Public Domain Songs

Printed works published before 1924 are in the public domain in the United States. This is a list of public domain songs from the LDS hymnbook and Children’s Songbook. Note that modifications to songs that were done after 1924 – added verses, new music arrangements, specific translations, page layout, etc. – are not automatically in the public domain, even if the original is. Modified songs are marked with an asterisk or dagger according to the key below:

* The text as it appears in the current hymnbook or Children’s Songbook is not in public domain; however, the original text is (pre-1924).
† The arrangement as it appears in the hymnbook or Children’s Songbook is not in public domain; however, the original tune is (pre-1924).

This is not a comprehensive list – here's what I'm still working on: 1) Tunes are more difficult to track down than texts, so some additional tunes may be in the public domain. 2) Some works from 1924–1964 are in the public domain, depending on their copyright renewal. This has to be checked on a case-by-case basis. 3) Texts and tunes not in the current English hymnbook or Children's Songbook.

Hymns

Children’s Songbook