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There are hundreds of country and western songs from 1922 and earlier. A few examples would be

  • Down By the Old Mill Stream (1910)
  • Erie Canal (1913)
  • Tuck Me to Sleep (1922)
  • Til the Clouds Roll By (1917)
  • Buffalo Gals (1844)
  • Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie (pre-1912)
  • My Darling Clementine (1884)
  • Git Along Little Dogie (pre-1917)
  • Home on the Range (1873)
  • Red River Valley (pre-1876)
  • Streets of Laredo (variant of early 19c Ballad)
  • Sweet Betsy from Pike (1858)
  • Yellow Rose of Texas (c 1836)
  • Turkey in the Straw (1834)
  • Ol' Dan Tucker (1843)
  • Arkansas Traveler (1922)
  • Sally Gooden (1922)
  • Worried Man (19c)

Looking for lists of "folk," "roots," or "southern gospel" music will expand this list significantly.

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In the US, all songs published before 1923 are in the public domain (although sound recordings of them may not be). A good resource is linked below, but you can also look at the wikipedia pages for "1922 in music" and so on for a list. Folk Music, traditional songs, and hundreds of hymns are PD as well.

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