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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.


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 TitleV=Verse   C=Chorus   N=Note   P=Production   w=Words   m=Music1 - 3   $5 each
4 up   $4 each
Dabbling in the Dew
Traditional
PD Reprint
Daddy Has A Sweetheart And Mother Is Her Name
Popular Song
1912 - m. Dave Stamper, w. Gene Buck PD Reprint
Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow
Traditional
1892 - w.m. Joseph Tabrar PD Reprint
Daisy Bell
Popular Song
1892 - w.m. Henry Dacre C - Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true. I'm half crazy over the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage, 'Cause I can't afford a carriage . . . N - a.k.a. Bicycle Built For Two PD Reprint
Dance Macabre
Traditional
1872 - Saint Saens PD Reprint
Dance of the Hours
Traditional
1876 - Ponchielle PD Reprint
Dance of the Snowflakes
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Daniel Saw the Stone
Spiritual
V - Never saw such a man before, Cut out the mountain without hands. Preaching gospel to the poor, C - Daniel saw the stone, Rolling, rolling, Daniel saw the stone Cut out the mountain without hands. PD Reprint
Danish National Hymn
Traditional
Erald PD Reprint
Danny Boy
Popular Song
1913 - m. Old Irish Air, w. Fred E. Weatherly V - Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen to glen, and down the mountain side. The summer's gone, and all the roses falling, It's you, it's you must go, and I must abide. PD Reprint
Danny Deever
Traditional
1897 - PD Reprint
Dapper Dan
Popular Song
1921 - m. Albert Von Tilzer, w. Lew Brown PD Reprint
Dardanella
Popular Song
1919 - m. Felix Bernard, Johnny S. Black, w. Fred Fisher PD Reprint
Daring Young Man on the Flying TrapezeSee The Flying Trapeze
Darktown Dancin' School
Popular Song
m. Albert Gumble, w. Jack Yellen PD Reprint
Darktown Strutters' Ball
Popular Song
1917 - w.m. Shelton Brooks PD Reprint
Darling Nelly Gray
Popular Song
1856 - w.m. B. R. Hanby V - There's a low green vallen on the old Kentucky shore C - Oh, my poor Nelly Gray, they have taken you away PD Reprint
Das zerbrochene Ringlein
Traditional
w.1809,m.1 - w. Joseph von Eichendorff, m. Friedrich Gluck PD Reprint
Dashing White Sergeant
Traditional
Traditional Scots PD Reprint
Dat's The Way To Spell Chicken
Popular Song
1902 - w.m. Bob Slater, Sidney Perrin PD Reprint
Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
Popular Song
1918 - m. Walter Donaldson, w. Monty C. Brice PD Reprint
David of the White Rock
Traditional
Traditional Welsh PD Reprint
Dawn Of The Century March
Popular Song
1900 - m. E.T. Paull PD Reprint
Day Dreams, Visions Of Bliss
Popular Song
1910 - m. Heinrich Reinhardt, w. Robert B. Smith P - Spring Maid - 1910, Viennese Operetta PD Reprint
Dear Evelina, Sweet Evelina
Traditional
V - Way down in the meadow where the lily first first blows, Where the wind from the valley ne'er ruffles the rose. C - Dear Evelina, Sweet Evelina, My love for thee shall never, never die. PD Reprint
Dear Little Boy of Mine
Popular Song
1918 - m. Ernest Ball, w. J. Keirn Brennan PD Reprint
Dear Old Girl
Popular Song
1903 - m. Theodore F. Moss, w. Rich H. Buck PD Reprint
Dear Old Pal of Mine
Popular Song
1918 - m. Lt. Gitz Rice, w. Harold Robe PD Reprint
Dear Old Southland
Popular Song
1921 - m. Turner Layton, w. Henry Creamer PD Reprint
Dearest Mae
Minstrel
m. L.H.V. Crosby, w. Frances Lynch PD Reprint
Dearest, You're the Nearest to My Heart
Popular Song
1922 - m. Harry Akst, w. Benny Davis PD Reprint
Death and Transfiguration
Traditional
1891 - Richard Strauss PD Reprint
Death of Mother Jones
Traditional
PD Reprint
Death's Going to Lay His Hand on Me
Spiritual
V - O sinner! Sinner! you better pray! Death's goning to lay his cold icy hands on me! C - Crying, O Lord, crying, O My Lord! N - a.k.a. Cold Icy Hand PD Reprint
Deck the Halls
Christmas, Holiday
1800s - w. translated Oliphant 1866, m. Welsh Nos Galan V - Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la. 'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la. Don we now our gay apparel, Troll the ancient Christmas carol, C - Fa la la la la la la la la. PD Reprint
Deep River
Spiritual
1875 - V - Oh, don't you want to go to that gospel feast, That promis'd land where all is peace? C - Deep river, my home is over Jordon. Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground. PD Reprint
Der Deitcher's Dog
Traditional
N - German: How Much Is the Doggie in the Window PD Reprint
Der gute Kamerad
Traditional
PD Reprint
Der Jager Abschied
Traditional
PD Reprint
Der Konig in Thule
Traditional
PD Reprint
Der Lindenbaum
Traditional
PD Reprint
Der Mai is gekommen
Traditional
PD Reprint
Der Steer Land
Traditional
PD Reprint
Der Wotin Tochterlein
Traditional
PD Reprint
Dese Dry Bones of Mine
Spiritual
V - What kind of shoes is dem you wear? Come togedder in de mawnin' C - An' a Lawd, dese dry bones of mine Shall come togedder in the mawnin' PD Reprint
Destiny Waltz
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Deutschland Uber Alles
Traditional
PD Reprint
Devil Among the Tailors
Traditional
Traditional Scots PD Reprint
Devil's Dream
Traditional
PD Reprint
Dickory Dickory Dock
Children
V - Dickory, dickory dock; The mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck one, The mouse ran down . . . PD Reprint
Did you Ever See a Lassie
Traditional
PD Reprint
Did You Hear How Dey Crucified My Lord?
Spiritual
V - Did you hear how dey crucified my Lord . . . Did you hear how He hung on de cross? C - Oh, how it makes me tremble, tremble PD Reprint
Diddle Diddle Dumpling
Children
V - Diddle, diddle dumpling, my son John Went to bed with his stockings on; PD Reprint
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?
Spiritual
V - He deliver'd Daniel from de lion's den, Jonah from de belly of de whale, An' de Hebrew children from the fiery furnace C - Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel; d'liver Daniel, d'liver Daniel, An' why not every man? PD Reprint
Die Gedanken Sind Frei
Traditional
PD Reprint
Die Heilige Nacht
Traditional
1818 - w. J. Mohn, w. F. Gruber PD Reprint
Die Lore am Tore Carey-Boie
Traditional
1798 - P - Sally in our Alley PD Reprint
Die Lorelei
Traditional
w. 1823, m - w. Heinrich Heine, m. Frederich Silcher PD Reprint
Die Teutoburger Schlacht
Traditional
1847 - V. von Scheffel PD Reprint
Die Wacht am Rhein
Traditional
w. Max Schneckenburger, m. Karl Wilhelm PD Reprint
Dill Pickles
Traditional
1906 - Charles L. Johnson PD Reprint
Ding Dong Bell
Children
1765 - V - Ding Dong bell, Pussy's in the well; Who put here in? Little Johnny Green; Who pulled her out? Big John Stout. PD Reprint
Diplomat
Patriotic
1904 - m. John Philip Sousa PD Reprint
Directorate
Patriotic
w.m. John Philip Sousa PD Reprint
Dixie Blossoms
Ragtime, Music Hall
1906 - Percy Weinrich PD Reprint
Dixie Dimples
Ragtime, Music Hall
1918 - Scott James PD Reprint
Dixie Girl
Traditional
J. Bodewalt Lampe PD Reprint
Dixie Made Us Jazz Band Mad
Popular Song
1920 - w.m. Howard Johnson, William K. Wells, Irwin Dash PD Reprint
Dixie Volunteers
Popular Song
w.m. Edgar Leslie, Harry Ruby PD Reprint
Dixie's Land
Traditional
1860 - Daniel Decatur Emmett V - I wish I was in de land ob cotton, Old time dar am not forgotten C - Away, away, away down south in Dixie N - a.k.a. Dixie Land PD Reprint
Do It Again (Please Do It Again)
Popular Song
1922 - m. George Gershwin, w. B.G. De Sylva V - Tell me, tell me, what did you do to me? I just got a thrill that was new to me C - Oh, do it again! I might say no no no no no, but do it again PD Reprint
Doc Brown's Cake Walk
Traditional
Charles L. Johnson PD Reprint
Don't Be Weary, Traveler
Traditional
PD Reprint
Don't Be Weary, Traveller
Spiritual
V - My head got wet with the midnight dew, Come along home to Jesus. Angels bear me witness too, Come along home to Jesus. C - Don't be weary, traveller, Come along home to Jesus. PD Reprint
Don't Bite The Hand That's Feeding You
Popular Song
1915 - m. James Morgan, w. Thomas Hoier PD Reprint
Don't Blame It On Broadway
Popular Song
1913 - m. Bert Grant, w. Joe Young, Harry Williams PD Reprint
Don't Get Married Any More, Ma
Popular Song
1907 - m. Henry E. Pether, w. Fred W. Leigh PD Reprint
Don't Jazz Me Rag
Ragtime, Music Hall
James Scott PD Reprint
Don't Take Me Home
Popular Song
1908 - m. Harry Von Tilzer, w. Vincent Bryan PD Reprint
Dove's Figary
Traditional
1650 - PD Reprint
Down Among the Sheltering Palms
Popular Song
1915 - m. Abe Olman, w. James Brockman PD Reprint
Down Among The Sugar Cane
Popular Song
1908 - m. Cecil Mack, Chris Smith, w. Avery & Hart PD Reprint
Down By the Old Mill Stream
Popular Song
1910 - w.m. Tell Taylor PD Reprint
Down By the Riverside
Spiritual
1865 - V - Goin' t' lay down my burden, Down by the riverside . . Goin' to study war no more. C - Ain't goin't study war no more, Ain't goin't study war no more, PD Reprint
Down Home Blues
Traditional
1921 - Tom Delaney V - I never felt so lonesome before, My friend has quit me. He's gone for sure. He broke my heart for I loved him true so now I'm worried Lonesome and blue C - Woke up this mornin' the day was dawnin' And I was feelin' all sad and blue. I had nobody to tell my troubles to. I felt so worried I didn't know what to do. PD Reprint
Down In Dear Old New Orleans
Popular Song
1912 - m. Con Conrad, Jay Whidden, w. Joe Young PD Reprint
Down in Honky Tonky Town
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Down In Jungle Town
Popular Song
1908 - m. Theodore F. Morse, w. Edward Madden PD Reprint
Down in the Valley
Traditional
N - No known exact PD publication. PD words published 1917 by Journal of American Folk-Lore. 1917 publication of melody is not precisely the melody poplar today. PD Reprint
Down In The Valley (Birmingham Jail)
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Down in the Valley to Pray
Spiritual
V - O brother, less go down . . . Down in the valley to pray! C - I went down in the valley to pray, Studyin' about dat good ole way. You shall wear a starry crown, Good Lord, show me de way! PD Reprint
Down On The Brandywind
Popular Song
1904 - m. James B. Mullen, w. Vincent Bryan PD Reprint
Down on the FarmSee I Want To Go Back To Michigan (Down On The Farm)
Down the Trail to Home Sweet Home
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Down the Volga River
Traditional
PD Reprint
Down Went McGinty
Popular Song
1889 - w.m. Joseph Flynn V - Sunday morning just at nine, Dan McGinty dress'd so fine. Stood looking up at a very high stone wall; C - Down went McGinty to the bottom of the wall. And tho' he won the five, He was more dead than alive. PD Reprint
Down Where the Wurzburger Flows
Popular Song
1902 - m. Harry Von Tilzer, w. Vincent Bryan PD Reprint
Down Yonder
Popular Song
1921 - w.m. I. Wolfe Gilbert PD Reprint
Downhearted Blues
Popular Song
1922 - m. Lovie Austin, w. Alberta Hunter PD Reprint
Draper's Gardens
Traditional
1721 - PD Reprint
Dreaming
Popular Song
1906 - m. J. Anton Daily, w. L.W. Heiser PD Reprint
Dreams
Popular Song
m. Harry Von Tilzer (1872 - 1946)w. Andrew B. Sterling PD Reprint
Dressed Ship
Traditional
1774 - PD Reprint
Drill Ye, Tarriers, Drill
Popular Song
1888 - w.m. Thomas F. Caset V - Oh ev'ry morn at seven o'clock There are twenty tarriers on the rock, The boss come along and says 'be still And put all your power in the cast steel drill'. C - Then, drill, ye tarriers, drill . . . Oh it's work all day without sugar in your tay when ye work beyant on the railway, And drill, ye tarriers, drill. and drill, and drill! PD Reprint
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
Traditional
w. 1616, m - PD Reprint
Drive the Cold Winter Away
Traditional
1650 - PD Reprint
Drummer Boy of Shiloh
Traditional
1863 - Hays PD Reprint
Drunken Sailor
Traditional
1891 - PD Reprint
Du bist vie eine Blume
Traditional
1823 - w. Heinrich Heine, m. Schumann PD Reprint
Du du liegst m im Herzen
Traditional
1820 - Traditional PD Reprint
Du und Du
Traditional
1874 - PD Reprint
Dubinushka
Traditional
PD Reprint
Duke of Kent's Waltz
Traditional
1802 - PD Reprint
Dusky Dudes
Traditional
Jean Schwartz PD Reprint
Dusty
Ragtime, Music Hall
1908 - May Aufderheide PD Reprint

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