Song Reader

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Song Reader
Author Beck
Country United States
Language English
Genre Sheet music
Publisher McSweeney's
Publication date
December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 108
ISBN 978-1938073380

Song Reader is a book of sheet music by the American alternative music artist Beck released on December 11, 2012. The book includes 20 songs worth of sheet music and more than 100 pages of art. The book's publisher, McSweeney's, also announced that versions of the songs performed by other musicians will be featured on its website.[1] Links to YouTube and SoundCloud performances of the songs can be contributed to the official web site for the project.

Beck began working on the project in 2004.[2] In 2013 Beck played three concerts with a variety of guests featuring the Song Reader material. He released a record of Song Reader with other musicians in 2014, and plans to release a compilation of fan versions.[3]

Rolling Stone named it 50th on their list of 50 best albums of 2013.[4]

Song list[edit]

  1. "Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard"
  2. "I'm Down"
  3. "Saint Dude"
  4. "Do We? We Do"
  5. "Eyes That Say 'I Love You'"
  6. "Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings"
  7. "Please Leave a Light on When You Go"
  8. "Rough on Rats"
  9. "Old Shanghai"
  10. "Sorry"
  11. "Why Did You Make Me Care?"
  12. "Heaven's Ladder"
  13. "America, Here's My Boy"
  14. "Just Noise"
  15. "We All Wear Cloaks"
  16. "Mutilation Rag"
  17. "The Wolf Is on the Hill"
  18. "Title of This Song"
  19. "The Last Polka"
  20. "Last Night You Were a Dream"


  1. ^ Battan, Carrie (August 8, 2012). "Beck Announces Details of His Sheet Music Album". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "A Q&A with Beck Hansen, Author of Song Reader.". McSweeney's. December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Beck Working on "Song Reader" Record; Reveals "Morning Phase" Details". The Future Heart. November 21, 2013. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  4. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2013". Rolling Stone. December 2, 2013. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 

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