Song Book – I’ve been working on the the Deadstein songbook for what seems like my entire adult life.  It contains most of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia repertoire so I’ve been calling it the Jerry Garcia Song Book, and it is now in about it’s 5th addition in print.  Print versions are archived here online in our Deadstein blog.

For access to the songbook’s individual song PDF’s in an online database, go to the Deadstein’s website at:

In addition to the PDFs from the songbook, there is an ever expanding list of other band’s songs charted out which are not related directly to Jerry Garcia.  Additionally, provided are links to Youtube videos of the various songs as well as musics lessons when they can be located.  Finally there is:

  • a Filtered Song Randomizer used to help bands select songs during a set (best used on the iPhone.  Whip it out during a jam and stop the band’s arguments); and,
  • a Quick Access Page to get you to the songs quickly during a jam (best used on an iPad and easier than flipping through a giant PDF of songs)

JGSB-Version9 Front Cover8.5x11_Front_CoverJerry Garcia Song Book V.9 – released July 31, 2014

Jerry Garcia Song Book V.8 – released February 5, 2012

Previous Versions of the Book

On December 5, 2009 I did major work on the previous version of the song book and had several copies printed for band members for use during the jam.  It has made a difference in the jam.  Click here if you want to read about the release of this printed version of the book.  It was a major hard-copy release.

In addition to the Deadstein play book above, I occasionally will put together some songs we don’t do and thrash them out.  These songs are contained in the Deadstein supplemental packet linked below.  There are lots of Beatles songs here, Pink Floyd, Who and several others.

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deadstein
    Jan 18, 2010 @ 17:49:05

    I posted the curent versions of the song books on the the Songs page today (1-18-2010). There was a major release of these two song books at then end of 2009 and the posting of them on this page represents the beginning of storing song information on this page. In posting these updates I moved the few lagging GD/JGB songs that were in the Supplemental Packet from 12/2009 to the current Jerry Garcia Song Book. The songs that were moved include Crazy Love, Gimme Some Loving, Gloria, Let’s Spend the Night Together, Twilight, The Weight.

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  3. deadstein
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 14:19:52

    Updated the current version of the songbooks on 2-4-2010 which has an re-written If I had the World to Give.

  4. deadstein
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 00:12:24

    Updated the supplemental song book to include the Abbey Road medley in the Beatles section.

  5. deadstein
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 14:38:01

    The Supplemental Packet of songs was updated now to include six new Beatles songs including: Back in the USSR, Happiness is a Warm Gun, Hard Day’s Night, Hey Bulldog, One After Nine-O-Nine, Things We Said Today. For you trivia buffs, the Things We Said Today was played by Deadstein in its very early years and and was our first Beatles song attempted, that wasn’t one done by Jerry, and it hasn’t seen the light of day since.

  6. billbbill
    Apr 16, 2011 @ 08:47:54

    Thanks fo all you’ve done through the years – I used your resourses (hard work!) often and am very grateful!


  7. Honey Fest 2010
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 14:44:12

    I agree with Bill. Your book is the definitive resource for us. The single page format is fantastic. I know it was a labor of love, but it was a labor none the less. I have a big binder sitting in my jam area with your reference.
    Thanks so much.

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  9. deadstein
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 12:21:56

    Joe, thanks for the kind words. I just put a lot of effort into updating the book for creating a print version for the band. There are several new songs added and improvements in legibility for most others.. Down load the new links.

  10. Jeff DLB
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 14:07:55

    Hey now-

    I modified your Garcia/Dead book for to be more useful on a tablet, and would be glad to send you the file if you wish. I eliminated the printable index tab pages (A,B,C,…), and instead created a table of contents where each song title is a clickable link to the page in question. I did this by going through the book in MS Word format and ensuring every page had a {tc} field code. I use a PDF version on my Android tablet during jams.

  11. lgindoff
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 17:15:06

    I understand Jeff, but check out the following page which we use during our jams:

  12. Anonymous
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 16:17:29

    Hello..I’ve seen your book..nice do i email it to kinko’s? and which version is latest? I play in Unlimited Devotion and will sure come in handy? Looks like word is easier to read? any suggestions? thanx Joni B.

  13. Joni B.
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 21:57:54

    So is there a table of contents?

  14. Joni B.
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 21:58:47

    That can be emailed or downloaded for the book?

  15. Al
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 16:52:29

    Hey Dude, your book is great! Wanted to point out a problem. Corina is wrong in the book, here is the part that needs to be corrected. I hope you make the change 🙂 Thanks again !

    X 2

    If, what, when and where
    *G F# D B
    Told at the proper time
    Big black wings beat at the wind
    B7 A Em
    But they don’t hardly climb
    There’s a silver ocean
    *G F# D B
    Silver clouds on a silver sea
    A bird on the horizon
    Em G
    Silver wingin back to me

  16. lgindoff
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 19:07:36

    Al, thanks for the kind words and correction. Check out what I did at: (find Corina)

    Let me know if you agree with the changes as per your help especially in the last 2 measures of the chorus. Thanks for your help and I’ll accept any additional insight you have. Peace.

  17. lgindoff
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 19:23:28

    There is no table of contents but you can see a listing at the link below if it helps:


  18. Jeff DLB
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 06:23:54


    The version I made has a table of contents (see my other post above). I would be glad to provide a copy for hosting on

  19. Jeff DLB
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 06:25:26

    Larry: The version at songsjam.asp is great *if* you have an internet connection during your gig/jam. This is not always the case.

  20. lgindoff
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 08:21:19

    Good point Jeff about Internet Connection, it’s meant for that. l also load all my PDFs on my iPad using dropbox, which is a good solution. In reality, I use a paper book because of my paranoia of losing the iPad off a music stand. Funny, I had table of contents in previous versions of the book but was bothered by bandmates always looking at it during jams to figure out what to play. I therefore came up with my Randomizer:

  21. Anonymous
    May 25, 2013 @ 09:37:59

    Great job…ive made some songbooks too and know how much work it takes, so thank you much! Johnny10string

  22. Larry
    May 25, 2013 @ 12:15:50

    Thanks for the kudos Johnny

  23. GeneGene T. DancingMachine
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 19:04:36

    Thanks for all you do, man! The community really appreciates it. Dead played “Childhood’s End” on 12/16/94. Also, “Eternity” on 12/10/93 and 12/16/94, “Low Spark” on 8/17/04. Those are the only ones I could find missing.

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  26. Adam Crary
    Feb 12, 2017 @ 13:46:36

    You still have $35 copies available?if so I’d like one, don’t have paypal but can mail m.o. or pay w visa.. lmk ty

  27. Mike
    Jun 25, 2017 @ 14:32:44

    Hey, I just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work compiling this — it’s fantastic! My wife and kids printed me out a copy for father’s day, and it’ll be a good friend for years to come 🙂

  28. Jamie
    Jan 25, 2018 @ 10:17:53

    I edited version 9 and added hyperlinks that work from the table of contents as well as adding hyperlinks back to toc1/toc2 on every page. Somebody who runs this site needs to give me an email address so I can send a copy to be shared. Nice work Deadstein on the original files. I USE them here in KY.

  29. Jason Garcia
    Feb 10, 2019 @ 15:38:28

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    Jason and Halle Garcia

  30. Chris
    Mar 29, 2019 @ 15:58:20

    This book has been incredibly helpful to our band. I would like to point out a few corrections in the Break of Truckin’: I think it should be this:

    |A/// | % | G/ D/ | A / |

    Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me.

    |A/// | D/ A/ | G/ D/ | A / |

    Other times I can barely see.

    |D/// | Bm/ | F#/// | B5/ F#/ |

    Lately it occurs to me,

    |A/// | % | E/// |% |% |% |

    What a long, strange trip it’s been

  31. lisa dalton kula
    Mar 27, 2020 @ 21:45:03

    hi looking for dead piano sheet music-if anyone has transcribed from concert, love the runs in ujb,friend of the devil, dark hollow

  32. Chris
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 22:15:28

    Hello I’m very grateful for your efforts it’s making my gig work much easier thank you .Question is there any way of downloading the entire song list without having to do each one individually?

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