Online Lyric and Libretti Sites
Compiled by Erin Mayhood and Margaret Chevian
Judy and David's Online Songbook - http://judyanddavid.com/Songbook/Songbookcover.html Contains lyrics to traditional children's songs as well as original compositions by Judy and David, recipients of the 2002 SOCAN Award for Children's Music. KIDiddles - http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/ A strong collection of children's lyrics with midi available for many songs. Songs are searchable by title, subject or keyword. Mama Lisa's World - http://www.mamalisa.com/world/ Lyrics to nursery rhymes and songs sung by or to children in countries around the world listed by country. Lyrics are written first in their original language followed by an English translation.
Aria Database - http://www.aria-database.com/ A collection of texts and translations to over 1,000 operatic arias, maintained by Robert Glaubitz. Includes information on setting, range, and available recordings. Lied and Song Texts Page - http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/ A free web archive of the texts to over fifteen thousand song in over thirty languages with thousands of translations. Recently the site has added texts to choral works, madrigals and partsongs. Songs are indexed by composer, poet, first line, title, language and song cycle. Public-Domain Opera Libretti and Other Vocal Texts http://opera.stanford.edu/iu/librettim.html An online directory to web sites posting opera libretti and vocal texts. Compiled by Lyle K. Neff
Digital Tradition Folk Music Database - http://www.mudcat.org/threads.cfm Specializing in folk music and blues, the Digital Tradition Folk Music Database contains the words and music to over 8,900 folk songs. These songs have been collected over the last six years by Dick Greenhaus and friends. The database is text searchable and browsable. Folk Music of England, Scotland, Wales and America http://www.contemplator.com/bycount.html Most of the songs on this site are considered folk music from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America. All songs are circa 1600 to 1922and are organized by country or subject. Folk songs of Various Countries - http://ingeb.org/home.html Folk songs are organized by country and subject. Subject coverage includes WWII, Sea Songs, Nursery Rhymes, and Kinderlieder.
World Anthem Database - http://www.geocities.com/olusegunyayi/ Anthems are organized alphabetically by country.
American Song Lyrics - http://www.lib.duke.edu/music/asl.html These lyrics are selected from the sheet music collection in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library of Duke University. The bulk of the collection is from about 1830 to 1930 and was published in the United States. American Popular Music Before 1900 - http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/music-1.html A chronological subject guide to American popular music before 1900 prepared by the Kingwood College Library. Leo's Lyrics - http://www.leoslyrics.com/ Over 80,000 popular music lyrics are browsable by title, song name or album. You may also search by artist, title or keyword within the song lyrics.
Anglican Online Hymnal - http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/ Contains texts and MIDI files of tunes used in much of the English-speaking world, with particular emphasis on the Anglican tradition. Currently, fifty-two Anglican hymnals from the past 140 years have been indexed. These 52 hymnals contain nearly seven thousand distinct texts and over eighteen thousand text/tune combinations. Cyber Hymnal - http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ This site has over 4,700 Christian hymns & Gospel songs from many denominations. You can search for lyrics, scores, MIDI files, pictures, and history of songs by title, scripture allusions, people, countries, and meter. Presbyterian Psalter of 1887 - http://www.cgmusic.com/workshop/presby_1887_frame.htm Full text of the Psalter of the United Presbyterian Church of North America with Music. Pittsburgh: United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1887.