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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
1 - 3  $5 ea
4 up  $4 ea
Wait 'Til the Sun Shine Nellie
Popular Song
1905 - m. Harry Von Tilzer, w. Andrew Sterling PD Reprint
Wait Till My Ship Comes In
Popular Song
1898 - m. Max S. Witt, w. George Taggart PD Reprint
Waiting for the Robert E. Lee
Popular Song
1912 - m. Lewis F. Muir, w. L. Wolfe Gilbert PD Reprint
Waltz Me Around Again, Willie
Popular Song
1906 - m. Ren Shields, w. Will D. Cobb PD Reprint
Waltz of the Flowers- The Nutcracker Suite
Traditional
1891 - Tchaikovsky PD Reprint
Waltzing Matilda
Traditional
1903 V - Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong, Under the shade of a coolibah tree, And he sang as he watched and waited till his Billy boiled, 'You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.' C - Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me. N - CAUTION: Many well known versions were published after 1922 and are NOT in the public domain in the USA. PD Reprint
Wang Wang Blues
Popular Song
1921 - m. Gus Mueller, Buster Johnson, Henry Busse, w. Leo Wood PD Reprint
Washington and Lee Swing
Popular Song
PD Reprint
Washington Post
Patriotic
1889 - m. John Philip Sousa N - March PD Reprint
Way Down Upon the Swanee RiverSee Old Folks at Home
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Popular Song
1922 - w.m. Henry Creamer, Turner Layton V - Guess! Where do you think I'm going when the winds start blowing strong? Guess! Where do you think I'm going when the nights start growing long? C - Way down yonder in New Orleans In the land of dreamy scenes There's a garden of Eden. That's what I mean. PD Reprint
We Won't Go Home Till Morning
Traditional
V - We're all met here together, We all met here together . . . To eat and drink good cheer C - For we won't go home till morning,We won't go home till morning . . . Till day light does appear. N - Tune: For He's A Jolly Good Fellow PD Reprint
Wearin' o' the Green
Traditional
1798 PD Reprint
Were You There?
Spiritual
V - Were you there when they crucified my Lord? C - O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, Were you there when they crucified my Lord? PD Reprint
What A Friend We Have in Jesus
Hymn
1876 - m. C. Crozat Converse, w. H. Bonar V - What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and grief to bear PD Reprint
What You Goin' To Do When The Rent Comes 'Round
Popular Song
1905 - m. Harry Von Tilzer, w. Andrew Sterling C - Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown, What You Goin' To Do When The Rent Comes 'Round PD Reprint
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Popular Song
1912 - m. Ernest Ball, w. Chauncey Olcott, George Graff V - There's a tear in your eye, And I'm wondering why, For it never should be there at all. C - When Irish eyes are smiling, Sure it's like a morn in Spring. In the lilt of Irish laughter, You can hear the angels sing. PD Reprint
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Patriotic
1863 - w.m. Louis Lambert, pseudonymn of Patrick Sarsfield Gil V - When Johnny comes marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah! We'll give him a hearty welcome then. Hurrah! Hurrah! C - . . . And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home. N - Possibly derived from Irish Anti-War Song "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye" PD Reprint
When My Baby Smiles at Me
Popular Song
1919 - m. Bill Munro, w. Andrew Sterling, Ted Lewis PD Reprint
When the Chariot Comes
Spiritual
V - O who will drive the chariot when she cu-hu-hu-hu-hums? O who will drive chariot when she comes? C - O who will drive the chariot, O who will drive the chariot, O who will drive the chariot when she comes? N - Original tune for She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain PD Reprint
When the Saints Go Marching In
Popular Song
1896 - Origin Unknown, Likely Black Spiritual V - Thro' the shining gate, Where the angels wait, When the saints are marching in, The Redeemer shall come And be crowned at home, When the saints are marching in. C - When the saints are marching in, When the saints are marching in, Joyful songs of salvation thro' the sky shall ring, When the saints are marching in. N - A hymn published in 1896, When the Saints Are Marching In, James M. Black, is similar but far from exact. There is no known exact publication with a copyright date of 1922 or earlier, but it is widely accepted to be in the public domain. PD Reprint
When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Popular Song
1866 - w. George W. Johnson, m. James Austin Butterfield V - I wandered today to the hill, Maggie, To watch the scene below! The creek and the creaking old mis, Maggie, As we used to long a go. C - Maggie, Since you and I were young. PD Reprint
When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose
Popular Song
1914 - m. Percy Weinrich, w. Jack Mahoney PD Reprint
Where Has My Little Dog Gone
College
V - Oh where, oh where has my little dog tone. Oh, where, oh where can he be? PD Reprint
Whiffenpoof Song
Popular Song
1909 - m. Tod Galloway, w. Meade Minnigerode, George S. Pomeroy V - From the tables down at Mory's, to the place where Judas dwells, to the dear old Temple Bar we love so well. C - We are poor little lambs who have gone astray. Baa Baa Baa. We are little black sheep who have lost our way. Baa Baa Baa. PD Reprint
Whispering
Popular Song
1920 - m. John Schonberger, w. Malvin Schonberger V - Honey I have something to tell you And it's worthwhile listening to C - Whispering while you cuddle near me, Whispering so no one can hear me. PD Reprint
Whispering Hope
Popular Song
1868 - w.m. Alice Hawthorne V - Soft as the voice of an angel, Breathing a lesson unheard. Hope with a gentle persuasion, Whispers her comforting word C - Whispering Hope, Oh how welcome thy voice. Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice. N - Alice Hawthorne is pseudonymn for Septimus Winner PD Reprint
White Coral Bells (May Bells)
Traditional
V - White Coral Bells upon a slender stalk -- Lillies of the valley deck our garden walk. Oh, don't you wish that you could hear them ring . . . PD Reprint
Wild Irish RoseSee My Wild Irish Rose
William Tell Overture
Traditional
1829 - Rossini N - TV Theme for "The Lone Ranger" PD Reprint
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