Song Book

Worth the Singin'

"Get this song book. It belongs in your library. It belongs on your music stand, because it's more than a collection of songs ..." (Victory Music Reviews)

Worth The Singin' - the Tom Lewis Songbook
Self-Propelled Music. ISBN: 978-0-981033-0-8

Songbook price: 50 plus shipping from Ireland. Please contact Tom for full cost. We have VERY few physical copies remaining but you can......

Purchase this (US$ 17.50) as a Digital Download from Bandcamp. You will receive a PDF of the songbook, plus a songclip of each of the 43 songs included.

Having decided that 1000 sold copies was sufficient - it appears Tom was mistaken! His songbook, originally produced after many suggestions and requests, too many years of cogitation, and copious bucketfuls of (virtual) sweat, was to have been retired this year. However, market forces prevailed, and he has bowed to numerous requests for a further print run - although, in consideration of his advancing years (we have just had a brilliant celebration of his 80th birthday) and not wishing to burden his daughter with too much to dispose of when he shuffles off this mortal coil - only 50 more have been commissioned. All of Tom's compositions are included, having persuaded the wonderful Ed Wilson to dust off his copy of Finale PrintMusic and provide the musical notation to the latest song, 'A Shanty for Singin' .

Worth the Singin' encompasses the music and lyrics to all of Tom's original songs, plus those songs which have either his lyrics or melodies; in whole or in part; totalling 43 songs and one lonely little poem.

The package is 113 pages, in 8.5 X 11 format, to accommodate text fonts which should not tax aging eyesight; and (insofar as possible) with musical notation and lyric of each piece on facing pages. The high-quality wire binding enables the book to conveniently lie flat, and the thicker pages and covers facilitate it standing upright where required. Those covers are laminated and glossy, the better to withstand the depredations of slopping tankards and beer-soaked pub tables.

Each song is accompanied by some drivel (let's call it "commentary", shall we?), mostly pertaining to the relevant piece, at least loosely even if the relevance may not be immediately apparent to the casual glance!

Worth the
        Singin' Songclips

The musical notations were achieved using Finale PrintMusic and the assistance of a 'bona fide' professionally qualified musician. Tom's intention has been to make them clear and (for the most part) un-sophisticated. You'll find simple chord notations where appropriate.

For the un-tutored musician (like Tom!) each book comes with a professionally manufactured (43 tracks) CD containing at least the first verse and chorus of each song.

Supplementary pages detail some information and comment in respect of 53 other songs, to be heard on Tom's recordings the traditional, the borrowed and the stolen.