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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
Ja-Da
Popular Song
1918 - w.m. Bob Carleton V - You've heard all about your raggy melodies, Ev'ry thing from opera down to harmony, But I've a little song that I will sing to you C - Ja Da, Ja Da, Ja Da, Ja Dah, Jing, Jing, Jing. . . . That's a funny little bit of melody. It's so soothing and appealing to me. PD Reprint
Jack and Jill
Children
H. L. Handy V - Jack and Jill went up the hill, To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down . . . PD Reprint
Jack Be Nimble
Children
V - Jack, be nimble, Jack, be quick. Jack, jump over the candle stick. PD Reprint
Jacob's Ladder
Spiritual
V - We are climbing Jacob's ladder C - Soldier of the Cross PD Reprint
Japanese Sandman
Popular Song
1920 - m. Richard Whiting, w. Raymond Egan V - Won't you stretch imagination for the moment and come with me. Let us hasten to a nation lying over the western sea. C - Here's the Japanese Sandman Sneaking on with the dew. Just an old second hand man He'll buy your old day from you. He will take every sorrow Of the day that is through PD Reprint
Jazz Me Blues
Popular Song
1921 - w.m. Tom Delaney V - Down in Louisiana in that sunny clime, They play a class of music that is super fine, And it makes no difference if it's rain or shine C - Jazz me, Come on professor and Jazz me. You know I like my dancin' both day and night, And if I don't get my jazzin I Don't feel right PD Reprint
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Popular Song
1854 - w.m. Stephen Collins Foster PD Reprint
Jelly Roll Blues
Popular Song
1915 - Ferd [Ferdinand] Morton N - No lyrics. PD Reprint
Jenny Lind Polka
Traditional
1800's - PD Reprint
Jim Crack CornSee The Blue Tail Fly
Jingle Bells
Christmas, Holiday
1857 - w.m. James Pierpont V - Jingle Bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. On what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. C - Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. PD Reprint
Joan Of Arc They Are Calling You
Popular Song
1917 - m. Jack Wells, w. Alfred Bryan, Willie Weston PD Reprint
Joe Turner Blues
Traditional
1915 - W.C. Handy V - You'll never miss the water till your well runs dry, You'll never miss Joe Turner tile he say 'Good Bye'. Sweet Babe, I'm goin' to leave you and the time ain't long C - You will be sorry, be sorry from your heart. Sorry to your heart, Some day when you and I must part. And ev'ry time you hear a whisle blow PD Reprint
Jogo Blues
Traditional
1913 - W.C. Handy PD Reprint
John Anderson, My Jo
Traditional
1827 - V - John Anderson, my jo, John, When we were first acquent, Your locks were like the raven, Your bonny brow was brent; PD Reprint
John Brown's Body
Traditional
1861 - PD Reprint
Jolly Good Fellow
College
PD Reprint
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Christmas, Holiday
ca. 1860 - w. possibly Benjamin Hanby, m. James Lord Pierpont V - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Lean your ear this way; Don't you tell a single soul What I'm going to say, PD Reprint
Josephine, My Jo
Popular Song
1901 - m. James T. Brymn, w. Cecil Mack PD Reprint
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Traditional
1865 - PD Reprint
Juanita
Traditional
1850 - V - Soft o'er the fountain, Ling'ring falls the southern moon; Faro'er the mountain, Breaks the day too soon! In they dark eye's slendor, Where the warm light loves to dwell PD Reprint
Just A Baby's Prayer At Twilight
Popular Song
1918 - m. M.K. Jerome, w. Sam Lewis, Joe Young PD Reprint
Just A Song At TwilightSee Love's Old Sweet Song
Just Before the Battle, Mother
Traditional
1864 - Root PD Reprint

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