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IMPORTANT: This list is based on USA Copyright Law and is intended only as a help in researching public domain music. This list is NOT sufficient documentation that music is in the Public Domain. To prove PD status in the USA, you MUST find a published copy of the song with a copyright date of 1926 or earlier. Our PD Sheet Music Reprints are exact reprints of books and sheet music published in 1926 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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Songs are on this PD list if we have a pre-1927 PD sheet music publication in our library AND if anyone has asked about PD status of the song in the past 20 years.
Popular Song
1916 - m. Harry Tierney, w. Bert Hanlon, Bennie Ryan PD Reprint
Popular Song
1915 - m. Theodore F. Morse, w. Howard Johnson V - I've been around the world, you bet, But I never went to school, Hard knocks are all I seem to get, Perhaps I've been a fool. C - M is for the million things she gave me, O means only that she's growing old, T is for the tears were shed to save me, H is for her heart of purest gold . . . PD Reprint
Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me
Popular Song
1921 - m. Con Conrad, w. Sidney Clare PD Reprint
MacNamara's Band
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Maldito Tango
ND - m. O, Perez Freire (1878 - 1930), w. Luis Roldan N - Published in Large Format size without copyright notice or date by Casa Amarilla, Santiago Chile. Entered the public domain in the USA upon publication. PD Reprint
Mama Goes Where Papa Goes
Popular Song
1923 - w. Jack Yellen m. Milton Ager PD Reprint
Mama Loves Papa
Popular Song
1923 - w.m. Cliff Friend & Abel Baer PD Reprint
Mama's Gone, Goodbye
Popular Song
1924 - w.m. A. J. Piron & Peter Bocage PD Reprint
Man I Love
Popular Song
1924 - w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin PD Reprint
Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
1892 PD Reprint
Mandalay (Burtnett,Lyman,Arnheim)
Popular Song
1924 - w.m. Earl Burtnett, Abe Lyman & Gus Arnheim PD Reprint
Mandy Make Up Your Mind
Popular Song
1924 - w. Grant Clarke & Roy Turk m. George W. Meyer P - Dixie To Broadway PD Reprint
Popular Song
1925 - w. Lorenz Hart, m. Richard Rodgers PD Reprint
Manhattan Beach March
1893 - m. John Philip Sousa PD Reprint
Maple Leaf Rag
Ragtime, Music Hall
1899 - Scott Joplin PD Reprint
March of the Toys
Popular Song
1903 - m. Victor Herbert, w. Glen MacDonough P - Babes in Toyland - 1903, Musical PD Reprint
March of the Wee Folk
Instrumental, Keyboard
1914 - m. Jessie L. Gaynor PD Reprint
Marche Militaire
1826 - Schubert PD Reprint
Marching Through Georgia
War Song
1865 - Henry Clay Work V - Bring the good old bugle, boys we'll sing another song, Sing it will a spirit . . . C - While we're marching thro' Georgia, Hurrah Hurrah. We bring the Jubilee! PD Reprint
Popular Song
1920 - m. Con Conrad, J. Russel Robinson, w. Bennie Davis PD Reprint
Marriage of Figaro
1786 - Mozart PD Reprint
1885 - de Lisle PD Reprint
Mary Had A Little Lamb
1866 - Sarah Josepha Hale V - Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb, Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow. PD Reprint
Mary Lou
Popular Song
1926 - w.m. Abe Lyman, George Waggner, J. Russel Robinson PD Reprint
Mary's A Grand Old Name
Popular Song
1905 - w.m. George M. Cohan PD Reprint
Maryland, My Maryland!
1861 - Randall PD Reprint
Massa's in de Cold Ground
1852 - w.m. Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864) V - Round de meadows am a ringing De darkey's mournful song, While de mocking bird am singing, Happy as de day am long. C - Donw in de cornfield, Hear dat mournful sound; All de darkeys am a-weeping, Massa's in de cold, cold ground. PD Reprint
Popular Song
1924 - w. Buddy DeSylva, m. Vincent Rose PD Reprint
Me Too
Popular Song
1926 - w.m. Harry Woods, Charles Tobias, Al Sherman PD Reprint
Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis
Popular Song
1904 - m. Kerry Mills, w. Andrew Sterling PD Reprint
Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland
Popular Song
1909 - m. Leo Friedman, w. Beth Slater Whitson PD Reprint
Popular Song
1915 - m. Egbert Van Alstyne, w. Gus Kahn PD Reprint
Memory Lane
Popular Song
1924 - w. B. G. De Sylva m. Larry Spier & Con Conrad PD Reprint
Memphis Blues
Popular Song
1912 - w.m. William C. Handy V - Folks I've just been down, down to Memphis town, That's where the people smile, smile on you all the while. Hospitality, they were good to me C - They got a fiddler there that always slickens his hair, an' folks he sure do pull some bow, And when the big Bassoon seconds to the Trombones croon, croon N - a.k.a. Mr. Crump PD Reprint
Memphis Blues - Song
Popular Song
1908 - m. W. C. Handy, w. George A. Norton P - Honey Boy Minstrels V - Folks, I've just been down, down to Memphis town, That's where the people smile, smile on you all the while C - They got a fidler there that always slickens his hair, an' folks he sure do pull some bow, And when the big Bassoon seconds to the Trombones croon PD Reprint
A Merry LifeSee Funiculi Funicula
Merry Widow Waltz
Instrumental, Keyboard
1908 - m. Franz Lehar PD Reprint
The Merry Widow Waltz (with lyrics)See I Love You So (Merry Widow Waltz)
Mexicali Rose
Popular Song
1923 - w. Helen Stone, m. Jack B. Tenney V - Mexicali Rose, I'm leaving. Don't feel blue. Mexicali Rose, stop grieving; I love you. C - Mexicali Rose, stop crying; I'll come back to you some sunny day. Ev'ry night you'll know that I'll be pining, Ev'ry hour a year while I'm away. PD Reprint
Michael Row the Boat Ashore
1867 V - Michael row de boat ashore. Hallelujah! Michael boat a gospel boat, Hallelujah! N - Arrangements by folk singers of the 1950s are almost certainly under copyright protection. PD Reprint
Midnight Waltz
Popular Song
1925 - w. Gus Kahn, m. Walter Donaldson PD Reprint
Mighty Lak' a Rose
Popular Song
1901 - m. Ethelbert Nevin, w. Frank Stanton PD Reprint
Milenberg Joys
Popular Song
1925 - m. Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton (1890-1941) PD Reprint
Minuet in G ~ Beethoven
1796 - Beethoven PD Reprint
Moment Musicale
1823 - Schubert PD Reprint
Mon Paradis (Serenade d'Aujourd'hui)
Popular Song
1923 - m. Cuthbert Clarke PD Reprint
Montmartre Rose
Popular Song
1925 - w.m. Tommy Lyman PD Reprint
Moon Love
Popular Song
1923 - m. Jerome Kern, w. George Grossmith, Jr., P. G. Wodehouse P - The Beauty Prize PD Reprint
Moonlight and Roses
Popular Song
1925 - w.m. Edwin H. Lemare, Ben Black, Neil Moret V - When vesper bells are ringing, I hear sweet voices singing, As evening shadows fall. C - Moonlight and roses Bring wonderful mem'ries of you. My heart reposes In beautiful thoughts so true. PD Reprint
Moonlight Bay
Popular Song
1912 - m. Percy Weinrich, w. Edward Madden PD Reprint
Moonlight On The Ganges
Popular Song
1926 - w. Chester Wallace, m. Sherman Myers PD Reprint
Moonlight Sonata
1802 PD Reprint
More We Are Together
Popular Song
1926 - w.m. Irving King, Pseud: James Alexander Campbell-Tyrie (1903–1967) and Reginald John Connelly (1895–1963) N - "Based on ""Did You Ever See A Lassie""" PD Reprint
Mother Machree
Popular Song
1910 - m. Chauncey Olcott, Ernest Ball, w. Rida Johnson Young V - There's a spot in me heart which no colleen may own, There's a depth in me soul never sounded or known; There's a place in my mem'ry, my life, that you fill, No other can take it, no one ever will. C - Sure, I love the dear silver that shines in your hair, And the kiss the dear fingers, so toil-worn for me, Oh, God bless you and keep you, Mother Machree! PD Reprint
Mountain Greenery
Popular Song
1926 - w. Lorenz Hart, m. Richard Rodgers PD Reprint
Mountains O' Mourne
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Popular Song
1924 - w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Rudolf Friml P - Rose Marie PD Reprint
Mowing the Barley
PD Reprint
Mr. Crump (Memphis Blues)See The Memphis Blues
Mr. Jelly-Lord
Popular Song
1923 - m. Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton (1890-1941) PD Reprint
Mulberry Bush
V - Here we go round the mulberry bush, so early in the morning. C - This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands . . . so early in the morning. N - a.k.a. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. Also action song This Is The Way We Wash Our Hands PD Reprint
My Best Girl
Popular Song
1924 - w.m. Walter Donaldson PD Reprint
My Best Girl's A New Yorker
1895 - w.m. John Stromberg V - Singing in praise of your sweetheart describing her many perfections C - My best girl's a Corker. Not the kind that's slow. Born and bred New Yorker I would have you know. PD Reprint
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
V - My Bonnie lies over the ocean, My Bonnie lies over the sea, My Bonnie lies over the ocean, Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me. C - Bring back, bring back, bring back my Bonnie to me, to me. Bring back, bring back, Oh! bring back my Bonnie to me. PD Reprint
My Country! 'Tis of TheeSee America
My Dream Of The Big Parade
Popular Song
1926 - w. Al Dubin, m. Jimmy McHugh PD Reprint
My Gal Sal
Popular Song
1905 - w.m. Paul Dresser PD Reprint
My Isle of Golden Dreams
Popular Song
1919 - m. Walter Blaufuss, w. Gus Kahn V - Out of the mist, lips I have kissed, call tenderly. Out of the west, hands I have pressed, Beckon to me. PD Reprint
My Little Nest Of Heavenly Blue
Popular Song
1923 - w. A.M. Wilner, Heinz Reichert, Sigmund Spaeth, m. Franz Lehar PD Reprint
My Lord, Delibered Daniel
V - I met a pilgrim on de way, An' I ask him what he's a gwine. I'm bound for Canaan's happy lan', An' dis is de shouting band. C - My Lord delibered Daniel . . . Why can't he deliber me? PD Reprint
My Mammy
Popular Song
1920 - m. Walter Donaldson, w. Sam Lewis, Joe Young V - Ev'ry thing seems lonely When you start to roam. The birds are singing the day that you stray But wait until you are further away. C - Mammy, Mammy, The sun shines East, the sun shines West, But I just learned where the sun shines best. Mammy Mammy. PD Reprint
My Man (Mon Homme)
Popular Song
1921 - m. Maurice Yvain, w. Channing Pollock PD Reprint
My Melancholy Baby
Popular Song
1912 - m. Ernie Burnett, w. George A. Norton V - Come sweetheart mine, Don't sit and pine, Tell me of the cares that make you feel so blue. What have I done? Answer me, Hon' C - Come to me, my melancholy baby, Cuddle up and don't be blue; All your fears are foolish fancy, may be, You know dear that I am strong for you. PD Reprint
My Mother's Rosary
Popular Song
1915 - m. George Meyer, w. Sam Lewis PD Reprint
My Old Kentucky Home
1853 - w.m. Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864) V - The sun shines bright in my old Kentucky home, 'Tis summer, the darkies are gay C - Weep no more, my lady, Oh! Weep no more today! PD Reprint
My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon
1892 V - Ev'rybody has a sweetheart underneath the rose, Ev'rybody loves a body, so the old song goes. C - My sweetheart's thj man in the moon, I'm going to marry him soon, 'Twould fill me with bliss, just to give him one kiss . . . PD Reprint
My Sweetie Turned Me Down
Popular Song
1925 - w. Gus Kahn, m. Walter Donaldson PD Reprint
My Sweetie Went Away
Popular Song
1923 - w. Roy Turk m. Lou Handman PD Reprint
My Time Is Your Time
Popular Song
1924 - w. Eric Little m. Leo Dance PD Reprint
My Wild Irish Rose
1899 - Chauncy Olcott V - If you listen I'll sing you a sweet little song, Of a flower that's now droped and dead. Yet dearer to me, yes, than all of its mates, Tho' each holds aloft it's proud head. C - My wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flow'r that grows. You may search everywhere, but none can compare, with my wild Irish Rose. PD Reprint
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