After the Ball

Melody - Charles K. Harris, 1892; Seq. by Don Ferguson

Charles K. Harris, 1892

A little 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 she is now, pet, you will soon know,
List' to the story, I'll tell it all,
I believed her faithless, after the ball.
After the ball is over, after the break of morn,
After the dancer's leaving, after the stars are gone;
Many a heart is aching, if you could read them all;
Many the hopes that have vanished, after the ball.
2. Bright lights were flashing 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, broekn that's all,
Just as my heart was, after the ball.

3. Long years have passed child - I've 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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