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Rise Up Singing

Rise Up Singing is our best-selling group singing songbook, which has sold 100's of thousands of copies since its release in 1988. It has helped to create a quiet renaissance of group singing in North America.


We deeply appreciate folks who support our work by ordering our books directly from us rather than through a national online service such as Amazon (even if the price may be a bit lower). We receive very little compensation when our books are purchased elsewhere. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING MUSICIANS AND SMALL BOOKSTORES / MUSIC STORES!!!

Contains the words & guitar chords to 1200 songs from a wide variety of genres from Beatles to ballads, and Bob Dylan to Broadway, from campfire favoites to gospel & Hebrew folksongs. Originally developed for group singing by Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, this well loved songbook is also used by musicians (professional and lay alike) around the world as a fakebook and resource book. Quick access to lyrics, chords and authorship/copyright information on songs makes it a must have for anyone that uses music in their life. Since its publication by Sing Out in 1988 it has sold around a million copies. 

Note: Rise Up Singing does NOT include notation of the songs' melodies (with the exception of the two sections on rounds), meaning that users must either know the tune, find a recording (liner notes under each song give resources for this), or learn songs from each other in song circles or singalongs. Rise Up Singing was first published in 1988 by Sing Out!. It is edited by us, Annie Patterson and Peter Blood! Songs are arranged by category: there are 35 different categories arranged in alphabetical order, plus artist, subject, title, culture, holiday and musicals indices.

There are nearly a million copies in print.  It's used for group singing in monthly singalongs (US, Canada, Russia, China, etc), homes, churches, synagogues, schools, camps, and on picket lines around the world. Many teachers find our songbook a helpful classroom resource and people in general also like to use Rise Up Singing for their own personal use. Having song lyrics and chords for 1200 songs from a wide variety of genres gives them easy access to many of their favorites songs. Performers often carry a copy in their gig bag.

Learn about:

  • The history of how the book came into being
  • The book's unique format, layout & indexing
  • The set of 20 teaching disks that contain tunes to all 1200 songs in the book
  • The book's creators, Peter Blood & Annie Patterson
  • Pete Seeger's role in the book
  • Buy copies in either standard 7x10 or the larger 9x12 format. Bulk discount is available for 5 or more copies. NOTE: The 7x10 size format RUS is currently unavailable in box quantity but will be available again around Sept 15 or so.
  • Are you using Rise Up Singing in your singalong group, faith congregation, school or for a party? Save even more by buying Rise Up Singing by the box!
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