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 TitleV=Verse   C=Chorus   N=Note   P=Production
w=Words   m=Music
1 - 3  $5 ea
4 up  $4 ea
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
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
Reuben and Rachel
Traditional
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
The RiddleSee I Gave My Love a Cherry
Rings on My FingersSee I've Got Rings On My Fingers
Roamin' In The Gloamin'
Popular Song
1911 - m. Harry Lauder, w. George Grafton PD Reprint
Robin Adair
Traditional
1750 PD Reprint
Rock A Bye Baby
Children
1765 V - Rock a bye baby on the tree top, When the wind blows the cradle will rock 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
Traditional
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 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 Your Boat
Children
V - Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream.Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream. PD Reprint
Row, Row, Row
Popular Song
1912 - m. James V. Monaco, w. William Jerome 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
Traditional
1896 - Sinding PD Reprint
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