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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
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.
Zip Coon
ca. 1835 - m. Daniel Decatur Emmett, w. Daniel Decatur Emmett V - 1835 - O old zip Coon he is a larned skoler . . Sings possum up a gum tree an coony in a holler
1900s - There once was a man with a double chin, Who performed with skill on the violin
N - Very early Minstrel Song with many different lyrics.
Tune: Turkey in the Straw, a.k.a. Old Zip Coon
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