All The Songs I Can Play (Sort Of)

Pastel drawing of John on sofa

Pretending to have a red sofa and green wall

Update (May 3, 2015): After reviewing this list I’ve noticed there are a few absent entries and I have learned a few new ones since last October. However, to keep some element of surprise for future sets I am not adding them now. 

Let it be known that I am a big fan of lists. For a while I maintained an Excel spreadsheet of every film I’ve ever watched. As I further consider a trip across the country to play some music, I thought I better examine my repertoire. So here is the list of songs I can play. Sort of. It’s 124 covers  and 14 original songs that I have performed in one way or another be it at open mic, at a funeral, at a wedding, or just over the phone for a friend. It’s only the songs that I have done solo and acoustic (because that’s how I’ll be going). If I buckled down one Saturday I could probably add half a dozen more songs that I’ve been slowly working on, and if I just wanted to go for sheer numbers I could probably learn a lot of three chord songs over a couple days.

And it should also be said that these aren’t songs that some of these have been learned for specific occasions for specific people. I’ve only ever performed “American Pie” once for my mother and I don’t have a strong desire to play it again, but in the right setting it’s a crowd pleaser. I’ve only ever attempted Jeff Buckley’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” upon special request because I know I can’t do it the same justice. I’d much prefer to never ever perform my own song “Sad Sloth Day” again, but it bumps up the number of originals. And there are others, but I’ll leave you to speculate.

And in the spirit of practicing and stuff, leave your requests in the comments below and in a future post I’ll do a virtual open mic with YouTube videos. You can nominate any of the songs below or you can throw out something else on the chance that I’ll dig it and take the time to learn it. Keep in mind, I’m one guy with one guitar, so some stuff just doesn’t work as well.


Bold = Have this song down. Might make a review of lyrics if I were scheduled to play it live.
* = Really works better with extra instrument or voice
° = Needs a little more work to be complete
[Brackets] = Indication of original writer

Beatles – All My Loving
Beatles – In My Life

Beck – The Golden Age

Ben Folds – Fred Jones Pt. 2

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Still Suspicion Holds You Tight

Creedance Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop The Rain

Dandy Warhols – Boys Better
Dandy Warhols – Minnesoter
Dandy Warhols – Genius

Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark

Decemberists – Eli The Barrow Boy

Don McLean – American Pie

Eels – Beginner’s Luck
Eels – All The Beautiful Things

Faces – Ooh La La

Flaming Lips – Bad Days {Often kicking off a medley with Weezer and White Stripes}
Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
Flaming Lips – Turn It On
Flaming Lips – Be My Head
Flaming Lips – Plastic Jesus
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1

Foo Fighters – Big Me
Foo Fighters – Everlong

George Michael – Faith

Green Day – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

Jack White – Love Interruption

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah [Leonard Cohen]

Jesus & Mary Chain – Between Planets

John Everett Morton – Intro
John Everett Morton – Stop Sign
John Everett Morton – Love Is A Social Construct, Baby
John Everett Morton – (I’m An) Orange Daisy
John Everett Morton – Lauren
John Everett Morton – Open Mic Nite (Halloween 2003)
John Everett Morton – Let’s Play
John Everett Morton – Hardly
John Everett Morton – Philip Seymour Hoffman/Dyan Go To The Prom
John Everett Morton – Poor And Wistful
John Everett Morton – Learned To Clot
John Everett Morton – Sad Sloth Day
John Everett Morton – Moscow
John Everett Morton – My Robot
John Everett Morton – Untitled 12LF

Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues

Liz Phair – F—- And Run
Liz Phair – Divorce Song

Local H – All The Kids Are Right

Marcy Playground – Sex And Candy

Marilyn Manson – The Nobodies

Neko Case – Star Witness

Neutral Milk Hotel – King Of Carrot Flowers Part 1
Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Airplane Over The Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel – Oh Comely
Neutral Milk Hotel – Two-Headed Boy Part 2
Neutral Milk Hotel – Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
Neutral Milk Hotel – Baby For Pree/Where You’ll Find Me

Nine Inch Nails – Hurt

Nirvana – About A Girl
Nirvana – Molly’s Lips [The Vaselines]
Nirvana – Polly
Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night [American Traditional/Lead Belly/aka “In The Pines”]

Oasis – Stand By Me
Oasis – The Girl In The Dirty Shirt
Oasis – Live Forever
Oasis – The Importance of Being Idle
Oasis – Songbird
Oasis – Talk Tonight
Oasis – Underneath The Sky
Oasis – Half The World Away
Oasis – Wonderwall*
Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
Oasis – She’s Electric
Oasis – Champagne Supernova*

Our Lady Peace – 4am

Patti Smith – Gloria [Van Morrison]

Paul Simon – Slip Sliding’ Away
Paul Simon – Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard

Radiohead – Creep
Radiohead – Karma Police
Radiohead – Karma Police/Beatles – Day In The Life Mash Up
Radiohead – Street Spirit°
Radiohead – Exit Music (For A Film)

Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers
Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Semisonic – Closing Time

Smashing Pumpkins – With Every Light
Smashing Pumpkins – To Forgive
Smashing Pumpkins – Porcellina Of The Vast Oceans*
Smashing Pumpkins – Thrity-Three
Smashing Pumpkins – In The Arms Of Sleep
Smashing Pumpkins – Stumbline
Smashing Pumpkins – Lily (My One And Only)
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
Smashing Pumpkins – Jupiter’s Lament
Smashing Pumpkins – Blank
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonite Reprise
Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist
Smashing Pumpkins – Pennies
Smashing Pumpkins – Ugly
Smashing Pumpkins – Believe
Smashing Pumpkins – Rocket
Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
Smashing Pumpkins – Mayonaise*
Smashing Pumpkins – Spaceboy
Smashing Pumpkins – Hummer

Travis – Slide Show
Travis – Blue Flashing Light (Slide Show hidden track)

TV On The Radio – DLZ

U2 – One

Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

Violent Femmes – All I Want
Violent Femmes – Out The Window

Violent Femmes – American Music*

Weezer – Mykel and Carli
Weezer – Jamie
Weezer – My Name Is Jonas
Weezer – Perfect Situation
Weezer – Across The Sea
Weezer – Pink Triangle
Weezer – Butterfly
Weezer – You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
Weezer – Island In The Sun

White Stripes – Hypnotise
White Stripes – The Denial Twist
White Stripes – Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)
White Stripes – Effect & Cause
White Stripes – Dead Leave And The Dirty Ground
White Stripes – Hotel Yorba
White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl
White Stripes – We’re Going To Be Friends

Wilco – Box Full Of Letters
Wilco – Passenger Side
Wilco – Misunderstood
Wilco – Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Wilco – Red-Eyed And Blue
Wilco – I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
Wilco – I’m Always In Love
Wilco – Via Chicago
Wilco – I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Wilco – Poor Places

Yo La Tengo – Speeding Motorcycle [Daniel Johnston]

So what do you want to hear? Post it in the comments below!

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