

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    This article will point you to some useful resources where you could undertake old songs lyrics search without tears. To get started, take a look at the sites explored in the paragraphs below.

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    19th and 20th Century Old Song Lyrics Search

    At traditionalmusic.co.uk, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to old song lyrics search. Under the category of old time (old-timey song lyrics), you will find up to 900 old time song lyrics. Most of them are popular songs and the folk variety from the 19th and early 20th century. As you would have guessed, the majority of them are of the romantic type. However, there are old song lyrics that explore the meaning of life with a bias towards Christian values.

    A complete list of the songs is provided at the website through which you can then search for song lyrics alphabetically.

    Another category worth noting here is the American Old-Time Song lyrics category. You can avail yourself of music hall, vaudeville, Irish, sentimental and inspirational old numbers derived from Wehman’s Universal Songster which has a complete collection of 61 volumes with about 5000 song lyrics.

    They are extracted from the 61 sets of songbooks released quarterly between 1884 and 1899 by the Henry J. Wehman publishing company of New York and Chicago. If really old song lyrics are your cup of tea, you shouldn’t give this site a miss.

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    World War 2 Old Song Lyrics Search

    If you’re looking for old songs lyrics from the World War 2 era or earlier, jilldaniels.com is an excellent site to visit. You can find lyrics for such songs as Doing the Lambeth Walk by Noel Gay (1937), I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside 1909 and We’ll Meet Again (1939) sung by Vera Lynn (We'll meet again, don't know where, Don't know when, but I know we'll meet again some sunny day. Keep smiling through, Just like you always do, Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away).

    Nostalgia is the name of the game here. For those who had lived in the World War II era, the lyrics found over this website will shuttle you down memory lane.

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    Popular Old Song Lyrics Search

    If lyrics of old songs sung by popular singers of the past era are your cup of tea, then the guitar guy site should be your first stop. Here you could find songs belted out by such greats as Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Nat King Cole and even Shirley Temple.

    You will find lyrics for songs such as A Fine Romance by Fred Astaire (1936), A Cottage for Sale by Nat King Cole (1947), Like Being in Love by Frank Sinatra and Honeysuckle Rose by Fats Walker (1929), not to mention super hits of the 50s and 60s.

    If you are a guitar player, you’ll also welcome the chords provided with the lyrics.

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    Early 20th Century Old Song Lyrics Search

    If you are looking for song lyrics from as early as 1900, Halcyon Days Music will not disappoint you. Lyrics of vintage songs from the 1900s, 1910s and 1920s are available for perusal at this site.

    The webmaster has even taken the trouble to provide cover art albums to accompany the lyrics. The cover art you see here is from the I Wants to Be the Leadin’ Lady (1901) album. What’s more, you even get to hear the song online to get a feel of how the lyrics were sung.

    This site is a wonderful find and kudos to the webmaster who has painstakingly gathered these rare gems.

    You may uncover other useful sites when you undertake an old song lyrics search. For the time being you can set the ball rolling with the sites explored above.