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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
Gaily the Troubadour
Traditional
Bayley PD Reprint
Gambling Man
Popular Song
1902 - m. Jean Schwartz, w. William Jerome PD Reprint
Games Of Childhood Days
Popular Song
1908 - w.m. Will J. Harris, Harry I. Robinson PD Reprint
Garden Of Roses
Popular Song
1909 - m. Johann C. Schmid, w. J.E. Dempsey PD Reprint
Garland Of Old Fashioned Roses
Popular Song
1912 - m. E. Clinton Keithley, w. C.H. Musgrove PD Reprint
Garry Owen
Traditional
Traditional Irish PD Reprint
Gaudeamus Igatur
Traditional
PD Reprint
Gaudeamus Igitur
College
PD Reprint
Gee, But I Hate To Go Home Alone
Popular Song
1922 - w.m. Joe Goodman, James F. Hanley PD Reprint
Gee, But It's Great to Meet a Friend from Your Old Home Towm
Popular Song
1910 - m. James McGavisk, w. William Tracey PD Reprint
General Pershing
Popular Song
m. Carl D. Vandersloot PD Reprint
Gentle Annie
Traditional
1856 - Stephen Collins Foster PD Reprint
Gentle Lena Clare
Traditional
1862 - Stephen Collins Foster PD Reprint
Georgia
Popular Song
1922 - m. Walter Donaldson, w. Howard Johnson N - NOT Georgia On My Mind, 1930, Hoagy Carmichael PD Reprint
Georgie Porgie
Children
1765 - V - Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie, Kiss'd the girls and made them cry; When the girls cam out to play, Georgie Porgie ran away. PD Reprint
German Cradle Song
Children
V - Sleep, baby sleep. Thy Father tends the sheep; Thy mother shakes the dreamland tree, A little dream falls down for thee, PD Reprint
Gesu Bambino
Christmas, Holiday
1917 - w.m. Pietro A. Yon, w. translated Frederick H. Martens V - When blossoms flowered 'mid the snows Upon a winter night, Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose, The King of Love and Light. C - O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. N - Italian lyrics: 'Nell'umile capanna nel freddo e poverta e nato il Santo pargolo che il mondo adorere' PD Reprint
Ghost Of The Violin
Popular Song
1912 - m. Ted Snyder, w. Bert Kalmar PD Reprint
Giannina Mia
Popular Song
1912 - m. Rudolf Friml, w. Otto Harbach PD Reprint
Girl I Left Behind (Me)
Traditional
1758-1770 - Traditional Irish V - The dames of France are fond and free, And Flemish lips are willing, And soft the maids of Italy, And Spanish eyes are thrilling C - To the girl I left behind me. N - First Printing 1808, a.k.a. Brighton Camp PD Reprint
Girl of Mine
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Girl on the Magazine
Traditional
PD Reprint
Girls and Boys Come Out to Play
Children
V - Girls and boys come out to plan, The moon doth shine as bright as day PD Reprint
Git Along Little Dogies
Traditional
1893 - N - a.k.a. Whooopee Ti Yi Yo PD Reprint
Give My Regards to Broadway
Popular Song
1904 - w.m. George M. Cohan PD Reprint
Gladiator
Patriotic
1886 - m. John Philip Sousa PD Reprint
Gladiolus Rag
Traditional
1907 - Scott Joplin PD Reprint
Glasgoe Highlanders
Traditional
Traditional Scot PD Reprint
Glen Rose March and Two Step
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Glory and Honor
Spiritual
V - Oh, my young Christians, I got lots for to tell yhou all . . . judge ye not, for you shall be judged . . . C - Live humble, humble, humble yourselves, de bell done ring. PD Reprint
Glory, Glory, HallelujahSee Battle Hymn of the Republic
Glow-Worm
Popular Song
1907 - m. Paul Lincke, w. Lilla Cayley Robinson V - When the night falls silently, the night falls silently on forests dreaming, Lovers wander forth to see, they wander forth to see the bright stars gleaming; C - Shine, little glow-worm glimmer, shine little glow-worm glimmer! Lead us, lest too far we wander, Love's sweet voice is calling yonder! PD Reprint
Go Down Moses
Spiritual
V - When Israel was in Egypt's land, Let my people go. Oppressed so hard they could not stand, Let me people go. C - Go down Moses, 'Way down in Eqypt land, Tell old Pharoah, Let my people go. N - a.k.a. Let My People Go PD Reprint
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Spiritual
ca. 1865 - Spiritual V - When I was a seeker I sought both night an' day, I ask' de Lord to help me, An' He show' me de way. C - Go tell it on de mountain, Over de hills an' everywhere; Go tell it on de mountain, Dat Jesus Christ is born. PD Reprint
Go Way Back and Sit Down
Traditional
1901 - PD Reprint
God Be With You (Til We Meet Again)
Traditional
m. W.G. Tomer, w. J.E. Rankin V - Goe be with you til we meet again, By his counsels guide, uphold you C - Till we meet, till we meet, Till we meet at Jesus' feet. Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again. PD Reprint
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
Christmas, Holiday
ca. 1760 - w.m. English Traditional V - God rest you merry, Gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, For Jesus Christ our Savior Was born upon this Day. To save poor souls from Satan's power, Which long time had gone astray. Which brings tidings of comfort and joy. PD Reprint
God Save the King
Traditional
L&S - PD Reprint
Goin' Home
Popular Song
1922 - Anton Dvorak (1841-1904) V - Goin' home, goin' home. I'm a-goin' home; Quiet like, some still day, I'm jes goin' home. N - From the Largo of the New Work Symphony PD Reprint
Going to Shout All Over God's Heaven
Spiritual
V - I've got a robe, you've got a robe. All of God's children got a robe; When I get to Heaven, goin' to put on my robe, Goin' to shout all over God's Heav'n. C - Heav'n. Heav'n. Everybody talking 'bout heav'n ain't going there, Heav'n, Heav'n, Goin' to shout all over God's Heav'n. PD Reprint
Going to Study War No More
Traditional
PD Reprint
Gold and Silver Waltz
Traditional
1904 - Lehar PD Reprint
Golden SlippersSee Oh Dem Golden Slippers
Goober Peas
Traditional
1864 - PD Reprint
Good Bye Boys
Popular Song
1913 - m. Will Dillon, w. Andrew Sterling PD Reprint
Good Bye Broadway, Hello France
Popular Song
1917 - m. Billy Baskette, w. C. Francis Reisner, Billy Davis PD Reprint
Good Bye Dolly Gray
Popular Song
1900 - m. Paul Barnes, w. Will D. Cobb PD Reprint
Good Bye Eliza Jane
Popular Song
1903 - m. Harry Von Tilzer, w. Andrew Sterling V - Look a'here Liza, listen to me You ain't the gal you promised to be Didn't you say you always would be true, oo, oo, oo, oo C - Good-bye Eliza Jane, I'm gwine a' for to leave you. Well, you know when I go, that I was the fellow with the dough, dough, dough PD Reprint
Good Man Is Hard to Find
Popular Song
1918 - w.m. Eddie Green V - My heart's sad and I am all forlorn, My man's treating me mean, I regret the day that I was born, And that man of mine I've ever seen. C - A good man is hard to find, You always get the other kind. Just when you think that he is your pal, You look for him and find him fooling 'round some other gal. PD Reprint
Good Morning To All
Children
V - Good morning to you, Good morning to you, Good morning dear children, Good morning to all. N - Tune and Good Morning to All lyrics are in the public domain. Happy Birthday lyrics are NOT in the public domain. PD Reprint
Good Morning, Mister Zip-Zip-Zip
Popular Song
1918 - w.m. Robert Lloyd V - You come from ev'ry quarter, From North, South, East and West. To clear the way to freedom For the land we love the best. C - Good morning, Mister Zip-Zip-=Zip. With you hair cut just as short as mine. Good morning, Mister Zip-Zip-Zip, You're surely looking fine.. PD Reprint
Good News, De Chariot's Comin'
Spiritual
V - Gwine to get up in de chariot, Carry me home . . . An ' I don' want her leave a me behind. C - Good news, de chariot's coming', I don' want her leave a me behind. PD Reprint
Good Night Ladies
College
PD Reprint
Goodbye Liza Jane
Traditional
1871 - PD Reprint
Goodbye, Girls, I'm Through
Popular Song
1914 - m. Ivan Caryll, w. John Golden PD Reprint
Goodbye, My Lady Love
Popular Song
1904 - w.m. Joe Howard PD Reprint
Goodnight Ladies
Traditional
1853 - PD Reprint
Gospel Train
Spiritual
V - De gospel train am a comin; I hear it jus' at han'; I hear de carwheels rumblin', An rollin' throo' de lan'; C - Git on bo'd lit'l children, Git on bo'd lit'l children, Dere's room for many a mo'. N - a.k.a. Get On Board Little Children PD Reprint
Grand March--Aida
Traditional
Verdi PD Reprint
Grandfather's Clock
Children
1876 - Henry Clay Work V - My grandfather's clock was too large for the shelf, So it stood ninety years on the floor; C - Ninety years, without slumbering, (tick tock tick tock, His life seconds numbering PD Reprint
Great Camp-meetin' in de Promised Land
Spiritual
V - Oh walk togedder, children, Don't yer get weary, . . . . Dere's a great camp meetin' in de Promised Land. C - Gwine to mourn an' nebber tire . . . Dere's a great camp meetin' in de Promised Land. PD Reprint
Great Day
Spiritual
V - Chariot rode on the mountain-top, God's going to build up Zion's walls. My God spoke and the chariot did stop . . . C - Great day, Great day, the righteous marching; Great day! God's going to build up Zion's walls. PD Reprint
Great Rock Island Line
Popular Song
1882 - w.m. J.A. Roff N - Early version of The Wabash Cannonball. Very similar chorus, but not the same tune as best known today. PD Reprint
Green Sleeves
Folk Song
1580 - m. Sixteenth Century Melody V - Alas! my love you do me wrong, To cast me off discourteously. And I have loved you so long Delighting in your company C - Green Sleeves was all my joy, Green Sleeves was my delight, Green Sleeves was my heart of gold, And who but my Lady Green Sleeves PD Reprint
Gwine to Run All NightSee Camptown Races
Gwine Up (Going Up)
Spiritual
V - Oh, saints an' sinners will a you go. See de hebbenly land, I'm a gwine up to heaven for to see my robe, See de hebbenly land. C - Oh, yes, I'm gwine up, gwine up, gwine up, gwine up all the way Lord, Going up to see the heavenly land. PD Reprint
Gypsy Love Song
Traditional
1898 - "Slumber On" PD Reprint

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