Song Reader

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Song Reader
Beck - Song Reader.png
CountryUnited States
GenreSheet music
PublisherMcSweeney's (US)
Faber & Faber (UK)
Publication date
December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)
Media typePrint (Hardcover)

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 would 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] The official CD featuring various artists was released on July 29, 2014.[5]

Song list[edit]

No.TitleContributing artistLength
1."Title of This Song"Moses Sumney4:55
2."Please Leave a Light on When You Go"Fun.2:42
3."The Wolf Is on the Hill"Tweedy2:22
4."Just Noise"Norah Jones2:00
5."Last Night You Were a Dream"Lord Huron3:23
6."Saint Dude"Bob Forrest4:06
7."I'm Down"Jack White3:04
8."Heaven's Ladder"Beck3:17
9."Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard"Juanes3:27
10."Sorry"Laura Marling2:04
11."Eyes That Say "I Love You""Jarvis Cocker3:18
12."Rough on Rats"David Johansen2:48
13."Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings"Jason Isbell5:13
14."The Last Polka"Marc Ribot4:33
15."Old Shanghai"Eleanor Friedberger2:55
16."Why Did You Make Me Care?"Sparks4:40
17."America, Here's My Boy"Swamp Dogg3:04
18."We All Wear Cloaks"Jack Black2:30
19."Do We? We Do"Loudon Wainwright III2:51
20."Mutilation Rag"Gabriel Kahane, yMusic2:08
Total length:63:20


  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.
  5. ^ "Beck - Song Reader". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-11-15.

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