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 TitleV=Verse   C=Chorus   N=Note   P=Production
w=Words   m=Music
1 - 3  $5 ea
4 up  $4 ea
A B C D E F GSee Alphabet Song
A-Hunting We Will Go
Traditional
1777 - Traditional PD Reprint
A-Tisket A-Tasket
Children
1879 V - Itiskit, Itasket, Green and yellow basket, I wrote a letter to my love, And on the way I dropped it N - Also ITisket I Tasket PD Reprint
Aba Daba Honeymoon
Popular Song
1914 - w.m. Arthur Fields, Walter Donaldson V - Way down in the Congo land lived a happy chimpanzee, She loved a monkey with a long tail, (Lordy, how she loved him!) C - 'Aba, daba, daba, daba, daba, daba, dab' Said the chimpie to the Monk. 'Baba, daba, daba, daba, daba, daba, dab' Said the Monkey to the Chimp. PD Reprint
ABC Tumble Down D
Children
V - A B C tumble down D. The cat's in the cupboard and can't see me. PD Reprint
Abdulla Bulbul Ameer
Traditional
1877 - w.m. Percy French V - The sons of the Prophet are valiant and bold, And are wholly impervious to fear, But the bravest of all or at least so I'm told is Abdulla Bul-Bul Ameer. C - . . . of Abdulla Bul-Bul Ameer | . . . of Ivan Petrofski Skovar PD Reprint
Abide With Me
Hymn
w. H.F. Lytle, m. W.H. Monk V - Abide with me, Fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide. PD Reprint
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder
Popular Song
1900 - m. Herbert Dillea, w. Arthur Gillespie PD Reprint
Ach Du Lieber Augustin
Traditional
1815 N - Tune: Did You Ever See A Lassie PD Reprint
Adeste Fideles
Christmas, Holiday
1751 - w.m. John Francis Wade V - Adeste fideles, Laeti triumphantes, Venite, venite in Bethlehem. Natum videte. Regem angelorum. C - Venite adoremus, venite adoremus, Venite adoremus, Dominum. N - Latin: O Come All Ye Faithful PD Reprint
Ae Fond Kiss
Traditional
w. Robert Burns, m. Trad Scotch V - Ae fond kiss, and then we sever! Ae farewell, and then forever! Deep in heart wrung tears I'll pledge thee, Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee. N - Tune: Hi Oro 'S Na Horo Eile, Alternate Tune: Rory Dall's Port PD Reprint
Afghanistan
Popular Song
1920 - m. Harry Donnelly, w. William Wilander PD Reprint
After the Ball
Popular Song
1892 - w.m. Charles K. Harris V - A bright little maiden climbed an old man's knee. Begged for a story, 'Do Uncle please?' Why are you single, why live alone? C - After the ball is over, After the break of morn, After the dancers leaving, After the stars have gone; PD Reprint
After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It
Popular Song
1920 - w.m. Irving Berlin V - Listen to me honey dear, Something's wrong with you I fear. It's getting harder to please you, Harder and harder each year. C - After you get what you want you don't want it, If I gave you the moon, You'd grow tired of it soon. You're like a baby You want what you want when you want it. PD Reprint
After You've Gone
Popular Song
1918 - m. Turner Layton, w. Henry Creamer V - Now won't you listen honey while I say How could you tell me that you're going away C - After you've gone and left me crying, After you've gone There's no denying, you'll feel blue, You'll feel sad PD Reprint
Afternoon of a Faun
Traditional
1895 - Debussy PD Reprint
Aggravatin' Papa
Popular Song
1922 - w.m. Roy Turk, J. Russell Robinson, Addie Britt PD Reprint
Agincourt Carol
Traditional
1415 - Traditional British V - Owre kynge went forth to Normandy With grace and myght of chyvalry C - Deo gracias Anglia redde provictoria. N - a.k.a. Song of Agincourt PD Reprint
Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!
Traditional
1850 - Stephen Collins Foster PD Reprint
Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
Popular Song
1910 - m. Victor Herbert (1859-1924), w. Rida Johnson Young (1875-1926) P - Naughty Marietta - 1910, Operetta V - Ah! Sweet Mysteryt of life, at last I've found thee. Ah! I know at last the secret of it all; All the longing, seeking, striving, waiting . . . C - . . . For it is love alone that rules for aye! PD Reprint
Aikendrum
Traditional
Traditional Scots V - Ken you hear how a Whig can fight, Aikendrum, Aikendrum? . . . He can fight, the hero bright, With his heels and armour light PD Reprint
Ain't That Good News
Spiritual
V - I've got a crown up in the Kingdom C - I'm a-goin' to lay down this world . . . Ain't that good news! PD Reprint
Ain't We Got Fun
Popular Song
1921 - m. Richard Whiting, w. Gus Kahn, Raymond Egan V - Bill collectors gather 'Round and rather, Haunt the cottage next door. Men the grocer and butcher sent, Men who call for the rent. C - Ev'ry morning, ev'ry evening, Ain't we got fun. Not much money Oh but honey Ain't we got fun. The rents unpaid dear, We haven't a bus . . . PD Reprint
Ain't You Coming Back to Dixieland
Popular Song
1917 - m. Richard A. Whiting, w. Raymond Egan PD Reprint
Air for the G String
Classical
1700 - m. Johann Sebastian Bach PD Reprint
Alabama Jubilee
Popular Song
1915 - m. George L. Cobb, w. Jack Yellen PD Reprint
Alcoholic Blues (Some Blues)
Popular Song
1919 - m. Albert Von Tilzer, w. Edward Laska V - I love my country, 'deed I do C - I've got the blues, I've go the alcoholic blues PD Reprint
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Popular Song
1911 - w.m. Irving Berlin V - Oh, ma honey, Better hurry and let's meander, Ain't you goin', To the leader man, ragged meter man? Oh, ma honey. C - Come on and hear, Come on and hear Alexander's ragtime band, Come and hear, Come on and hear, It's the best band in the land. PD Reprint
Alice Blue Gown
Popular Song
1919 - m. Harry Tierney, w. Joe McCarthy V - I once had a gown it was almost new, Oh, the daintiest thing, it was sweet Alice Blue C - In my sweet little Alice Blue Gown, When I first wandered down into town PD Reprint
All Aboard For Dixie Land
Popular Song
1913 - m. George L. Cobb, w. Jack Yellen PD Reprint
All Alone
Popular Song
1911 - m. Harry Von Tilzer, w. Will Dillon PD Reprint
All By Myself
Popular Song
1921 - w.m. Irving Berlin V - I'm so unhappy. What'll I do, I long for somebody who, will sympathize with me; C - All by myself in the morning, All by myself in the night; I sit alone in a cosy Morris chair, So unhappy there Playing solitaire. PD Reprint
All Creatures of Our God and King
Hymn
m. Peter von Brachel, w. St Francis of Assissi N - w. (Can­ti­co di frat­re so­le, Song of Bro­ther Sun), m. Lasst Uns Er­freu­en English Translation 1919 - English words likely PD ONLY in US and Canada PD Reprint
All God's Children Got Wings
Spiritual
1865 V - I got shoes, you got shoes, all god's chillen got shoes. N - a.k.a. Going to Shout All Over God's Heaven PD Reprint
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Hymn
1909 - w. E. Perronet, m. Oliver Holden PD Reprint
All Night Long
Popular Song
1912 - w.m. Shelton Brooks PD Reprint
All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight
Traditional
1863 - Beers. Hewitt PD Reprint
All She'd Say Was Umh-Umn
Popular Song
1920 - w.m. Jack Dill, Mac Emery, Gus Van, Joe Schenck V - I never cared for birds or flowers or buzzing ot eh bees until today C - Like a sweet coooin' dove I'm just bbbling with love Umh Hum Umh-Hum PD Reprint
All The Quakers Are Shoulder Shakers
Popular Song
1919 - m. Pete Wendling, w. Bert Kalmar, Edgar Leslie V - Oh, I just got back today, From a town not far away. I've been looking at the Quakers, In their clothes of gray; C - All the Quakers are shoulder shakers, Down in Quaker town, Things are upside down--The Jazz Bug bit 'em, How it hit 'em. PD Reprint
All The World Will Be Jealous Of Me
Popular Song
1917 - m. Ernest Ball, w. Al Dubin PD Reprint
All Through the Night
Christmas, Holiday
w. 1884, Sir Harold Boulton, m. 1784, Welch Folksong Ar Hy y Nos V - Sleep my child and peace attend thee, All through the night. Guardian angels God will send thee, All through the night. N - Alt Verse: Sleep my babe, lie still and slumber, All through the night PD Reprint
Alma MaterSee Far Above Cayuga's Waters
Aloha Oe
Folk Song
1878 - w.m. Queen Liliuokolani PD Reprint
Along The Rocky Road To Dublin
Popular Song
1915 - m. Bert Grant, w. Joe Young V - Said Pat McGee, now listen to me, I've heard you fellows brag about your beauties over here C - Along the rocky road to Dublin we were singing along, singing a song with joy me heart was bubblin' with Cordelia by me side PD Reprint
Alouette
Folk Song
1885 - French Canadian Folk Song V - Je te plumerai la tête, Je te plumerai la tête, Et la tête! Et la tête! Alouette! Alouette! A-a-a-ah. C - Alouette, gentille alouette, Alouette, je te plumerai. PD Reprint
Alphabet Song
Children
V - A, B, C, D, E, F, G. H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P. PD Reprint
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Classical
Richard Strauss N - 2001 Space Odyssey Theme PD Reprint
Alt Heidelberg
Traditional
1853 - Victor von Scheffel PD Reprint
Always Leave Them Laughing (When You Say Goodbye)
Popular Song
1903 - w.m. George M. Cohan PD Reprint
Amazing Grace
Hymn
1779 - John Newton V - Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound! That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. PD Reprint
America
Patriotic
1832 - m. British National Anthem, w. Rev. Samuel Francis Smith V - My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing. N - a.k.a. My Country 'Tis of Thee PD Reprint
America the Beautiful
Patriotic
1913 - m. Samuel A. Ward, w. Katharine Lee Bates V - O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain. PD Reprint
America, Here's My Boy
Popular Song
1917 - m. Arthur Lange, w. Andrew B. Sterling V - There's a million mothing knocking at the nations door, A million mothers, yes, and there'll be millions more C - America, I raised a boy for you. America, you'll find him staunch and true, Place a gun upon his shoulder, He is ready to die or do. PD Reprint
America, I Love You
Popular Song
1915 - m. Archie Gottler, w. Edgar Leslie V - Amid fields of clover, 'Twas just a little over A hundred years ago, A handful of strangers, They faced many dangers To make their country grow C - America, I love you, You're like a sweetheart of mine, From ocean to ocean, for you my devotion, Is touching each bound'ry line PD Reprint
American Beauty Rag
Traditional
Joseph Lamb PD Reprint
American Patrol March
Patriotic
1885 - m. Frank W. Meacham PD Reprint
Anchors Aweigh
Patriotic
1906 - m. 2Lt. Charles A. Zimmermann, USMC, w. Capt. Alfred H. Miles, USN V - Stand Navy down the field, Sails set to the sky, We'll never change our course, So Army you steer shy-y-y-y C - Anchors aweigh my boys, anchors aweigh. N - See US Naval Academy web site. The words were rewritten in 1926, and any lyrics written after 1922 are NOT PD. PD Reprint
Angel's Serenade
Traditional
1867 - Gaetano Braga PD Reprint
Angels Ever Bright and Fair
Traditional
Handel PD Reprint
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Christmas, Holiday
w. 1816 - W. James Montgomery, m. 1867 - Henry T. Smart V - Angels, from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth. Ye who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth. C - Come and worship, Come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King. PD Reprint
Angels We Have Heard on High
Christmas, Holiday
w. 1700s French Carol, m. medieval French Carol Gloria V - Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o'er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains. C - Glo-o-o-o-oria, in excelsis Deo! Glo-o-o-o-oria, in excelsis Deo! N - w. translatied Bishop James Chadwick (1831-1882) translation, m. arranged Edward Shippen Barnes (1887-1958) PD Reprint
Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Traditional
PD Reprint
Angelus
Popular Song
1913 - m. Victor Herbert, w. Robert V. Smith PD Reprint
Animals Went In Two by Two
Traditional
Traditional English PD Reprint
Annie Laurie
Traditional
1838 - w. Douglas of Fingland, m. Lady John Scott PD Reprint
Annie Lisle
Traditional
1860 - w.m. H.S. Thompson N - Often used for Alma Mater tune. a.k.a. Far Above Cayuga's Waters PD Reprint
Antoinette
Traditional
1906 - Scott Joplin PD Reprint
Anvil Chorus
Traditional
w.m. Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901) P - Trovatore - 1857, Opera PD Reprint
Any Little Girl That's A Nice Little Girl
Popular Song
1910 - m. Fred Fischer, w. Thomas J. Gray V - Said she, C - Amy little girl that's a nice little girl is the right little girl for me PD Reprint
Any Old Port In A Storm
Popular Song
1908 - m. Kerry Mills, w. Arthur Lamb PD Reprint
Any Old Time At All
Popular Song
1906 - m. Jean Schwartz, w. William Jerome PD Reprint
Any Time
Popular Song
1921 - w.m. Herbert Happy Lawson V - I'm sad and blue 'bout nobody but you, Why you don't seem the same to me. I told you that I love'd you right from the start . . . C - Any time that you are lonely, Any time that you are blue, Any time you feel down hearted, That will prove to you my love is true . . . PD Reprint
Anything is Nice If It Comes From Dixieland
Popular Song
1919 - w.m. Grant Clarke, Geo. W. Meyer, Milton Ager V - Ev'ry winter you will notice that the birdies in the sky, to the south will always fly C - Just to make our clothes the cotton grows, in dear old Alabam' PD Reprint
April Showers
Popular Song
1921 - m. Louis Silvers, w. Bud DeSylva PD Reprint
Arabian Nights
Popular Song
1918,1919 - m. M. David and Wm. Hewitt, w. Herbert Reynolds V - With what joy girl and boy have always loved to look C - Arabian nights, golden nights, dear delights of oriental mystery PD Reprint
Are You From Dixie ('Cause I'm From Dixie Too)
Popular Song
1915 - m. George L. Cobb, w. Jack Yellen PD Reprint
Are You Half The Man Your Mother Thought You'd Be
Popular Song
1916 - m. Harry De Costa, w. Leo Wood V - Have you ever stopped to think of how you sat at mothers' knee, While she planned your future with you, pictured what a man you'd be? C - Have you kept your promise to her, That you made while on her knee? Can you truly say You're half the man today That she always thought you'd be? PD Reprint
Are You Sleeping? (Frere Jacque)
Children
V - Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Brother John, Brother John. Morning bells are ringing . . . ding ding dong. N - Also See: Frere Jacque PD Reprint
Arkansas Traveler
Traditional
1851 PD Reprint
Arrah Wanna
Popular Song
1906 - m. Theodore F. Morse, w. Jack Drislane PD Reprint
Arrah, Go On, I'm Gonna Go Back To Oregon
Popular Song
1916 - m. Bert Grant, w. Joe Young, Sam Lewis PD Reprint
Artist's Life
Traditional
1867 - J Strauss PD Reprint
As Long As The World Rolls On
Popular Song
1907 - m. Ernest Ball, w. George Graff PD Reprint
Ash Grove
Traditional
Traditional Welsh V - The ash grove how graceful, how plainly 'tis speaking, The harp thro' it playing has language for me. C - The friends of my childhood again are before me, Each step wakes a mem'ry as freely I roam. N - Welsh Llwyn On. Many versions exist. PD Reprint
Asleep in the Deep
Traditional
1897 PD Reprint
Assembly (Bugle Call)
Traditional
Traditional PD Reprint
At a Georgia Camp Meeting
Ragtime, Music Hall
1897 - m. Kerry Mills N - March, Two-Step, Polka, or Cake Walk PD Reprint
At A Mississipi Cabaret
Popular Song
1914 - m. Albert Gumble, w. A. Seymour Brown PD Reprint
At Dawning
Popular Song
1906 - m. Charles Wakefield Cadman, w. Nelle Richmond Eberthart V - When the dawn flames in the sky I love you; When the birdling wak and cry, I love you PD Reprint
At the Ball, That's All
Popular Song
1913 - w.m. J. Leubrie Hill P - Ziegfield Follies of 1913 - 1913, Musical Variety PD Reprint
At The Devil's Ball
Popular Song
1913 - w.m. Irving Berlin V - I had a dream, last night, That filled me full of fright: I dreamt that I was with the Devil below, In his great big fiery hall. C - At the Devil's Ball, At the Devil's Ball I saw the cute Mrs. Devil, so pretty and fat, Dress'd in a beautiful fireman's hat; PD Reprint
Au Clair De La Lune
Traditional
1811 - w. Jean-Baptiste Lully (?), m. Traditional French 1800s V - Au clair de la lune, Mon ami Pierrot, Pretemoi ta plume Pour ecrire un mot. Ma chandelle est morte, Je n'ai plus de feu; Ouvremo ta porte Pour l'amour de Dieu. PD Reprint
Au Revoir, But Not Good Bye
Popular Song
1917 - m. Albert Von Tilzer, w. Lew Brown PD Reprint
Auld Lang Syne
Christmas, Holiday
w. 1788 Robert Burns, m. Scottish Air V - Should auld acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind, C - For Auld Lang Syne, my dear, We'll take a cup o' kindness yet, For Auld Lang Syne. PD Reprint
Auld Robin Gray
Traditional
w. Lady Anne Lindsay PD Reprint
Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party
Traditional
1867 PD Reprint
Aunt Hagar's Children Blues
Popular Song
1921 - w. Lt. J. Tim Brymm, m. W.C. Handy V - Old Deacon Splivin', his flock was givin' The way of livin' right, Said he 'No wingin' no ragtime singin' tonight'. Up jumped Aunt Hagar and shouted with all her might C - . . . Let the congregation join while I sing those lovin' Aunt Hagar's Blues. PD Reprint
Aunt Rhody
Traditional
1844 PD Reprint
Aura Lee
Traditional
1861 N - a.k.a. Aura Lea PD Reprint
Avalon
Popular Song
1920 - w.m. Al Jolson, Vincent Rose V - Ev'ry morning mem'ries stray Across the sea where flying fishes play And as the night is falling I find that I'm recalling C - I found my love in Avalon Beside the bay. I left my love in Avalon and sail'd away. I dream of her and Avalon From dusk 'till dawn PD Reprint
Ave Maria ~ Gounod
Popular Song
1859 - m. Bach, Gounod, w. Gounod PD Reprint
Ave Maria ~ Schubert
Vocal, Choral
m. Franz Schubert, w. Sir Walter Scott V - Ave Maria, Maiden mild, Ah! Listen to a maiden's prayer C - Ave Maria PD Reprint
Away In a Manger
Christmas, Holiday
1885 - w. unknown, m. James R. Murray, Tune: 'Mueller' V - Away in a manger, No crib for his bed, The little Lord Jesus Laid down his sweet head. The star in the sky looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay. N - Words often erroneously attributed to Martin Luther. PD Reprint
Away in a Manger (W.J. Kirkpatrick)
Christmas, Holiday
1895 - w. anonymous, m. William J. Kirkpatrick adapted from J.E. Spilman V - Away in a manger, No crib for his bed, The little Lord Jesus Laid down his sweet head. The star in the sky looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay. N - Alternate Tune. Words often erroneously attributed to Martin Luther. PD Reprint
Aye Wakin', O!
Traditional
Traditional V - Aye Wakin', O! Wakin' aye, an' eerie, Sleep I canna get For thinkin' on my dearie, Aye Wakin', O! PD Reprint
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