Once a young maiden climbed an old man’s knee
Begged for a story, “Do Uncle please,
Why are you single, why live alone?
Have you no babies, have you no home?”
“I had a sweetheart years, years, ago
Where is she now pet? You will soon know
List to my story I’ll tell it all
I believed her faithless after the Ball.

Chorus: After the Ball is over, after the break of morn
After the dancers leaving, after the stars have gone
Many a heart is aching, if you could read them all
Many the hopes that have vanished, after the Ball.

Bright lights were gleaming in the grand ballroom
Softly the music playing sweet tunes
There came my sweetheart, my love, my own
I wish some water, leave me alone
When I returned, dear, there stood a man
Kissing my sweetheart as lovers can
Down fell the glass, pet, broken that’s all
Just as my heart was after the Ball.


Long years have passed, child, I have never wed
True to my lost love, though she is dead
She tried to tell me, tried to explain
I would not listen, pleadings were vain
One day a letter came from that man
He was her brother the letter ran
That’s why I’m lonely, no home at all
I broke her heart, pet, after the Ball.

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Written in 1891 by Charles K. Harris
Performed by George Lashwood (1863-1942)
Performed by J. Aldrich Libbey (1875-1925)
'After The Ball Is Over' became the most successful song of its era, which at that time was gauged by the sales of sheet music. In 1892 it sold over two million copies of sheet music. Its total sheet music sales exceed five million copies, making it the best seller in Tin Pan Alley's history.
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