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Popular song standards currently in the public domain

Sheet music forall of the following songs is in the public domain and most are available for free online from various library digital archives (see links at bottom to find music online). 

(Note: This is a somewhat randomly-chosen list of highlights, and is not a complete list of anything.)

After You've Gone
Alexander's Ragtime Band    [by Irving Berlin]
All By Myself    [by Irving Berlin] 
Am I Blue?
Avalon
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Carolina in the Morning
Chicago
Chinatown, My Chinatown
Do It Again    [by George Gershwin]
Hot Lips
(Back Home Again in) Indiana
I Ain't Got Nobody
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
I'm Just Wild About Harry    [by Eubie Blake] 
Ja Da
The Japanese Sandman
Limehouse Blues
Linger Awhile
Look for the Silver Lining    [by Jerome Kern] 
Love Nest
Margie
The Memphis Blues
My Buddy    [by Walter Donaldson]
My Sweetie Went Away
Oh By Jingo
Poor Butterfly
Rose Room
Runnin' Wild
The Sheik of Araby
Some of These Days
Someday Sweetheart
St. Louis Blues
Swingin' Down the Lane
There'll Be Some Changes Made
They Didn't Believe Me    [by Jerome Kern]
'Till the Clouds Roll By    [by Jerome Kern] 
Toot Toot Tootsie
Wang Wang Blues
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Whispering
Who's Sorry Now?
The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
You've Got to See Mama Every Night

More song titles can be found in the series of Wikipedia articles titled "[YEAR] in Music" (e.g. "1918 in Music" at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_in_music)

Note:
Newer arrangements of these songs (as found in songbook collections and anthologies) are not necessarily out of copyright. Original sheet music publications of these songs are public domain, however.

Sources for scanned sheet music:

 Johns Hopkins Libaries' Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection:
http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/collection-search

Maine Digital Commons Vocal Popular Sheet Music Collection:
https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mmb-vp/

Sheet Music Consortium project via UCLA:
http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/sheetmusic/

Stanford University list of digital sheet music resources and links:
https://library.stanford.edu/music/digital-scores

Old-Fashioned Girl

Okay so, I know this isn't technically a choir thing, but I really need opinions on a song I just finished writing, because I feel like there is something weird about it, but I can't really think of what it is. Does anyone know what I should do? Please leave suggestions, I honestly don't know what to do. 
-Rosetta

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WVR5yqod44hQXkGeRW3mHFH7wUye9crn4kHAprgs-yg/edit?usp=sharing 

Still more words requiring a composer

These words have 6 syllables in every line. Every other line rhymes. Try writing a song for this visit, by a mysterious stranger, to an inn. (In the middle of a storm)
You think up the title...

The wind howled, thunder roared,
And lightning smote the sky
Rain battered on the roof,
Charcoal clouds swirled on high
A dark figure trudged up
The rain and mud filled lane
His black cape was pulled tight
To try and stop the rain

A lantern shone ahead,
Swinging in the fierce storm
Towards this beacon went
The dark and rain soaked form
Shutters closed to the wind
Showed but a crack of light
To the door he did go
A shadow in the night

The keep heard the wind howl
As he opened the door
And inside, water ran
From cape onto the floor
Face hidden by his brim
His collar turned up high
He closed the tavern door
Against the winds harsh cry

A muddy trail he left
To a chair by the wall
He sat, back to the fire,
For warmth against the squall
From beneath his cape came
A gloved hand with some gold
He beckoned for hot stew
And a mug of ale cold

Reaching up, he undid
The clasps that held his cape
He threw it on a chair,
A black and formless shape
His hair was long and black
Though shadow hid his face
A steel sword turned to gold
By flick’ring fireplace

Silently, ate his stew
Then chased it down with ale
Outside the storm had turned
Into a north-east gale
He stood and donned his cape
And turned towards the door
Without a word he went,
Across the cold black moor.

"How to write (better) lyrics?" - A tip

 Hi,

how do you write interesting lyrics, how do you avoid cliches, how do you find and create interesting metaphores, how do you create something beautiful, how to change lyrics into which directions, what's your rhyme-dictionary, how to avoid the perfect rhyme?

These are the subject of Pat Pattison's books. Pat is to lyrics what a mechanic is to my car :)

Just as a teaser:
* lyric is a car
* car of lyric
* lyric's car

-> what images do these create for you, and how can you use them for your lyrics?
E.g.
* lyric brings you to destination, lyrics move, lyrics entice
* / your turn :)

Best, Michael

"How to write (better) lyrics?" - A tipp

in Lyrics

Hi,

how do you avoid cliches, how do you find and create interesting metaphores, how do you create something beautiful, how to change lyrics into which directions, what's your rhyme-dictionary, how to avoid the perfect rhyme?

These are the subject of Pat Pattison's books. Pat is to lyrics what a mechanic is to my car :)

Just as a teaser:
* lyric is a car
* car of lyric
* lyric's car

-> what images do these create for you, and how can you use them for your lyrics?
E.g.
* lyric brings you to destination, lyrics move, lyrics entice
* / your turn :)

Best, Michael

Lyrics Needing A Composer

could smeone help me with the song
Something Rock Or Jazzy Or prefarably Both

(intro) Oh Baby, 
Why did you have to lie?
I thought you loved me? 
I thought i was the only one. 
Have you ever? 
Thought About me? 
Have you ever? 
Cared for me?  
Oh, i know you never did.  
(bridge)  
You used me…. 
Oh..you hurt me… 
Just because i am weak  
OHH,while you loved her… 
You told me… 
I was the only one… 
But you lied baby! 
You betrayed me Baby!  

(Chorus)
 Am i nothing to you… 
Am i just someone that you used… 
Am i just someone that you played…  
I’ve let you devour me!!
 Because Heaven Knows!! 
I love you more than anything!!!!  
I would die for you Oh! 
I would even kill for you baby 
I would do and give  Anything for you  

(bridge2) 
SO BABY!!!! 
I know i’m an idiot To say this!!!
 But Please, 
Come back to me… 
Even though.. 
You’re a Selfish Man 
I’ll forgive all your mistakes  

(Chorus 2) 
Because BABY 
I can’t live without you. 
I would rather die.. 
Instead of… 
Loving someone else… 
Oh BABY!!! You are my only one!! You are my Baby!! OH BABY!! You Are My MAN!!!!  

(Bridge 3)
 I know i’m Stupid To think… 
That you’ll change  
Because you lied to me… 
Because you used me… 
And Also!!!
 BEcause you love Someone Else!!!!!
  I know… 
I should’ve moved on Especially.. From a man like you..  

(Ending)
 OH GOD!!! 
HELP ME PLEASE!!! 
Help ME Out OF This Misery!!!!
  All i want is this pain to be gone… 
But he keeps hurting me… 
He loves her now… 
But he keeps telling me… 
He still loves me…

a song waiting for lyrics ?

This is part of a set of 10 pieces of folk music, which I have written this year and named the Sutherland Reels ( they are not all reels !). Do you think it could be developed as a song with the additions of lyrics and vocals ?

https://musescore.com/user/29915057/scores/5317700

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSfNgdi7huA

In the youtube version I am playing a Yamaha synth. Using sinsy I could generate a synthesized vocal and add it to that.   

Girlfriend (Icona Pop) SSAA A Cappella Arrangement/Cover

Hi! I hope everyone's having a good day! :) I just wanted to share something with you guys really quickly.

So, like many of you, I arrange music for a cappella and choirs. And I also love singing some of these arrangements myself!

I just posted a video on YouTube of me singing one of my a cappella SSAA arrangements, and I would love to hear your feedback on both the arrangement and the vocals. I want to do everything I can to improve!

Here's the video: https://youtu.be/fud4SxrsliU
And here's the sheet music: https://musescore.com/lareinedeslapins/girlfriend-ssaa-a-cappella

I would appreciate it so much if you guys would take a look at this. It means a lot to me.

Thank you! Have a lovely day! :D

SATB turning to SSA

I joined a non-audition choir recently that only has about 8 members. I just found out that the Bass (the only male) is leaving in a few months. We have some events coming up andneed help find some SSA arrangements. 

Just a little bit of background. Our S1s are S1s because they can only sing the melody and not because they can sing high. I often re-arrange music because of this. So anything where the melody is in a mezzo range is fine, I can give the high harmonies to the S2s.

Please help with recommendations! Thank you!