Fiddlin' John Carson After The Ball cover

After The Ball
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Verse 1
A little maiden climbed an old man's knees-
Verse 2
Begged for a story: "Do uncle, please!
Verse 3
Why are you single, why live alone?
Verse 4
Have you no babies, have you no home?"
Verse 5
"I had a sweetheart, years, years ago,
Verse 6
Where she is now, pet, you will soon know;
Verse 7
List to the story, I'll tell it all:
Verse 8
I believed her faithless after the ball."
Verse 9
"Bright lights were flashing in the grand ballroom,
Verse 10
Softly the music playing sweet tunes.
Verse 11
There came my sweetheart, my love, my own,
Verse 12
'I wish some water; leave me alone.'
Verse 13
When I returned, dear, there stood a man
Verse 14
Kissing my sweetheart as lovers can.
Verse 15
Down fell the glass, pet, broken, that's all-
Verse 16
Just as my heart was after the ball."
Verse 17
"Long years have passed, child, I have never wed,
Verse 18
True to my lost love though she is dead.
Verse 19
She tried to tell me, tried to explain-
Verse 20
I would not listen, pleadings were vain.
Verse 21
One day a letter came from that man;
Verse 22
He was her brother, the letter ran.
Verse 23
That's why I'm lonely, no home at all-
Verse 24
I broke her heart, pet, after the ball."
Verse 25
Chorus:
Verse 26
After the ball is over, after the break of morn,
Verse 27
After the dancers' leaving, after the stars are gone,
Verse 28
Many a heart is aching, if you could read them all-
Verse 29
Source: Many the hopes that have vanished after the ball.

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