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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.
Yankee Doodle
1775 or Ea - m. British War Song,1400s Dutch Harvest Song, w. Unknown V - Yankee Doodle went to town, A-riding on a pony; He stuck a feather in his hat, And called it macaroni. C - Yankee Doodle, keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy. Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be handy! N - There are numerous versions of the lyrics. PD Reprint
Yankee Doodle Boy
1904 - w.m. George M. Cohan V - I'm the kid that's all the candy, I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy. I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, I'm glad I am. So's Uncle Sam. C - I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, A Yankee Doodle, do or die; A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam's, born on the Fourth of July. N - a.k.a. Yankee Doddle Dandy PD Reprint
Yearning (Just For You)
Popular Song
1925 - w.m. Benny Davis, Joe Burke PD Reprint
Yellow Dog Blues
Popular Song
1914 - m. W. C. Handy PD Reprint
Yellow Rose of Texas
1853 V - There's a yellow rose in Texas that I am going to see, No other darkey knows here, no darkey only me; She cried so when I left her, it like to broke my heart C - She's the sweetest rose of color this darkey ever knew, Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew. PD Reprint
Yes Sir! That's My Baby
Popular Song
1925 - w. Gus Kahn, m. Walter Donaldson V - Who's that coming down the street? Who's that looking so petite? C - Yes, Sir, That's my Baby. No, Sir, Don't mean Maybe. Yes, Sir, That's my Baby now. PD Reprint
Yes! We Have No Bananas
Popular Song
1923 - w.m. Frank Silver & Irving Cohn V - There's a fruit store on out street. It's run by a Greek. And he keeps good thing to eat. But you should hear him speak. C - YES! We have no bananas. We have no bananas today. We've string beans and HONions, cabBAHges and scallions And all kind of fruit and say PD Reprint
You'll Never Miss Your Mother Until She's Gone
Popular Song
1923 - Sung by Ethel Waters PD Reprint
You're A Grand Old Flag
1906 - w.m. George M. Cohan V - There's a feeling comes a-stealing, And it set my brain a-reeling. C - You're a grand old flag, You're a high flying flag, and forever in peace may you wave. PD Reprint
You're Just A Flower From An Old Bouquet
Popular Song
1924 - w. Gwynne Denni, m. Lucien Denni PD Reprint
You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline
Popular Song
1903 - m. Harry Armstrong, w. Richard Gerard Husch PD Reprint
You've Got To See Mama Ev'ry Night
Popular Song
1923 - w.m. Con Conrad & Billy Rose PD Reprint
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