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So, what songs do you play in your sets, in your homes, at jams, that are PD?

 

Out of the several hours of music I know by heart, I can only think of a few.

 

I do solo guitar arrangements of Fur Elise, Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. And that's it in the PD realm. Nothing vocal that I can recall.

 

Is the Banana Boat Song (Day-O) PD as well? I think Belafonte probably owns the copyright to most of those tunes from Calypso.

 

In one of the guitar methods I use there are pages of PD tunes, but I don't perform those too often.

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With the exception of Metallica does any band really care if you play their songs. LOL.

I thought that anything over 20 years old was PD, I'm probably wrong though. It would be nice to find out though. :thu:

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With the exception of Metallica does any band really care if you play their songs. LOL.

I thought that anything over 20 years old was PD, I'm probably wrong though. It would be nice to find out though.
:thu:

 

I'm not concerned about copyright infringement, just curious about PD songs in anyone's repertoire.

 

If 20 years were the limit for PD, then all those hair metal power ballads are PD. And we know that ain't so.

 

fyi...

Wiki PD

 

http://www.pdinfo.com/index.php

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Well, I think that we all sing PD songs at Christmas time. Actually, any song published before 1922 is in the PD. Those of us that attempt an Irish ballad or two are in the PD, such as Drunken Sailor. Right now th only song that I can think of that I do regularly in the PD is Duncan & Brady.

Bob

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Shenandoah

America the Beautiful

Sailors Hornpipe

Star Spangled Banner

Cripple Creek

Danny Boy (Londonderry Aire)

Simple Gifts

Ave Maria

 

copyright laws are different in Europe than they are in the US.

 

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I do mostly my own songs, but there is one that I do occasionally....Spanish is a lovin' tongue....I do it as it was originally written. it's a sad old cowboy poem about a failed inter-racial relationship....

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A couple hundred songs I learned in the Ozarks, the Congo, and in Europe/other travels.

 

Off the top of my head:

 

Pretty Polly

Gallant Vanity

The Farmer's Curst Wife

All Around My Hat

The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington

Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair

Fairwell To Tarwathie

The Female Highwayman

Greenland Whale Fisheries

Gypsy Davy

The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter

The Minstral Boy

The Rose of Tralee

Scarborough Fair

The Four Marys

Cocaine Dun Kilt My Baby

Banaha

Mikomba

Lord Rendall

Reuben Ranzo

Married to a Mermaid

The Keeper of the Eddystone Light

Kamimbi

Sally Don't You Grieve

The Black Knight And The Child In The Road

Bury Me Beneath The Willow

Aura Lee

Maningi Daba

Barbara Allen

Willie The Weeper and Minnie The Mooch

 

 

Bunch more in my notebooks. :)

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unless otherwise noted and expressly stated, I'm pretty sure Time Warner owns everything including your own compositions.

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I have a few Canadian folkie PD songs that I do occasionally:

 

Farewell to Nova Scotia

I'se the Bye

A La Claire Fontaine

 

 

...one that I do occasionally....Spanish is a lovin' tongue....I do it as it was originally written. ....

 

I love this song - I attempt (feebly) to copy the Ian & Sylvia version. The way Ian cries out "Adios Me Corazon" in the last verse makes my hair stand up.

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Hmmmm.....there are probably more, but these are ones I play most frequently:

 

The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry

The Water is Wide

Farewell to Tarwathie

Scarborough Fair

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