After the Ball

Charles K. Harris

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Song : D
Intro :
Bb G7 Cm7 F7

Bb F7
Once a little maiden climbed an old man's knee,
Begged for a story – "Do, Uncle, please.
Why are you single; why live alone?
Bb F7 Bb
Have you no babies; have you no home?"
D Eb Bb
"I had a sweetheart years, years ago;
Eb Bb Eb F7
Where she is now pet, you will soon know.
Bb Eb
List to the story, I'll tell it all,
F7 Bb G7 C7 F7 Bb
I believed her faithless after the ball."

Refrain :
Ab Db Ab
After the ball is over,
After the break of morn
Bbm F7 Bbm
After the dancers' leaving;
Eb7 Ab
After the stars are gone;
Db Ab
Many a heart is aching,
F7 Bb
If you could read them all;
Eb Ab F7
Many the hopes that have vanished
Bb Eb7 Ab
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, broken, that's all,
Just as my heart was after the ball.

Repeat refrain

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 dear, after the ball.