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RBest Known Public Domain SongsR List of 28


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
1 - 3  $5 ea
4 up  $4 ea
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.
Raggedy Ann
Popular Song
1923 - w. Anne Caldwell m. Jerome Kern PD Reprint
Ragging the Scale
Popular Song
1915 - m. Edward B. Claypool PD Reprint
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Popular Song
1912 - m. Lewis F. Muir, Maurice Abrahams, w. Grant Clarke PD Reprint
Reaching For The Moon [Davis-Greer]
Popular Song
1926 - w.m. Benny Davis, Jessee Greer N - NOT Reaching For The Moon, 1931, w.m. Irving Berlin PD Reprint
Red Hot Mama
Popular Song
1924 - w.m. Gilbert Wells, Bud Cooper & Fred Rose PD Reprint
Red Wing
Popular Song
1907 - m. Kerry Mills, w. Thurland Chattaway V - There once lived an Indian maid, A shy little prairie maid, Who sang a lay, a long song gay, As on the plain she'd while away the day. C - Now, the moon shines tonight on pretty Red Wing, the breeze is sighing, the night bird's crying, For afar 'neath his star her brave is sleeping, While Red Wing's weeping her heart away. PD Reprint
Popular Song
1923 - w.m. Vivian Duncan & Rosetta Duncan PD Reprint
Popular Song
1925 - w.m. Irving Berlin PD Reprint
Reuben and Rachel
1871 V - Reuben I have long been thinking, What a good world this might be; If the men were all transported, Far beyond the Northern Sea. PD Reprint
Rhapsody In Blue
Popular Song
1924 - m. George Gershwin N - Harms Music 1924 Publication: Sheet Music PD Reprint
The RiddleSee I Gave My Love a Cherry
Rings on My FingersSee I've Got Rings On My Fingers
Riverboat Shuffle
Popular Song
1925 - m. Hoagy Carmichael & Irving Mills PD Reprint
Roamin' In The Gloamin'
Popular Song
1911 - m. Harry Lauder, w. George Grafton PD Reprint
Robin Adair
1750 PD Reprint
Rock A Bye Baby
1765 V - Rock a bye baby on the tree top, When the wind blows the cradle will rock PD Reprint
Rock-A-Bye My Baby Blues
Popular Song
1924 - w. Larry Yoell, m. Billy Hill PD Reprint
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
Popular Song
1918 - m. Jean Schwartz, w. Sam Lewis, Joe Young PD Reprint
Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep
1849 P - J. P. Kinight V - Rock'd in the cradle of the deep, I lay me down in peace to sleep. C - . . . And calm and peaceful is my sleep, Rock'd in the cradle of the deep. PD Reprint
Rose Marie
Popular Song
1924 - w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Rudolf Friml P - Rose Marie PD Reprint
Rose Of Washington Square
Popular Song
1919 - m. James F. Hanley, w. Ballard MacDonald PD Reprint
Rosebud - Two Step and March
Ragtime, Music Hall
1905 - m. Scott Joplin (1867 - 1917) PD Reprint
Roses of Picardy
Popular Song
1916 - m. Haydn Wood, w. Frederick E. Weatherly PD Reprint
Row Row Row
Popular Song
1912 - m. James V. Monaco, w. William Jerome PD Reprint
Row Row Row Your Boat
V - Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream.Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream. PD Reprint
Royal Garden Blues
Popular Song
1919 - w.m. Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams V - No use of talkin' no use of talkin' You'll start in dog walkin' no matter where. There's jazz-copation blues modulation, Just like a Haitian you'll rip and tear. Most ev'rybody likes the blues. C - Hon, don't you hear that trombone moan? Just listen to that saxophone. You'll hear 'em playin' you'll hear 'em playing. Soon you'll be sayin' 'Hon jazz me round' PD Reprint
Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown (What You Going' to Do When the Rent Comes 'Round?)See What You Goin' To Do When The Rent Comes 'Round
Rustle of Spring
1896 - Sinding PD Reprint
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