Here you’ll find public domain songs as downloadable PDFs and MP3 recordings, as well as some songs used by the permission of other authors/copyright holders.
Many sites state songs are in the public domain when they are not. A song does not enter the public domain until 70 years or more after the date the author has died (not the date the song was written). For questions on copyright, see http://www.copyright.gov/. You may also want to check the website http://www.pdinfo.com/Copyright-Law/Copyright-and-Public-Domain.php. I have made every effort to ensure the songs here are in the public domain or have the author’s permission to include them (noted on song). If you believe I have made an error, please contact me.
If a song includes a permission to use or registered trademarks (such as the words Girl Scout), it must be used in accordance with the owner’s guidelines.
Feel free to share these songs, but please keep the name and web address on them (or add them if they are not there) and please do not change or omit any of the text (quoting is fine). If you want to reprint these for profit-oriented purposes, please contact me.
You may also wish to visit Popular Songs in American History or Folk Music of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and America for additional song information. Please note their lyrics often include fewer verses.
Thank you and enjoy!