The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #50343   Message #3985198
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Mar-19 - 10:59 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Jesus on the Main Line / ...Mainline
Subject: RE: Origin: Jesus on the Main Line / ...Mainline
In a message posted above, Masato says the earliest known recordings were from 1937. I'm guessing that a song based on telephone service, can't be earlier than the 1920s - so it quite likely was composed during the period that is not in the public domain.
Several entries in the Harry Fox Agency Website say the song is "traditional" or public domain. I think I'd feel safe saying the song is in the public domain.