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IBest Known Public Domain SongsI List of 65

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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 1922 or earlier. Our PD Sheet Music Reprints are exact reprints of books and sheet music published in 1922 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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I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None o' This Jelly Roll
Popular Song
1919 - w.m. Spencer Williams, Clarence Williams V - Lil' Willie Green from New Orleans a greedy boy was he, For he always wanted a lot a kids, Just to keep him company C - I ain't gonna give nobody none o' this jelly roll, I wouldn't give you piece o' cake to save your soul. My mama told me today When she went away To be a good boy . . . PD Reprint
I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me)
Popular Song
m. Spencer Williams, Dave Peyton, w. Roger Graham V - Say, had a sweetheart once I loved, And I was happy as could be; But now he's gone and left me here For someone else, you see. C - I Ain't Got Nobody, And Nobody Cares for Me. That's why I'm sad and lonely. Say, won't you take a chance with me? N - Early publications credited words David Young, music Charles Wakefield which is believed to be in error. PD Reprint
I Am A Poor Wayfaring StrangerSee Pilgrim's Song
I Am the Captain of the Pinafore
Traditional
1878 - w. Gilbert, m. Sullivan PD Reprint
I Can't Be True So Far Away
College
1909 - m. Joseph E. Howard, w. Will M. Hough, Frank R. Adams P - Prince Of To-Night - 1909, V - Ev'ry dream sentimental night Makes me long for you C - I can't be awful true, dear, When you're so far away, I try to think of you dear, Think of you night and day. PD Reprint
I Can't Tell Why I Love You But I Do
Popular Song
1900 - m. Gus Edwards, w. Will D. Cobb V - On a summer's day in the month of May, a story sweet was toid, By a lonesome lad, With a heart grown sad, To a lass with a heart grown cold. C - I can't tell why I love you, but I do-oo-oo. This world is full of maids the same as you-oo-oo But something I can't tell, Seems to hold me in its spell . . . PD Reprint
I Cannot Sing the Old Songs
Traditional
Claribel PD Reprint
I Don't Want To Get Well
Popular Song
1917 - m. Harry Jentes, w. Harry Pease, Howard Johnson PD Reprint
I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard
Popular Song
1894 - m. Philip Wingate, w. H. W. Petrie V - Once there lived side by side, two little maids. Used to dress just alike, hair down in braids C - I don't want to play in your yard, I don't like you any more. You'll be sorry when you see me, sliding down our cellar door. You can't holler down our rain barrel, you can't climb our apple tree . . . PD Reprint
I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls
Traditional
1843 PD Reprint
I Gave My Love a Cherry
Traditional
1850 V - I gave my love a cherry that has no stones, I gave my love a chicken that has no bones, I gave my love a ring that has no end. PD Reprint
I Just Can't Make My Eyes Behave
Popular Song
1906 - m. Gus Edwards, w. Will D. Cobb PD Reprint
I Love A Piano
Popular Song
1915 - w.m. Irving Berlin PD Reprint
I Love You So (Merry Widow Waltz)
Popular Song
1907 - m. Franz Lehar, w. Adrian Ross PD Reprint
I Love You Truly
Popular Song
1906 - w.m. Carrie Jacobs-Bond PD Reprint
I Tisket I TasketSee A-Tisket A-Tasket
I Used to Love You, But It's All Over Now
Popular Song
1920 - m. Albert Von Tilzer, w. Lew Brown PD Reprint
I Want A Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad
Popular Song
1911 - m. Harry Von Tilzer, w. Will Dillon PD Reprint
I Want To Go Back To Michigan (Down On The Farm)
Popular Song
1914 - w.m. Irving Berlin N - a.k.a. Down on the Farm PD Reprint
I Want What I Want When I Want It
Popular Song
1905 - m. Victor Herbert, w. Henry Blossom PD Reprint
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
Popular Song
1922 - w.m. Armand J. Piron V - Went to a dance with my sister Kate, ev'ry one there said she danced so great C - I Wish I could Shimmy like my sister Kate, She shivers like the Jelly on a plate PD Reprint
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
Popular Song
1909 - m. Joseph E. Howard, Harold Orlob, w. Wil M. Hough, Frank R. Adams P - Prince Of To-Night - 1909, V - You have loved lots of girls in the sweet long ago, And each one has meant heaven to you You have vowed your affection to each one in turn, And have sworn to them all you'd be true; C - I wonder who's kissing her now, I wonder who's teaching her how, Wonder who's looking into her eyes, Breathing sighs, telling lies; PD Reprint
I'd Leave Ma Happy Home for You
Popular Song
1899 PD Reprint
I'd Love To Live In Loveland With A Girl Like You
Popular Song
1910 - w.m. W.R. Williams, Leon M. Block, Harry I. Alford PD Reprint
I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time
Popular Song
1920 - m. Albert Von Tilzer, w. Neville Fleeson V - I'm writing you dear, just to tell you, In September, you remewmber . . . C - I'll be with you in apple blosson time, I'll be with you to change your name to mine PD Reprint
I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
Popular Song
1922 - m. George Gershwin, w. Ira Gershwin, Bud DeSylva P - Scandals - 1922, Musical V - All you preachers Who delight in panning the dancing teachers Let me tell you there are a lot of features Of the dance that carry you through C - I'll build a stairway to Paradise With a new step ev'ry day! I'm going to get there at any price Stand aside I'm on my way! PD Reprint
I'll Give You a Paper of Pins
Children
V - I'll give to you a paper of pins, For that's the way that love begins PD Reprint
I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
Popular Song
1876 PD Reprint
I'm a Yankee Doodle DandySee The Yankee Doodle Boy
I'm Alabama Bound
Ragtime, Music Hall
1909 - Robert Hoffman N - Rag Time Two Step. NOT 1924 Alabamy Bound, Ray Henderson, Buddy Desylba, Bud Green which is NOT PD. PD Reprint
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
Popular Song
1918 - m. Harry Carroll, w. Joe McCarthy V - At the end of the rainbow there's happiness, And to find it how often I've tried, But my life is a race, just a wild goose chase, And my dreams have all been denied. C - I'm always chasing rainbow, Watching for clouds drifting by. My schemes are just like all my dreams, Ending in the sky. PD Reprint
I'm Falling in Love with Someone
Popular Song
1910 - m. Victor Herbert, w. Rida Johnson Young PD Reprint
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
Popular Song
1919 - m. John W. Kellette, w. James Kendis, James Brockman, Nat Vincent V - I'm dreaming dreams I'm scheming schemes I'm building castles high. They're born a new their days are few Just like a sweet butterfly. C - I'm forever blowing bubbles. Pretty bubbles in the air. They fly so high nearly reach the sky, Then like my dreams they fade and die. PD Reprint
I'm Just Wild About Harry
Popular Song
1921 - w.m. Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake PD Reprint
I'm Nobody's Baby
Popular Song
1921 - w.m. Benny Davis, Milton Ager, Lester Santly V - I used to be my mother's baby, When I was near my Dad went wild C - I'm Nobody's baby, I wonder why, Each night and day I pray the Lord up above, Please send me down somebody to love PD Reprint
I'm On My Way To Mandalay
Popular Song
1913 - m. Fred Fisher, w. Alfred Bryan PD Reprint
I've Been Working On The RailroadSee Levee Song
I've Got A Pain In My Sawdust
Popular Song
1909 - m. Herman Wade, w. Henry Warner PD Reprint
I've Got a Robe, You've Got a RobeSee Going to Shout All Over God's Heaven
I've Got Rings On My Fingers
Popular Song
1909 - m. Maurice Scott, w. R.P. Weston, F.J. Barnes PD Reprint
If I Had My Way
Popular Song
1913 - m. James Kendis, w. Lou Klein PD Reprint
If I Knock the L Out of Kelly
Popular Song
1916 - m. Bert Grant, w. Joe Young, Sam Lewis PD Reprint
If We Can't Be the Same Old Sweethearts
Popular Song
1915 - m. Jimmy Monaco, w. Joe McCarthy C - If We Can't Be the Same Old Sweethearts, We'll Just Be the Same Old Friends PD Reprint
If You Were The Only Girl in the World
Popular Song
1916 - m. Nat D. Ayer, w. Clifford Grey P - Bing Boys Are Here - 1916, V - Sometimes when I feel bad and things look blue, I wish a girl I had say one like you. C - If I were the only girl in the world, And you were the only boy, Nothing else would matter in world today. PD Reprint
Il Travatore
Popular Song
PD Reprint
In A Monastery Garden
Popular Song
PD Reprint
In Good Old New York Town
Popular Song
1899 - w.m. Paul Dresser PD Reprint
In My Merry Oldsmobile
Popular Song
1905 - m. Gus Edwards, w. Vincent Bryan PD Reprint
In Old Madrid
Traditional
Trotere PD Reprint
In Old New YorkSee The Streets of New York (In Old New York)
In Old New York
Popular Song
1906 - m. Victor Herbert, w. Henry Blosson PD Reprint
In the Bright Mohawk Valley
Traditional
1890's V - For they say from this valley you're going. We shall miss your sweet face and bright smile. You will take with you all the sunshine That has gladdened out hearts for a while. C - Fot the sake of the past, do not leave me. Do not hasten to bid me adieu! On, remain in this bright Mohawk Valley, With the fond heart that lives but for you. N - Only known PD version of 'Red River Valley'. PD Reprint
In the Evening By the Moonlight
Popular Song
1878 - w.m. James A. Bland V - In de ebening by de moonlight when dis darkies work was over, We would gather round de fire, 'till de hoecake it was done C - In de ebening by de moonlight, you could hear us darkies singing, In de ebning by de moonlight, you could hear de banjo ringing PD Reprint
In the Gloaming
Children
1877 V - In the gloaming little children say goodnight to mother dear PD Reprint
In The Good Old Summertime
Popular Song
1902 - m. George Evans, w. Ren Shields V - There's a time in each year that we always hold dear, Good old summer time; With the birds and the trees-es and sweet scented breezes, Good old summer time C - In the good old summertime, in the good old summertime. Strolling thro' the shandy lanes With your baby mine; You hold her hand and she holds yours . . . PD Reprint
In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Popular Song
1905 - m. Egbert Van Alstyne, w. Harry H. Williams PD Reprint
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
Popular Song
1917 - m. James.F. Hanley, w. Ballard MacDonald V - I have always been a wand'rer, Over land and sea. Yet a moonbeam on the water Casts a spell o'er me C - Back home again in Indiana, And it seems that I can see The gleaming candle light still shining bright Thru the sycamores for me PD Reprint
Indianola
Popular Song
1917 - w.m. S.R. Henry, Domenico Savino PD Reprint
Integer Vitae
College
Fleming PD Reprint
Iola
Popular Song
1906 - m. Charles L. Johnson, w. James O'Dea N - The chorus of Iola is the melody to the 1940 hit Playmates by Saxie Dowell. Charles L. Johnson sued and there was an out of court settlement. Playmates words were likely stolen from I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard, 1894. PD Reprint
Ireland Must Be Heaven, for My Mother Came From There
Popular Song
1916 - m. Fred Fisher, w. Joe McCarthy, Howard Johnson V - I've often heard my daddy speak of Ireland's lake and dells, The place must be like Heaven, if it's half like what he tells. C - Ireland must be Heaven, for an angel came from there. I never knew a living soul one half as sweet or fair. PD Reprint
Irish Washerwoman
Traditional
1792 PD Reprint
It's A Long, Long Way to Tipperary
Popular Song
1912 - w.m. Jack Judge, Harry H. Williams PD Reprint
It's Nice to Get Up in the Morning
Popular Song
1913 - w.m. Harry Lauder V - O! ye'll never never never thrive lying in yer bed C - O, it's nice to get up in the morning when the sun begins to shine PD Reprint
Italian Street Song
Popular Song
1910 - m. Victor Herbert, w. Rida Johnson Young V - Ah! my heart is back in Napoli, Dear Napoli C - Zing, Zing, zizzy, zizzy,zing, zing, Boom, boom aye PD Reprint
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