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7 Surprisingly Sexy Songs From The Public Domain

Looking for some sexy songs for that special occasion?

How about a few popularly scandalous songs from the public domain?

While most of these songs are not particularly sexy as sung – let’s face it, the style of popular music in the early-1900s simply didn’t lend much by way of sex appeal – the naughtiness (or sometimes sheer dreaminess) is there in the lyrics.

These are songs that, with just a modicum of tweaking, could set your sweet thing on fire.

They also have the considerable advantage of being free to consume, record, and distribute.

So, if you need some copyright and royalty free sexy tunes, whatever your reason, here are a few worth considering.

(NOTE: While public domain songs are copyright and royalty free, keep in mind that just because a song is in the public domain doesn’t mean a performance of that song is.

More recent recordings of public domain songs – anything recorded after 1926 – don’t fall under current public domain, but remain the property of their record labels and recording artists.)

And now for the songs –

Sexy Free Songs From The Public Domain

All Alone (1911)

Written by: Harry Von Tilzer & Will Dillon

“All Alone” Sample Lyric

Take a car, it’s not far

My time is all my own

Hurry up, there’s something missing

We’ll have lots of kissing

Where to Find “All Alone”

Library of Congress Digital Copy
All Alone Sheet Music (from The University of Iowa)

Beautiful Dreamer (1864)

Written by: Stephen Collins Foster

“Beautiful Dreamer” Sample Lyric

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me

Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee

Sounds of the rude world heard in the day

Lulled by the moonlight have all passed away

Where to Find “Beautiful Dreamer”

Library of Congress Digital Copy
Beautiful Dreamer Sheet Music (from the Library of Congress)

Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland (1909)

Written by: Leo Friedman & Beth Slater Whitson

“Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland” Sample Lyric

Dreaming of you, that’s all I do

Night and day for you I’m pining

And in your eyes, blue as the skies

I can see the lovelight softly shining

Where to Find “Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland”

Internet Archive Digital Copy
Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (from Connecticut College)

Whispering (1920)

Written by: John Schonberger & Malvin Schonberger

“Whispering” Sample Lyric

Honey, I have something to tell you

And it’s worthwhile listening to

Put your little head on my shoulder

So that I can whisper to you

Where to Find “Whispering”

Library of Congress Digital Copy
Whispering Sheet Music (from Connecticut College)

Put Your Arms Around Me Honey (1910)

Written by: Albert Von Tilzer & Junie McCree

“Put Your Arms Around Me Honey” Sample Lyric

Put your arms around me honey, hold me tight

Huddle up and cuddle up with all your might

Oh babe, won’t you roll dem eyes, eyes that I just idolize

Where to Find “Put Your Arms Around Me Honey”

Library of Congress Digital Copy
Put Your Arms Around Me Honey Sheet Music (from Indiana State University)

There’s Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes (1924)

Written by: Joseph H. Santly & Cliff Friend

(Warning: This song has the same vibe as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” but even more so. If you find that song problematic, you’ll almost certainly find this one problematic.)

“There’s Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes” Sample Lyric

Your lips tell me no! no!

But there’s Yes! Yes! in your eyes

Where to Find “There’s Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes”

Library of Congress Digital Copy
There’s Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes Sheet Music (from Arizona State University)

Do It Again! (1922)

Written by: George Gershwin & B.G. De Sylva

(Warning: Like “There’s Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes,” this song has the same vibe as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” but even more so. If you find that song problematic, you’ll almost certainly find this one problematic.)

“Do It Again!” Sample Lyric

I’ve only met you and I shouldn’t let you, but

Oh, do it again

I may say “No, no, no, no, no”

But do it again

Where to Find “Do It Again!”

Library of Congress Digital Copy (instrumental)
Do It Again! Sheet Music (from The University of Maine)

This concludes our list of surprisingly sexy songs in the public domain.

Need something with a little more innocence for your romantic rendezvous?

Check out 14+ Ultra-Romantic (and Popular) Public Domain Love Songs for Valentine’s Day & Beyond.

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