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Public Domain Patriotic Songs


IMPORTANT: This list is based on USA Copyright Law and is intended only as a help in researching public domain materials. This list is NOT sufficient documentation that music is in the Public Domain. To prove public domain status in the USA, you MUST find a published copy of the song with a copyright date of 1922 or earlier. Our PD Sheet Music Reprints are exact reprints of books and sheet music published in 1922 or earlier and include music, lyrics, and complete original copyright information. Some of these songs may not be PD in countries other than the USA.


Best Known PD Patriotic Songs

Title D=Date-Author V=Verse C=Chorus T=Tune PD Reprint
Star Spangled Banner D: w. 1814 Francis Scott Key (1780-1843), m. British Drinking Song
V: O ! say can you see by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming.
T: To Anacreon in Heaven
1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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America D: w. 1832 Rev. Samuel Francis Smith (1808 - 1895), m. 1744 British National Anthem
V: My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing.
T: God Save The Queen
1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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America the Beautiful D: w. 1913 Katharine Lee Bates (1859 - 1929), m. 1882 Samuel A. Ward (1725 - 1776)
V: O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain.
T: Materna
1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Battle Hymn of the Republic D: w. 1861 Julia Ward Howe (1819 - 1910), m. c1855 John William Steffe (?)
V: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
C: Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.
T: John Brown's Body
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Columbia the Gem of the Ocean D: w. 1843 David T. Shaw, m. 1843 Thomas a Becket
V: O Columbia, the gem of the ocean, The home of the brave and the free.
C: . . . When borne by the red, white, and blue
NOTE: Also possible British origin, "Britannia, the Pride of the Ocean"
1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Hail Columbia D: w. 1789 Philip Phile (Pfeil), m. 1798 Joseph Hopkinson
V: Hail, Columbia, Happy land! Hail ye heroes! Heav'n born band!
C: Firm united, let us be, Rallying round our liberty;
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When Johnny Comes Marching Home D: w. 1861 Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, m. 1861 Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore
V: When Johnny comes marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah! We'll give him a hearty welcome then. Hurrah! Hurrah!
C: . . . And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.
NOTE: Possibly derived from Irish Anti-War Song "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye"
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Yankee Doodle D: w. 1775 or Earlier Unknown, m. 1400s British War Song,1400s Dutch Harvest Song
V: Yankee Doodle went to town, A-riding on a pony; He stuck a feather in his hat, And called it macaroni.
C: Yankee Doodle, keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy. Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be handy!
NOTE: There are numerous versions of the lyrics.
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Yankee Doodle Dandy D: w. 1904 George M. Cohan (1878 - 1942), m. 1904 George M. Cohan (1878 - 1942)
V: I'm the kid that's all the candy, I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy
C: I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, A Yankee Doodle, do or die
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You're A Grand Old Flag D: w. 1906 George M. Cohan (1878 - 1942), m. 1906 George M. Cohan (1878 - 1942)
V: There's a feeling comes a-stealing, And it set my brain a-reeling.
C: You're a grand old flag, You're a high flying flag, and forever in peace may you wave.
1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Songs of the Armed Forces

TitleD=Date-Author V=Verse C=Chorus T=Tune PD Reprint
Anchors Aweigh D: w. 1906 Capt. Alfred H. Miles, USN, m. 1906 2Lt. Charles A. Zimmermann, USMC
V: Stand Navy down the field, Sails set to the sky, We'll never change our course, So Army you steer shy-y-y-y
C: Anchors aweigh my boys, anchors aweigh.
NOTE: See US Naval Academy web site. The words were rewritten in 1926, and any lyrics written after 1922 are NOT PD.
1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Caissons Go Rolling D: w. 1908 Edmund L. Gruber, m. 1908 Edmund L. Gruber
V: Over hill over dale we have hit the dusty trail, As our caissons go rolling along.
C: For it's Hi! Hi! He! In the field artillery, Shout out your numbers loud and strong.!
NOTE: U.S. Army Official Song
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The Marines Hymn D: w. early 1900s Unknown, m. 1859 Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
V: From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea.
C: . . . United States Marine.
T: Gendarmes' Duet from Genevieve de Brabant
NOTE: U. S. Marine Corps Official Song
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Navy Hymn D: w. 1860 William Whiting, m. 1861 Rev. John Bacchus Dykes (1823 -1876)
V: Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave.
C: Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!
T: Melita
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Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN
D: w.m. 1927 - Capt. Francis S.Van Boskerck
V: From Aztec shore to Arctic zone, To Europe and Far East.
NOTE: U.S. Coast Guard Official Song *** NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN IN USA ***
 
The U.S. Air Force
NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN
D: w.m. 1939 - Capt. Robert Crawford
V: Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun;
NOTE: United States Air Force Official Song *** NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN IN USA ***
 
Hail to the Chief D: w. 1810 Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832), m. c1810 James Sanderson (1769 - 1841)
V: Hail to the chief who in triumph advances! Honor'd and bless'd be the evergreen Pine!
NOTE: Official Song of the President of the United States, PD Lyrics from "The Lady of the Lake"
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Reveille D: Middle Ages or Earlier 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Taps D: 1860s or Earlier 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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John Philip Sousa Marches

TitleD=Date-Author V=Verse C=Chorus T=Tune PD Reprint
The Beau Ideal March D: m. 1894 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Bride Elect D: m. 1897 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Charlatan D: m. 1897 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Diplomat D: m. 1904 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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El Capitan March D: m. 1896 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Free Lance D: m. 1906 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Gladiator D: m. 1886 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Hail to the Spirit of Liberty D: m. 1900 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Hands Across the Sea D: m. 1899 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The High School Cadets D: m. 1890 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Imperial Edward D: m. 1902 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Invincible Eagle D: m. 1901 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Jack Tar D: m. 1903 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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King Cotton D: m. 1895 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Liberty Bell D: m. 1893 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Manhattan Beach D: m. 1893 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The March Past of the Corcoran Cadets D: m. 1890 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The March Past of the National Fencibles D: m. 1888 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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March Past of the Rifle Regiment D: m. 1886 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Picador March D: m. 1889 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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Semper Fideles D: m. 1888 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Stars and Stripes Forever - March D: m. 1896 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Stars and Stripes Forever - Song D: w. 1898 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), m. 1896 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
V: Let martial note in triumph float, And liberty extend it might hand
C: Hurrah for the flag of the free, May it wave as our standard forever
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The Thunderer D: m. 1889 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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The Washington Post D: m. 1889 John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 1 - 3   $5.00 Each
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