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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.

 TitleV=Verse   C=Chorus   N=Note   P=Production
w=Words   m=Music
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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.
Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and Smile Smile Smile
Popular Song
1915 - m. Felix Powell, w. George Asaf V - Private Perks is a funny little codger With a smile a funny smile. Five feet none, he's an artful little dodger with a smile a funny smile. C - Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile. While you've a lucifer to light your fag, Smile, boys, that's the style. N - World War 1 marching song. Lucifer was a match, fag was a cigarette, and a kit bag was a canvas duffle bag. PD Reprint
Paddlin' Madelin' Home
Popular Song
1925 - w.m. Harry Woods PD Reprint
Pal Of Mine
Popular Song
1905 - m. Joseph S. Nathan, w. Bartley Costello PD Reprint
Pal of My Cradle Days
Popular Song
1925 - w. Marshall Montgomery, m. Al Piantadosi PD Reprint
Pal That I Loved Stole the Gal That I Loved
Popular Song
1924 - w.m. Harry Pease, Ed G. Nelson PD Reprint
Palm Leaf Rag
1903 - Scott Joplin PD Reprint
Panis AngelicusSee O Lord Most Holy - Panis Angelicus
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
Popular Song
1911 - m. Leon Jessel N - a.k.a. The Parade Of The Tin Soldiers. Original Piano Solo Without Lyrics. PD Reprint
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers - Song
Popular Song
1922 - m. Leon Jessel, w. Ballard MacDonald V - The toy shop door is locked up tight and ev'rything is quiet for the night. When suddenly the clock strikes twelve, the fun's begun. C - Her them all cheering, Now they are nearing, There's the captain stiff as starch. Bayonets flashing, Music is crashing, As the Wooden soldiers march. N - a.k.a. 'The Parade Of The Tin Soldiers - Die Parade der Zinnsoldaten. Song With Lyrics. PD Reprint
Parisian Pierot
Popular Song
1924 - w.m. Noel Coward PD Reprint
Popular Song
1924 - Grant Clarke, Edgar Leslie, Harry Warren PD Reprint
Pastime Rag No. 1
Artie Matthews PD Reprint
Christmas, Holiday
1720 - Burgundian Carol. w.m. Bernard de la Monnoye (1641-1728) V - Guillô, pran ton tamborin; Toi, pran tai fleúte, Rôbin! Au son de cé instruman, Turelurelu, patapatapan, C - Willie, get your little drum, Robin, bring your flute and come. Aren’t they fun to play upon? Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan; N - French, Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern, William Sandys,1833, London, p163. PD Reprint
Pathetique Sonata
1799 - Ludwig van Beethoven PD Reprint
Paul Revere's Ride
Instrumental, Keyboard
1905 - m. E. T. Paull N - March PD Reprint
Popular Song
1923 - m. Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton (1890-1941) PD Reprint
Peas Porridge Hot
1765 V - Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot nine days old! N - Also Bean Porridge Hot PD Reprint
Peg O' My Heart
Popular Song
1913 - m. Fred Fisher, w. Alfred Bryan PD Reprint
Pilgrim's Song
V - I'm a poor wayfarin' stranger, While journeyin' thro this world of woe. Yet there's no sickness, toil, and danger, In that bright world to which I go. C - I'm just a goin' over Jordan, I'm just a goin' over home. N - a.k.a. I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger PD Reprint
Pilgrims' Chorus ~ Tannhauser
m. Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883) V - I joy once more now; O home to behold thee C - All praise to thee eternally. All praise to thee eternally. N - From last act of Tannhauser. Alt Translation: Once more, dear home, I with rapture behold thee, And greet the fields that so sweetly enfold thee PD Reprint
Play A Simple Melody
Popular Song
1914 - w.m. Irving Berlin V - The different lays of now-a-days All set my brain a-whirl. They're not the kind of songs they sang When mother was a girl C - Won't you play a simple melody Like my mother sang to me. One with good old fashioned harmony. Play a simple melody. N - a.k.a. Won't You Play a Simple Melody PD Reprint
Play Gypsies - Dance Gypsies
Popular Song
1926 - w. Julius Brummer, Alfred Grunwald, Harry B. Smith, m. Emmerich Kalman PD Reprint
Play That Barbershop Chord
Popular Song
1910 - m. Lewis Muir, w. William Tracey, Ballard McDonald V - Down in a great big rathskellar where a swell colored fellow by the name of Bill Jefferson Lord played piano while he'd sing a song. C - Mister Jefferson Lord play that Barbershop chord, That soothing harmony, It makes an awful awful awful hit with me. PD Reprint
Please Do It AgainSee Do It Again (Please Do It Again)
Poet and Peasant Overture
1854 - von Suppe PD Reprint
Polly Wolly Doddle
1885 V - I went down south for to see my Sal, Sing polly wolly dooddle all the day' My sally am a spunky gal, Sing polly wolly doodle all the day C - Fare the well, fare thee well, fare thee well, my fairy fay. For I'm going to Lousiana , For to see my Susyanna, Sing polly wolly doodle all the day. PD Reprint
Pomp and Circumstance - No 1 in D
Popular Song
1902 - m. Edward Elgar N - March traditionally used for graduation ceremonies. PD Reprint
Poor Papa. He Got Nuthin' At All
Popular Song
1926 - w. Billy Rose, m. Harry Woods PD Reprint
Pop Goes the Weasel
Popular Song
1853 V - All around the cobbler's bench, The monkey chased the weasel; The monkey tho't twas all in fun, Pop goes the weasel. PD Reprint
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
1560 V - Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav'nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. PD Reprint
Prelude in C# Minor
1893 - Rachmaninoff PD Reprint
Pretty Baby
Popular Song
1916 - m. Tony Jackson, Egbert Van Alstyne, w. Gus Kahn PD Reprint
Pretty Girl is Like a Melody
Popular Song
1919 - w.m. Irving Berlin V - I have an ear for music, And I have an eye for a maid. I link a pretty girlie, With each pretty tune that's played. C - A pretty girl is like a melody That haunts you night and day. Just like the strain of a haunting refrain, She'll start upon a marathon And run around your brain. PD Reprint
Prince Of Wails
Popular Song
1924 - m. Elmer Schoebel PD Reprint
The Prisoner's HopeSee Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!
Prisoner's Song
Popular Song
1924 - w.m. Guy Massey PD Reprint
Put Away A Little Ray Of Golden Sunshine
Popular Song
1924 - w. Sam Lewis, Joe Young m. Fred Ahlert PD Reprint
Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet
Popular Song
1909 - m. Percy Weinrich, w. Stanley Murphy PD Reprint
Put Your Arms Around Me. Honey
Popular Song
1910 - m. Albert Von Tilzer, w. Junie McCree V - Nighttime am a fallin', ev'rything is still, And the moon am a shining from above. Cupid am a callin', ev'ry Jack and Jill, It's just about the time for making love. C - Put your arms around me honey, hold me tight. Huddle up and Cuddle up with all your might. Oh, babe, Won't you roll dem eyes, Eyes that I just idolize. PD Reprint
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